Watching DVDs on your netbook is a four step process –
1) Copy the DVD to a computer with a DVD drive using a program like “DVD Decrypter.”
2) Transfer the file from that computer to your netbook.
3) Use a program which mounts that file as a disk image like “MagicDisc.”
4) Play the DVD image with any software DVD player. I like “VLC Media Player” but “Windows Media Player” and "WinDVD" will also work.
The good news is these programs are all freeware and easy to find. Other programs will also work, but this tutorial will use these programs.
The programs –
is a freeware program which copies DVDs, including most copy protected ones. While development of new versions has stopped it’s fairly easy to find. Install DVD Decrypter on the computer with a DVD drive. This will be the machine you use to transfer the DVD to your computer.
is a freeware program which lets you “mount” a virtual copy of a DVD on your computer. From your computer’s perspective it just grew a DVD drive with whatever disk image you specify. Install this utility on your netbook.
VLC Media Player
is an excellent open source program for playing many different video formats and much less intrusive than Windows Media Player. Install this program on your netbook.