A. There are a number of hardware solutions for DVD decoding however with faster processors software decoding is fine is most situations and less configuration but not all software players work on Windows 2000.
The one I personally use is PowerDVD from CyberLink but there are others which work on Windows 2000:
- DVD Express - http://www.mediamatics.com/ (you get this with the IBM portables)
- PowerDVD 2.55 and above - http://www.gocyberlink.com/
- Win DVD - http://www.intervideoinc.com/
Be aware that to use these you do need a good processor, at least a PII 400 but works best with a PIII.