DVD Support in Windows 98


This article lists DVD decoder adapters that are supported in Windows 98.

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Microsoft supports the reading of DVD discs within Windows 98 using SCSI and ATAPI-compliant DVD-ROM drives. Playing movies is supported only with the following decoder adapters:

  • Toshiba DVD decoder adapters included with Toshiba Infinia DVD systems with either S3 or ATI display adapters.
  • Quadrant Cinemaster C rev. 1.2 decoder adapters included with Dell XPS- series computers. Note that updated Quadrant Cinemaster decoder drivers are available on the Windows 98 CD-ROM in the Drivers\Dvd\Quadrant folder.

Because Windows 98 DVD Player is designed to work with the Windows 98 decoder drivers, the option to add or remove DVD Player is not available until a supported DVD decoder adapter is installed and detected.

Once a supported DVD decoder adapter is detected and the Windows 98 drivers are installed, a shortcut for DVD Player is added to the Entertainment menu and the option to add or remove DVD Player becomes available under Multimedia on the Windows Setup tab in the Add/Remove Programs tool. After it is installed, the DVD Player software can be removed and reinstalled without having to reinstall the decoder drivers.

NOTE: If a supported DVD decoder adapter is being used, but has third- party drivers installed, Windows 98 does not install the Windows 98 drivers or DVD Player until the third-party drivers are removed using Device Manager.

Other DVD playback software and decoder adapters, including other Cinemaster DVD decoder adapters such as the Cinemaster S, are not supported and require the drivers and software provided by the manufacturer to function properly.