Windows Media Player 11

By VAR1016 ·
Having been nagged by MS for some time, I downloaded WMP 11 which replaced the WMP 9 I had included in XP.

Tonight I thought I'd relax and watch a film. It doesn't work! There's not even a "file" to click to open a DVD - I had to "open with" in explorer. All it plays is the sound track and as far as I can see it is designed solely to play recorded music. I gathered I had to have a codec. So I downloaded one, a 39kb zip file. Unzipping with Izarc yielded nothing at all...

I "rolled back" to WMP 9 which works fine. About to watch that film now.

Is anyone familiar with this problem?

Incidentally I chose WMP for the film because although Real Player plays a DVD, the picture is pathetically small (no full screen option).

[Edit] I tried downloading WMP 10, apparently supposed to work with XP (like 11!) but after downloading 12MB, was told that it is incompatible with my XP - no reasons given despite the various links. Too late to watch the film now...]

Thanks in advance.

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You would be better off using

by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows Media Player 11

something like Power DVD Paul. It will let you watch your DVD from the DVD or the Hard Drive.

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Power DVD

by VAR1016 In reply to You would be better off u ...

Thanks Rob,

It looks good, but I can't afford it at the moment - I watch films here only rarely anyway.



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GOMPlayer is free and it's Codecs are self-contained ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Power DVD

Get it from here:

It'll run everything on your hard drive and caters for optical discs too, for zilch!

It also auto-updates whenever there's a new build.

However, for music files I'd go for 'Winamp'. - By comparison WMPxx is a toy.


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by VAR1016 In reply to GOMPlayer is free and it' ...

Thanks for the tips: now downloaded and working well.

best wishes

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It is often bundled

by Jacky Howe In reply to Power DVD

into the CD's that come with CD/DVD burning software. Check your CD's as you may already have a copy. OM's suggestion may get you out of trouble.

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Two answers... Codecs and VLC Player!

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Windows Media Player 11

First - Your issue is most likely related to a damaged or missing codec. Here's where you can get XP Codec Pack for free:

Second - I've tried all sorts of video and audio players and even though I still use WMP11 for most of my audio, I highly recommend VLC Player for viewing DVDs and other video files. oh yea... it's FREE.


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by VAR1016 In reply to Two answers... Codecs an ...

Brilliant, thanks.

I sometimes wonder if there is anything left of my brain: I actually had the installation program for VLC saved!

I have installed it and as you said it works fine.

Thanks again


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I find VLC crap for lateral frame movement ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Two answers... Codecs an ...

By that I mean, it doesn't handle camera-panning at all well. This has happened on an AMD Sempron, a Pentium D, and a dual core.

Wherever the camera shot is panning - the frames judder.

Still, like CaptBilly, your eyesight may not pick it up!

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Lateral Frame Movement

by VAR1016 In reply to I find VLC crap for later ...

I suppose that I am not very video-savvy, still photography being more in my line as far as visual arts are concerned. Anyway as I wrote above I have downloaded GOM and I did like the broad range of options offered and it certainly looks fine.

I originally downloaded VLC as it was the only program that would play Linux-type videos (.OGM).


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Tuning of GOM Player ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Lateral Frame Movement

Open GOM Player and either right-click in the screen or press F5, click Preferences, click on 'Others' in the lefthand column, click Filetypes TAB, click on 'Select All' BUTTON.

Now GOM Player will play anything you chuck at it, including .OGM files. :)

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