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Windows media player not playing english audio?!

Q: Windows media player not playing english audio?!

I am using windows vista and using windows media player 11 to watch dvds. The english audio does not work when playing dvds, even though US english is the default setting and I select US english in the dvd settings. The background music plays and with one dvd I managed to hear some dialogue. Every other language that I select (e.g french, german, english for hearing impaired) works. I have tried numerous DVDs so it is not a dvd problem, and I have tried those dvds on a laptop and it works fine. So it is not an audio problem, nor a faulty dvd. Am I missing a codec or something or is it in the wrong region (I live in Australia) I dont have any other dvd players on this computer so I can't test it out that it is just a WMP problem. Any suggestions? Thanks!

A: Windows media player not playing english audio?!

download media player classic and see if it will play the dvd's properly

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Ok - Windows Gurus.

I have windows media player on the machine. Everything has worked smoothly for months now. I now have a problem with media player 10. When I click on a link to view streaming video, the clip will buffer for a bit, then the 1st frame of the video comes up/freezes and the audio continues on.

If I close media player and click on the same clip, both the video and audio work fine. What is causing the video to freeze (audio continues to play) when I click on the video clips the first time around.

If I try to play something locally, there are no problems. It is only with streaming content and this is a new issue. Software wise, I have been authoring a handful of DVDs but outside of that, nothing has changed.

I have tried to reinstall media 10, reinstall the codec packs etc. All other media players play fine (real audio, winamp etc)- no video freeze. So this is only inherent to wmp10. Weird.

Any other thoughts on what has been altered to cause the video freeze?

I am all for suggestions and thanks in advance for the help!


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Hello, Hopefully someone can help. I am trying to view a dvd Store bought by the way. It play only video, no audio. I have tried a dvd I had made some time ago and audio works. I have downloaded AC3 filter still the same. Any other suggestions?

A:No Audio when playing dvds on windows media player

What software DVD Player are you using? Are you getting any sound on your system at all? If so, try VLC player (free) and see if that works.



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I have recently installed windows media player 10 and have a problem with it. Whenever i play an audio file in media player, media player becomes very slow and unresponsive. i have also discovered it is using between 90-99% of my cpu usage while playing audio files. if i use another media player (ie winamp) i do not have this problem, but i prefer to use media player. n e suggestions???

A:Windows Media Player 10 playing audio files

you can roll it back to wmp9 in add/remove-windows componets and delete the wmp10 install file. then redownload it. but you may have some conflict or it could be just a bad file. i like 9 better then 10 anyway.

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Windows Media player keeps getting interrupted by "things" other programs?
Media player keeps getting interrupted by "things" - other programs I guess. Both while playing mp3's and music videos. It doesn't shut down. It just sort of shorts out the music... until I guess whatever is finished bothering it.

It happens
-When I try to rename files or move them around in Windows Explorer [not the ones playing].

-While on the internet. No certain reason that I can see. The websites/webpages I have open don't appear to have any media player music playing. It happens when I use either IE or Foxfire browsers.

Is there a button or something I can select that can keep Windows Media Player from being affected by other programs? It is verY irritating.

I have the following MUTED in volume control:

Thanks so much!

Okay... I asked this question awhile back and a gentlemen said he thought my my system is working too hard and when any other activity is required there is insufficient CPU time left for the video or audio, so it pauses. But he couldn't say ... he needed my specs.

My specs are

Windows 2000
Dell Dimension
Ms 2000
Dell 498 Mhz processor
BIOS version 4.0 release 6.0

Please can anyone help? Thanks so very very much.

A:Windows Media player is pausing.... while playing audio/video

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Hi All,

great forums btw

okay, i run windows xp home edition, certified copy, but it korean winxp, because i live in korea, and that is what was on the computer i bought, which actually serves my purpose, in many ways, it is good to have korean windows, it makes opening a lot of the files that i receive, which are korean files, easier,

but, i do like to have some english stuff,

i want to upgrade to the newer media player, but, i want the english version,

what happens, whenvever i download a lot of things, is, that it automatically gives me the default korean version of the download, i guess windows recognizes the language of the os system and gives you that download, but, i don't know how to get an english version,

my korean is pretty good, so i do navigate around looking for other sites to download from

any ideas as to what i'm doing wrong??


A:Want English Windows Media Player

I don't know from what site you are downloading WMP, but you might look around there for links to localised versions and do a manual download.

