What is a decoder, and how do I fix it?
I have a Dell XPS 410 w/xp media center. Until very recently, my DVD RW was working fine.
The other day, I tried putting in a blank DVD RW disk, and the drive designation for the player actually went from DVD to CD! In trying to make it work (obviously to no avail - reason for this post) an error message came back telling me I need a decoder.
Dell does not feel it is necessary to include such things on their download site, even though their system obviously allowed the file to be blown up. And, of course, they want about $60.00 from me to get the software that I had already paid for when I bought the system.
Before I bother spending any money, I really want to know what a decoder is. If I buy one, how do I know what to buy? How will I know it will work with what I have?
Is the decoder the same as a codec?
If you don't wish to explain it to me, is there somewhere I can find out about it?