Cannot play mpg, avi, etc multimedia file. Format is not supported.



I have a compaq laptop running XP Professional.
I cannot play some of my avi, mpg etc multimedia files. Nothing wrong with my audio. I have installed Nimo v5 codec, media player codec 8.0, divx 5.02, but still useless.

1) media player v7 says "Cannot play back the file. The format is not supported."
2) media player v8 said the same thing,
3) media player v9 for XP said the same thing, so I did a system restore to wmp v8 and install media player codec 8.0, still the same.
4) I wanted to downgrade to wmp v7 but I can't uninstall wmp on XP!
5) divx player v5 says not divx file, cannot play
6) winamp 3 doesn't do anything, doesn't say anything
7) media jukebox which I thought could play any file type, just didn't bulge.

But a friend can play them ok on win98 wmp maybe v7 or v8.

Strange why nobody seems to have this problem. Can anybody tell me what OS, player and codec do they use? So perhaps I could get the exact codec to try. I'm suspecting the players
and codec don't work well with XP? Worst drastic action would be to change OS, which I hope not to do.

All your help is appreciated.

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Remove Interference in Movie Files

If you have any AVI files that you saved in Windows 9x, they might have interference when opened in Windows XP. Fortunately, there is an easy fix to get rid of the interference:
1. Open Windows Movie Maker.
2. Click View and then Options.
3. Uncheck Automatically create clips.
Now, import the movie file that has interference and drag it onto the timeline. Then save the movie. During the re-rendering, the interference will be removed.


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Hi Helixia,

First off welcome to the forum ;)

They probably were encoded with a different codec; for example an AVI file using the DivX codec cannot be played until that codec is installed on the system. The first thing to do is find out how the videos were encoded.

I would think this is defo a codec issue.

Hope this helps you


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