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I am having problems playing audio files in iTunes and Media Player. I have tried to reinstall iTunes and see if that works but nothing. Media Player shows the video but a error message pops up saying the file is currently in use close program and attempt to view file again. Also no audio plays in MEdia Player, however audio works any where else. Someone know what it could be?

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About a minute or 2 into any video or music being played in Quicktime or Windows media player the sound starts to skip then my machine just reboots. Not sure what is causing this. I am running XP, media 10. Please any help would be great

A:Computer restarts when playing video or audio in Quicktime or Media player
monitor your temperatures first to check for issues if all ok check drivers for video card

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I have two pcs on a wireless network connected to a cable modem. One pc (Thinkpad) has no problem playing internet radio stations through wmp. The other one (Dell 4100) has problems with streaming audio. It can connect to the radio station fine (or download the audio file in either format) but then it keeps buffering while it's playing. I've tried just about everything I can find to fix it: editing the registry (MSoft tech note,) changing the network settings, changing the buffer rate but nothing seems to work. There is more than enough bandwidth to handle the flow of data, plus my cable company says it's not them (of course.) Any help would be really appreciated!


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I'm at my wits end.

I put together a capable gaming pc about a month ago with a bunch of new components and some cannibalized older components.

I installed all of the drivers from the motherboard cd. I have a radeon x1300 vid card. I'm running windows xp home ed. I've installed about every codec and plugin under the sun. I've troubleshot my load with regard to Windows itself.

I cannot play Windows Media Audio/Video files for the life of me.

I do get audio, but the video is all hyper-colored like looking at scrambled porn.

It doesn't matter if I download the video or watch it in a browser (any browser). It doesn't matter if I open up the DLed video in real player, Windows Media player or Generic DIVX player #458973: it still comes out all scrambled and in crazy moon-man rainbow colors.

I have no problem playing any other type of windows media player file. Quicktime works fine as well.

Please help.

A:Windows Media Player won't properly play Windows Media Audio/Video files

Well standard Window's media files should play without the need for any additional codecs.

Maybe check the forums of your vid card for some answers.

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in fact i can t even oopen it!

each time i try and error message appears:

"gdiplus.dll is missing"

what can i do to fix the problem?

iv already tried downloading the software from the microsoft website but the same message came up.

iv also searched my pc for the gdipus.dll file and loads come up!

what can i do?

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I need some serious help here.

I had downloaded a video with .mkv extension from azureus. It was playing in both vlc and wmp10 but with jerky video.
So I decided to install a codec for playing mkv files.
I went to and installed their codec pack. Then wmp10 stopped playing the mkv file!!!
Then I panicked and uninstalled the cccp codec pack. Now wmp10 plays no media file

Someone told me I have to restore my Directshow! Is it true? If so, how do I do this?

A:Windows Media Player Not playing anything!

Download a more popular codec pack like K-Lite Codec Pack from here.

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I recently installed a DVD burner on a computer with windows xp home sp2. When I try to play dvd's in windows media player I get this message:

Windows Media Player cannot play DVD video. You might need to adjust your Windows display settings. Open display settings in Control Panel, and then try lowering your screen resolution and color quality settings.Click to expand...

Of course doing those things doesn't fix anything.

Any suggestions?

A:Windows Media Player Playing DVD's

The message is kind of strange -- but the bottom line is that Windows Media Player has never come with the mpeg-2 decoder needed for playing DVDs.

For this you must have a 3rd party player installed such as PowerDVD-- or if you don't care about using WMP -- you can view just about anything in VLC: >>

To check whether Windows already has the required decoder, use this:

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I'm trying to play a few audios, but keep getting a message in WMP when trying to open them; that says: Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file.

Can anyone give me any advice on how to play them?

A:Windows Media Player Not Playing MP3's

Where did you get the mp3s from? Are you sure they are good? Have you tried playing them with any other media player such as VLC?

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I have some .wmv files that I would like to watch. (dirtbike riding stuffs)
I have watched these movies in the past but now all of a sudden I click on the files and Windows Media Player opens up like it's gonna play the clip but nothing ever happends. Nadda, Zero...nuth'n
This also applies for .wmv files off the internet.
(I've tested with many .wmv files and media player always opens up like it's gonna play but never does)

It has worked in the past.

