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windows media player doesn't play video

By oxley ·
I am running Windows XP Pro SP2 and using Media player 10 on two networked computers.
On the old backup machine all video files play fine. On the much newer machine many, but not all mpg, avi,asf and mpeg files won't play. Even the same files that the second machine plays OK won't play on the newer machine.
All Media Player settings are identical on both machines.
Sometimes the sound is audible with a frozen video frame showing but not always.
All mpg files from my camera are OK on both machines. The trouble seems to be mainly with downloaded files.
Can anyone help?

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by master3bs In reply to windows media player does ...

You may not have the correct codec files.

Go to to get the divx player with the codec files. Be sure to select the "DivX Play Bundle only (Windows 2K/XP)" option. When installing I think there is another place to check to only install the player and the divx codecs.

That should do it. Hope it works

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Hi, Thanks for the solution. Now both the Divx Player and the Window Media Player play all my video files.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to windows media player does ...

You may also have to change the files that Media Player can actually recognise as well. When you install Media Player not all the file formats are ticked as usable so you have the option of Select All or just selecting the ones that you think you'll need or just leave it as a Default install. If you change the file types that can be played that should cure your problem.


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