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A blue DVD playback window

A blue window may mean that the color key value isn’t set, the video image is not properly aligned, or the VGA loopback cable is not connected.

If you find that your DVD playback window is completely or partially blue, it may be that the color key value has not been set, the video image is not properly aligned, or the VGA loopback cable (from the MPEG decoder card to the video card) is not connected. Launch the video configuration utility for your DVD-ROM drive, then set the color key value and video alignment correctly. You can often use an Auto Alignment feature by clicking the Auto button, but make the adjustments manually if this problem persists. Finally, ensure that the VGA loopback cable is properly connected and secured between the decoder card and video adapter (this isn’t necessary if you’re using software DVD playback rather than a hardware decoder).

Formerly part of Computer Currents, Stephen J. Bigelow’s Computer Advisor column has been resurrected on computeruser.com as a daily tech tip column. Find Stephen at www.dlspubs.com.

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