I have Vista Business x64 sp1
I've tried to reinstall windows media player but I get a message telling me I already have the latest version instsalled: 11.0.6001.7000
I downloaded this, Windows Media Player Software Informer: Latest version download, news and info about this Microsoft Corporation program. Expand your horizons in the field of playing videos., which says it's version 11.0.6001.7000 but I still get the same error message.

I googled fix's and such but nothing I tried has helped out.
Tried reinstalling SP1, won't let me, says I have it installed already.

I'm not that great with Vista in regards to uninstalling media player (if that's possible) in order to reinstall it.
If someone can help me out here, I'd much appriaciate it.

Thank you.

A:Windows Media Player not playing?

2 slow u people R ....I installed VLC media player for now.

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I have a windows xp pro sp3 with all updates (as far as i know), 2 gb ram, 320 gig hard drive, radeon ati video card (forgot model number), amd 3200+, not sure why i listed my pc specs but ehh why not. anyways the title says it all, but to break it down, the problem is when i go to play my music in windows media player 11, it will make this terrible screaching sound (and thats for all music no matter what file extension it is .avi .wmv .mp3 etc.) after the screaching sound the music will sound very low then slowly it will begin to make the volume louder and louder till it gets to the correct volume setting that you set it (on computer or physically on the speaker). i have tried to see if other media players does this such as quicktime and itunes and they work fine, its only when playing in windows media player does it give me that screach sound at the beginning of everyone music/movie then it sounds low after a few minutes it will get loud again and sometimes get low volume then it will increase the volume, whats the matter anyone? could it be related to Divx, which i do have it installed on my machine however i am not sure if it all started when i installed divx, wasnt really paying attention nor was i using windows media player when i installed divx, please help its really annoying and would love to get this fixed.

Thank you

A:windows media player 11 not playing music right

Siten0308 said:


I have a windows xp pro sp3 with all updates (as far as i know)Click to expand...

Let's find out for sure.

Start > Control Panel > Automatic Updates
Click the link for "Windows Update Web site".
Click the Custom button

What results do you get?

Siten0308 said:

could it be related to Divx, which i do have it installed on my machine however i am not sure if it all started when i installed divxClick to expand...

First, try removing Windows Media Player (WMP) 11 in Add/Remove Programs, then reinstall it. Does the problem continue?

If so, try removing DivX. I do not think it is causing the problem, but could not hurt to try. Does it still continue?

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I can't seem to figure this one out. Windows media player 9 is freezing and not playing CDs , files or anything at all. We are having trouble with our network here where it sometimes takes a while to get to a website due to a bad decision on hardware. Full duplex does not translate well to half duplex for 20 plus computers. I'm wondering if this is playing a part in WMPs problem of freezing and not playing files or CDs because of not being able to reach out to the net.

Thanks in advance,


A:Windows Media Player 9 freezing / not playing

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why does the playback lag, it like plays for a sec pauses for awhile and plays for a couple secs and pauses this happens all the time. how do i fix this?

i am on a
1.3ghz duron
geforce4 mx420
690mb ram

i tried setting the video aceleration on media player to normal and none, still does it.

hmm i just also tried to play this video on kazaa i was dling, and it played smoothly through kazaa when my sound card was working.

but now my sound cut off and its skipping a bit too..

i dont think my sound card is compatible with xp it shuts off after a couple secs after running a program, except for warcraft 3.. is this the problem?

A:Windows media player on xp playing problems.

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hello i am knew to this forum. i am having a problem with my windows media player. whenever i shut down my windows media player and music or a video is still playing, the video/song keeps playing and i keep hearing sound until i open windows media player again and press stop. that is stupid, the music is still playing but windows media player isn't even playing. what do i do?

A:windows media player still playing when i close it

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In the past I have created numerous m3u files to play an mp3 file on Windows Media Player and they all have worked well. Today, however, I created one just the same way and when I play it I get the message:
"Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file."

When I check the help file for the file types that are supported I find that it does support m3u and mp3 files.

Does anyone have any help for me to know how to fix this?

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Almost none of my videos will play anymore after installing this upgrade. Videos start and then don't actually play. I just see a screen still and I can jump around through the frames. Some videos like AVI files that I open show up as music and again, will not play.

Any idea what is going on here?

