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What's Up With My Windows Media Player?  
User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 49
Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2728 times:

I have Windows Media Player 10. When I download a video to a computer, in IE or Firefox, then play it, it plays one or two seconds of it then the screen goes black. It does continue to play the audio.

I have reinstalled MP 10, downloaded the latest drivers and updates for my hardware, and ran a complete system scan for viruses, spyware, and such.

What gives?

BAB scratchchin 


I'm just skipping stones...
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User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2721 times:

Does it smell like mustard? Perhaps you should trap it in your elevator, fish it out, and then cram it into the nether regions of a bosomy neighbor of questionable repute. That seems to have solved all of your other problems.

User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2714 times:

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 1):
Does it smell like mustard? Perhaps you should trap it in your elevator, fish it out, and then cram it into the nether regions of a bosomy neighbor of questionable repute. That seems to have solved all of your other problems.

 rotfl  Brilliant

BAB . . . I have a similar problem, Windows help says it's missing CODECs or some such shit. Still haven't gotten it figured out properly.

If you beat me to it, share the "how to".


User currently offlineAirwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2705 times:

WMP just sucks. Period.

I've had the same problem and one thing I've found that (sometimes) works is to pause the clip (if it's set to autoplay) and allow it to load completely; since clip data often doesn't load progressively, this'll prevent streaming issues.

Another thing I've found is that it often depends on where the clip is coming from. I've had experiences where on one site, the clip does what BAB says--but on another site, the *exact* *same* clip* is AOK. Perhaps the host/uploading site isn't up to par with their current WMP releases or something.

If that doesn't work...use QuickTime  Wink

Airwave  eyebrow 



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2705 times:

I had the same problem. I went back to using number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9 ....

Mark


User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2697 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 4):
number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9

Lead me on dead man, lead me on dead man...

...I'm gonna go listen to "Happiness is a Warm Gun."


User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2692 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 4):
I went back to using number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9 ....

I bury Paul.

Mark is correct....WMP 10 does suck. Go to control panel / add-remove programs, and delete it. Reinstall the latest version 9.

And, check the properties for WMP in control panel. Make sure WMP is selected as the default video player. I loaded Real player once and it changed all of my WMP settings.

All those dang porn sites use different codex.  Wink



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User currently offlineAMSMAN From Ireland, joined Jan 2002, 1016 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2683 times:

I've not had one problem with WMP10. Ever thought that maybe that is just the way the video is? I mean, if the audio is still heard then the video is the way it is on the host server and has been downloaded correctly and playing correctly through WMP.


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User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 49
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2670 times:

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 1):
Does it smell like mustard? Perhaps you should trap it in your elevator, fish it out, and then cram it into the nether regions of a bosomy neighbor of questionable repute. That seems to have solved all of your other problems.

No, this solution will require a little more finess Big grin

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):
If you beat me to it, share the "how to".

Will do!

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 6):
Reinstall the latest version 9.

Wear can I find 9? From the Microsoft website?

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 6):
All those dang porn sites use different codex.

You speak the truth, my good man.

Quoting AMSMAN (Reply 7):
maybe that is just the way the video is? I mean, if the audio is still heard then the video is the way it is on the host server and has been downloaded correctly and playing correctly through WMP.

I've downloaded from different websites/servers, to no avail. I've also made the same downloads on my other comp., and have had no problem, so I think the problem is with WMP.

Thanks, y'all!!!

BAB



I'm just skipping stones...
User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2768 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2662 times:

No problems with WMP10 here either. Real Player and Quick Time, however....no thanks. All a matter of preference, I s'pose.

ANCFlyer, you can find a bunch of free codecs here:

http://www.free-codecs.com/
and here
http://www.xpcodecpack.com/

That might solve the problem.


User currently offlineNwajetset From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 139 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2652 times:

You can no longer download Windows Media Player 9 from the microsoft website, they've stopped offering it.

If you go to add, remove programs and try to uninstall WMP 10, it won't let you do this either, but it offers a rollback to WMP 9.

Your player should download any missing codecs automatically. Check to make sure yours is set to do so.
Right-click the Windows Media Player title bar, point to Tools, and then click Options. On the Player tab, verify the Download codecs automatically check box is selected.


