baylorairbear
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What's Up With My Windows Media Player?

Sun May 07, 2006 10:42 am

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?

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CastleIsland
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RE: What's Up With My Windows Media Player?

Sun May 07, 2006 11:04 am

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.
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RE: What's Up With My Windows Media Player?

Sun May 07, 2006 11:36 am

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".
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RE: What's Up With My Windows Media Player?

Sun May 07, 2006 11:54 am

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

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RE: What's Up With My Windows Media Player?

Sun May 07, 2006 11:54 am

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

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RE: What's Up With My Windows Media Player?

Sun May 07, 2006 12:25 pm

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

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

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RE: What's Up With My Windows Media Player?

Sun May 07, 2006 12:40 pm

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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RE: What's Up With My Windows Media Player?

Sun May 07, 2006 1:11 pm

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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baylorairbear
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RE: What's Up With My Windows Media Player?

Sun May 07, 2006 1:52 pm

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!!!

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itsjustme
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RE: What's Up With My Windows Media Player?

Sun May 07, 2006 3:02 pm

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.
 
nwajetset
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RE: What's Up With My Windows Media Player?

Sun May 07, 2006 4:35 pm

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.
 
baylorairbear
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RE: What's Up With My Windows Media Player?

Sun May 07, 2006 6:21 pm

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.

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baylorairbear
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RE: What's Up With My Windows Media Player?

Sun May 07, 2006 6:44 pm

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
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RE: What's Up With My Windows Media Player?

Sun May 07, 2006 6:55 pm

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
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nwajetset
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RE: What's Up With My Windows Media Player?

Mon May 08, 2006 2:10 am

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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baylorairbear
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RE: What's Up With My Windows Media Player?

Mon May 08, 2006 3:02 am

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.

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RE: What's Up With My Windows Media Player?

Mon May 08, 2006 3:30 am

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.

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nwajetset
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RE: What's Up With My Windows Media Player?

Mon May 08, 2006 11:34 am

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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