A:Windows Media Player 11 not playing videos

U will need the codes.... Try a third party software like storm codec. Try a google search

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I recently got a Zune and for the Zune software to work, WMP needs to work. A few months ago, it stopped playing music altogether. Not one song. It won't even play anything off of a CD, or on the internet. I was probably on the phone with Zune for 7-8 hours for them to tell me they couldn't help me. I was then connected to Microsoft, who told me I could call Acer or pay 60 dollars plus tax to Microsoft for them to help me. I called Acer and they said I would have to pay $60 per 30 mins. I don't have that kind of money right now and i just want my WMP fixed!!
Can someone help me please!!

A:Windows Media Player not playing music! please help!

Here's an answer that someone found (seems like alot of trouble to me, syncing music to Att phone then back to,,,,)

I suggest reinstalling the Media Player. Click Start, type Turn Windows features on and off

Uncheck the player, apply, restart Windows, recheck, apply, restart Windows.

The above may be a quick fix that won't last though?

Have you tried the free "Jet Player" - there's not much it won't play or burn and it will run circles around WMP.

Hope this helps as it seems you have found what others have - (it may be awhile before Microsoft decides to deal with this issue)

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Hi guys. Having a problem similar to the one the guy had in this thread I found that brought me across your website:

The DVD will play only background noises and sound room special FX but no character dialogue. I'm assuming I'm having a codec problem of my own. The K-Lite pack that someone posted a link to in that thread has not worked for me. Do I need to reboot my PC? Any help would be appreciated!

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A:Playing Dvds With Windows Media Player 9

We don't help with with illegal stuff here, and DVD ripping is sort of a gray-area. I understand that you own a legal copy of the DVD, but ripping it is still illegal because it uses DeCSS to crack the encryption. So im not sure if I should be helping you here.

That aside, those plugins won't work for you, however PowerDVD will play VOB files for you.

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When I go to, and try to play one of their videos, Windows Media Player 9 will not ever finish buffering. It just gets stuck. Is there any way to fix this problem. I won't ever play a streamed video.

A:Windows Media Player Not playing video


Is this the only site that has this problem? If so, lets try a bit of a cleanup:

Go to Tools | Internet Options. General tab. Under Delete Files, delete offline content

Advanced tab, under Browsing, look for Enable Insta on Demand. Untick.
Under Security, look for Empty Tempory Internet... Tick.
Apply and OK

Go to Run and type MSINFO32
On the left choose Software Enviroment, then Startup Programs. Copy/paste the list here.



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hi there, when i am browsing the internet for videos and they are played using windows media player on the browser page, all that shows up now is a red x. i have windows media player 11 on windows vista, and am using internet explorer. any suggestions?thnx

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I have a windows xp pro sp3 with all updates (as far as i know), 2 gb ram, 320 gig hard drive, radeon ati video card (forgot model number), amd 3200+, not sure why i listed my pc specs but ehh why not. anyways the title says it all, but to break it down, the problem is when i go to play my music in windows media player 11, it will make this terrible screaching sound (and thats for all music no matter what file extension it is .avi .wmv .mp3 etc.) after the screaching sound the music will sound very low then slowly it will begin to make the volume louder and louder till it gets to the correct volume setting that you set it (on computer or physically on the speaker). i have tried to see if other media players does this such as quicktime and itunes and they work fine, its only when playing in windows media player does it give me that screach sound at the beginning of everyone music/movie then it sounds low after a few minutes it will get loud again and sometimes get low volume then it will increase the volume, whats the matter anyone? could it be related to Divx, which i do have it installed on my machine however i am not sure if it all started when i installed divx, wasnt really paying attention nor was i using windows media player when i installed divx, please help its really annoying and would love to get this fixed.

Thank you

A:windows media player 11 not playing music right

Sounds like (no pun intended), your audio driver needs to be reinstalled. Drivers do get corrupted especially when you remove programs that require audio support.

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Hello, I'm new here and I hope that I can get this fixed,
um well lets see first I'll start with my problem.
I have Windows Media Player 11 it worked fine for a real long time but recently it finally something happened to it. I can hear sound just fine except that I can see no video at all I've tried different videos and nothing all I get is sound, but the weirder thing is that my Enhancements box is completely blank along with the video it won't show any visualizations either. I tried using Windows media classic and it worked fine I also tried iTunes and it was good. I also checked if it can stream any videos but it won't do either but it will stream on firefox. I'm not quite sure what I can do.

