Hi Folks Forgive if lengthy. Rather strange goings on with playing videos on my laptop(DEll) Not sure if it's related but a microsoft update was downloaded a week and a half ago. I last played videos a couple of weeks ago. I have stored quite a lot of DVD ripped movies- VOB, VTS files, on my external hard drive which I connect to my laptop. When I rt click on the folder to "play them in VLC" I only get a black screen 30 second clip which plays over and over. When I click the individual files, it opens up but I just get the audio. Windows media player didn't fare better. Crazier yet is that the MOV, AVI movies on the laptop hard drive play fine but one folder of FLV vids plays fine and another folder of FLVs are audio only. When I connect the external hard drive to my desktop all videos play fine. Ideas? I rely on the external hard drive and laptop to play movies and some quirk within my laptop doesn't allow me to fix by establishing a new recovery point Thanks much for any feedback!