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My friend let me borrow the first season of Lost on DVD. I thought at first that this would be a fairly standard procedure--stick the DVD in the slot and let the autoplay do the work. Unfortunately, the producers of Buena Vista Home Entertainment seem to think that I want their crappy and unspeakably ugly InterActual media center in order to get all of the "bonus" content. I don't, really. But I install it just to humor the program, and run the DVD on Windows Media Player anyway.

I manage to watch the first two episodes, enough to get me hooked--and then the computer decides to go nuts on me. It turns out that InterActual had, during my viewing hours, switched my preferred media player to be theirs, disabled my DVD decoders, and effectively ruin my computer's DVD capacity. I try sticking in other DVDs just to check if anything's running.

Nothing. I get audio, but ONLY audio--and that's on WMP, Quicktime, and RealPlayer. What's more, the stupid menu that worked so perfectly for the first two episodes has been disabled, and now the DVD loops the menu music endlessly. I try directly selecting the different tracks in the List Pane, but the only one that "works" is the title page. [Mad]

Something seriously screwy is going on here, and I want to know how to fix it. I never wanted the InterActual player in the first place, and to think that it ruined my DVD drive makes me downright angry.

Has anyone else here experienced this problem? If so, is there any real solution for it?

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What was your original DVD player? Power DVD, or some variant thereof?

First I would try removing InterActual's player (Start/Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs) and see if that clears up the problem.

If that does not, if your computer came with DVD driver disks and/or an install for your orignal dvd player software, I'd try uninstalling and reinstalling.

Failing that, another option is to try System Restore to a point before installing InterActual's player.

In most cases, if you "explore" rather than "autoplay" a disk, there are ways to avoid aggressive and annoying software installs.

Good luck.

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