User currently offlineBaylorairbear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 49
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2637 times:

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 8):
Wear can I find 9?

Someone, shoot me now, please.

Quoting Nwajetset (Reply 10):
You can no longer download Windows Media Player 9 from the microsoft website

I found them here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...ads.aspx?displang=en&qstechnology=

I've not had any problems with ver.10 before now. I am happy with it. I couldn't care less if RealPlayer and, especially, Quicktime left this world never to return again.

Thanks for the help,
BAB

Also, I've downloaded ver. 9, but Windows won't let me install it since "a newer version of Media Player already exists on this computer"  banghead  Also, I can't find an option to roll back to 9 in 10.

[Edited 2006-05-07 11:26:20]


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User currently offlineBaylorairbear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 49
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2630 times:

Okay, this fixed it:

From WMP support page~

Quote:
Why can't I see the video when I'm playing a video file?

If you can hear the audio, but can't see the video in Windows Media Player, two scenarios are possible:

1.


You never see video.

2.


You see video for a few seconds, but then it disappears or becomes discolored (for example, it turns purple or green).

I never see video

If you're playing an AVI file, it's possible that the video codec required to decode and display the video is not installed on your computer. To determine which codec was used to create the file, do the following:

1.


Use a codec detection utility to determine the FourCC code of the file.

2.


Look up that FourCC code on the FourCC for Video Compression Web page or in the codecs section of the FourCC Web site.

After you determine which codec is required, you can then download the correct codec from the Internet. The Windows Media Player Multimedia File Formats Web page provides links to suppliers of some of the more frequently used video codecs for AVI files. However, keep in mind that some codecs can introduce instability with programs or your computer in general, so make sure that a codec is from a trustworthy source before downloading and installing it.

If you are playing Windows Media Video (WMV) files, but can't see the video, see the question, "Where can I get codecs for the Player?" in the Media Advice archive.

I see video, but only for a few seconds

If you find that video disappears or turns a different color, turn off video overlays by doing the following:

1.


In Windows Media Player, on the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Performance tab.

2.


Click the Advanced button.

3.


In the Video Acceleration area, clear the Use overlays check box.

If the problem continues, try turning off the video mixing renderer (VMR) by clearing the Use video mixing renderer check box, located just above the Use overlays check box.

If you can restore the missing video by doing something like maximizing the Player or putting another window in front of it, there may be a problem with your video card driver. For more information about this issue, see the question, "Why does my video stop or disappear after a few seconds of playing?" in the Media Advice archive.

BAB



I'm just skipping stones...
User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2626 times:

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 1):
Perhaps you should trap it in your elevator, fish it out, and then cram it into the nether regions of a bosomy neighbor of questionable repute. That seems to have solved all of your other problems.

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

I solved most of my video problems by getting the codecs off of file Sharing  Wink


User currently offlineNwajetset From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 139 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2599 times:

Sounds like you've got it fixed, but for future reference: To rollback to WMP 9, go to add/remove programs and select WMP 10, remove. It won't uninstall it, it offers you the option of rolling back to WMP 9.


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User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 49
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2594 times:

Quoting Nwajetset (Reply 14):
To rollback to WMP 9, go to add/remove programs and select WMP 10, remove. It won't uninstall it, it offers you the option of rolling back to WMP 9.

WMP 10 isn't on my add/remove programs list, though.

BAB  confused 



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User currently offlineJamie757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2591 times:

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 15):
WMP 10 isn't on my add/remove programs list, though.

Just in case you need to uninstall it in future, you should go into add/remove programs, then click the tab 'add/remove windows components' on the left, then scroll down to Windows Media Player and check/uncheck the box, then click ok/continue. That should do it.

Rgds.


User currently offlineNwajetset From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 139 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2571 times:

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 15):
WMP 10 isn't on my add/remove programs list, though.

Then I suppose that's why it's giving you so much trouble. It must not be installed correctly. Is it in your registry?

To find in registry. Go to start, Run type REGEDIT, enter.
Select HKEY LOCAL MACHINE. Go to software, media player. What is the first version listed?


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