Guide To Error C00D1163 In Windows Media Player

Error C00D1163 is  “Windows Media Player cannot play this DVD because a problem with digital copyright protection”.  There have been a number of different solutions and workarounds given, if none of these apply to you, ask the maker of your DVD decoder about it.  They should be the ones addressing this, and from what I have found, they are not.

This error will generally mean one of the following

  • You are using TV-Out on your video card, and your video card only supports Dualview mode for DVD playback.
  • You are using Component Out from your video card/breakout box/dongle
  • You have the file mpgdec.ax on your system.
  • You have more than one MPEG-2 decoder installed, one of which does not do CSS.

The first thing you want to check is the TV-Out issue.  Right click on your Desktop and select Properties.  Goto the Settings tab and then click on Advanced.  The next steps will depend on the version and manufacturer of your video card drivers.  If you have the standard, default Microsoft drivers you are not going to see anything that is going to help.  If you have the latest set of OEM drivers installed then you will seen a lot of tabs, find the one that deals with Displays and if TV-Out is enabled make sure Dualview is selected.  I’m not sure what ATI calls, NVIDIA’s name for it is Dualview.  After selecting Dualview, reboot your PC and then try and play the DVD again.  If the same error occurs please keep reading.

If you are using Component Outputs to your TV the output resoltuion is limited.  Software like AnyDVD would be required to make this setup work correctly.

The next step is to search your system for the file mpgdec.ax.  This is Elecard/Moonlights MPEG-2 decoder, it is not a DVD decoder, thus it will error out while trying to play a DVD.  mpgdec.ax is installed with many different pieces of software.  This would include DVD X Copy and just about every “Codec Pack” you will find out their.  Another note that “Codec Packs” generally include a ton of pirated software and decoders.  It is a good idea to never install them.  You don’t need them anyway.  If this file is on your system, read on.

Dealing with this file is not fun at all.  If you installed DVD X Copy and wish to use the software (Side Note: 321 Studios is gone, they made DVD X Copy and last a lawsuit with the MPAA.  The software should really be deleted to help with this problem.  Check out DVD Shrink for a free package that does a better job) the file must stay on the system.  To fix this you must un-register mpgdec.ax, and then reinstall your DVD decoder.  To do this goto Start>>Run>>Type “regsvr32.exe /u C:\Location\of the file\mpgdec.ax” – Then hit Enter.  This should say it succeeded, if not you likely name to change the path so it is correct.  Now, if you are one of the people who would like to use DVD X Copy still, after you watch your DVD you need to run regsvr32.exe C:\Location\of the file\mpgdec.ax.

When running regsvr32.exe  you must use the old DOS 8 letter file naming.  So C:\Program Files = C:\Progra~1 (Note: Progra~1 is 6 letters/numbers long, followed by ~1 to make 8 total.)  Another example for you is C:\Program Files\Movie Maker.  This would be typed C:\Progra~1\MovieM~1\, note I took the space out.  As you can see, if you don’t know what you are doing this is not a fun process.

Now that you have mpgdec.ax un-registered, you will want to reinstall your DVD decoder.  In many cases if you do not reinstall the DVD decoder, WMP and other applications will produce C00D10BD.  Now that you have reinstalled your DVD decoder, reboot, and things should be working.

The third reason is basically the same as the mpgdec.ax.  There are a few other open source MPEG-2 decoders that do not do CSS (Decrypt a DVD).  Again, the case with these is removing or un-registering the filter (.ax file) and then reinstalling your DVD decoder.  In order to find out what other decoders might be causing the issue, you can run DVDUPGRD /Detect from Start>>Run and/or download the Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility and run it to view the currently installed DVD/MPEG-2 Decoders.

Last Resort

  • Send an e-mail to the maker of your DVD decoder.  They really do need to be addressing these errors.  They should be able to provide some more information on the subject.
  • Purchase software like AnyDVD.  This should really be your last step.  This software will get around the CSS Protection and allow your DVD to play.  I personally would not spend money on this application just to get around this error, I already paid for my DVD decoder, and the maker should support it.

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