Unable to play MPG or AVI video files

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by 0pensource, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. 0pensource

    0pensource OSNN Junior Addict

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    Recently, I discovered that I am unable to play/view MPG or AVI files with MS Windows Media Player 9.x or PowerDVD. I AM, however, able to play WMV files with MS Media Player.

    I also have QuickTime's Player installed that appears to just about anything.

    I have checked the filetype associations and they show Windows Media Player as the default: (EX:)

    "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" /prefetch:8 /Open "%L"

    Really perplexed about this. I even reinstalled Windows Media Player with no change.

    Any ideas?


    Thanks in advance,

    -Miles
     
  2. Reg

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    You might be missing codecs. Try downloading a CODEC pack to replace the codecs.
     
  3. 0pensource

    0pensource OSNN Junior Addict

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    Got a link.... a little nervous about DL'ing codecs from just about anywhere.


    Thanks,

    -Miles
     
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  5. vern

    vern Dominus Political User Folding Team

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    Codec packs should solve all your codec problems. They install all the common codecs for you. Nimo codec packs and K-lite codec packs are popular. Both of which you can google.
     
  6. Grandmaster

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  7. 0pensource

    0pensource OSNN Junior Addict

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    0pensource OSNN Junior Addict

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    I did not know that it would be a good idea to get codecs from k-Lite. Cool!


    Will DL,

    -Miles (thanks)


    "It has become almost a cliché to remark that nobody boasts of ignorance of literature, but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics."

    -Richard Dawkins
     
  9. 0pensource

    0pensource OSNN Junior Addict

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    Installing all of the codecs (not sure if the option to select is there) can be done without any fear of changing what already works?



    -Miles
     
  10. 0pensource

    0pensource OSNN Junior Addict

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    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Try VideoLAN: http://videolan.org ; see if that will play the files you are having trouble with.
     
  12. Grandmaster

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    That's very weird. I think there was an update to WMP9 that came out recently, have you tried updating WMP9?

    To update, start WMP9, Help > Check For Player Updates
     
  13. 0pensource

    0pensource OSNN Junior Addict

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    Already checked: updated.


    -Miles
     
  14. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Electronica Addict Political User Folding Team

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    I can't really think of anything else that might solve this. Maybe do a System Restore to a recent checkpoint?
     
  15. 0pensource

    0pensource OSNN Junior Addict

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    I have VideoLan and run it as my only alternative. I have no problem continuing to use it. Just a little bugged about this "bug".


    -Miles
     
  16. Android412

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    Try going into the options menu, and making sure that you have MPG checked off in the playback file types.
     
  17. LeeJend

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    Don't know why the MPG aren't playing, but Real and MS are litigating each other right now and I think the AVI hooks have been pulled out of Media Player, possibly on the last update, as part of the dispute. I have to use real to view AVIs. I noticed the problem in the last couple of weeks.
     
  18. Xie

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    you get any errors or just won't play and nothing happens?
     
  19. napalmnthemorning

    napalmnthemorning Moderator

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    I hope you get the bug fixed. reinstalling might do the trick. I haven't used Media Player 9 for quite awhile. VideoLAN is excellent, and I mostly use Zoom Player professional. Here is a codec package I use that is excellent. 3ivx D4 4.5

    Zoom Player standard edition is free.
    Plays every media format (DIVX/XVID/VP3-6/MPEG4/VCD/SVCD/RealVideo/QuickTime/Flash/CDAudio) as long as you have the components installed.