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hey guys!!
windows media player 12 consumes a lot of cpu resource even when it is not playing anything and is minimized.

see below for a snapshot of "Process Explorer" and "wmplayer.exe" process properties"

After this, if i kill the thread consuming highest cpu then every thing goes back to normal (see below)

please tell me what to do....

A:Windows Media Player eats up 100% cpu even when it is not playing anything

Where do you see that 100%?

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I have a Windows 7 system that is running all Windows Updates available as on today. I assume it is running the latest edition of WMP; but, I can see no way of determining the version. It plays MTS (movies made on a Panasonic Camcorder) files just fine.

Now the problem:

I have another system here running WinXP with all updates available for it as of today. Again, I cannot determine which version of WMP. It will not play MTS files. It is running a Intel Core 2 CPU 6300 $ 1.86 GHz and 2 Gigs of RAM. It stops at a screen that says it is loading but remains black indefinitely with no progress indicator.

Any advice?

Am I just going to have to go to Win7? I know there are other programs that probably will play MTS; but, it would be nice if I could get WMP to do it without having to go to Win7.

A:Playing MTS videos on Windows Media Player

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Dear sir,
Previously I was using Windows Media Player 9 and DVDs were playing smoothly. But now, after formating my Hard Disk, I have installed Windows Media Player 10. But to my surprise, DVDs are not playing at all. What is the technique to play DVDs in Windows Media Player 10?
Secondly, please let me know how to delete Windows Media player 10 from The folder 'Program files' Thanking U.

A:DVDs are not playing in Windows Media PLayer 10

You probably need a DVD decoder. You usually get them by installing a commercial player like PowerDVD etc.

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I have win xp pro with windows media player 10. When I play videos such as mpegs they come up in a browser rather than in the player. How do i stop this?

Hope you can help,

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I am using Windows 7 32 bit ultimate edition and I am facing an issue quite a long.
That is while playing video files mostly avi's I have tried is getting stuck and stopped playing.After couple of seconds it is automatically resumed.This problem is there with both vlc and windows media player.I also have ubuntu 11.10 where I have vlc.Same problem is there also.can anyone please tell me some way out ??


A:VLC and windows media player getting stuck while playing mp3 and avi's

Welcome to SF arkasharma

Do you have any codec packs installed? If yes which one?

We usually suggest Sharks007's codecs. You can get it from here: Download Windows 7 Codecs 3.6.8 -

Some steps that you may need to follow after installation of Sharks codecs.
Click on the
Scroll down to Shark007s codecs folder.
Expand it and select the settings application by right click run as administrator button.
On the bottom click on Shark007 SUGGESTED settings.
Lastly you will get a confirmation dialogue that all the videos will open with windows media player (but actually they will open with other players as well)
Attached is a picture as reference.

And some prefer the Klite Codec pack from this link: Download K-Lite Codec Pack 8.92 (Full) - with basic next next next installation steps.

Install either of it but make sure you've removed any other codec packs previously installed.

Let us know how it goes.

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Hello all,

I am having alot of problems with WMP, I have various amounts of video clips, some work perfectly, and a few others don't. Thing is, is I formatted my PC not long ago, and i had my media saved on my xtra drive, and before i formatted, everything worked perfectly. Now, after formatting and putting all my media back on, certain clips won't play properly.

The audio will play, but the video doesnt show. I went on the windows support site, found alot of solutions, but not for WMP 10, and all the solutions for that version arnt working.

I tryed reinstalling,updating but still, no luck.

Anyone have any idea of what I can do, any help is greatly appreciated

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Hey. I just installed XP a couple weeks ago, and all of a sudden WMP11 isn't playing any sound when I play DVD's anymore. These are all commercial DVD's I'm trying to play. Other sound and video files work fine, but DVD playback has no sound. I've tried this on a variety of discs with no luck. What the hell happened and how do I fix it?

Note: I already uninstalled and reinstalled WMP.

A:No Sound when playing DVD's with Windows Media Player 11

Well, it's still not working with WMP after re-installing my sound drivers, but I just downloaded VLC and it appears to work with that, so whatever I guess.

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I am trying to play highlights of matches on arsenal tv on line

I get a message "Unable to create Windows Media Player"

Any hints or solutions.


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I saw some other threads like this, but not the same problem.

My windows media player works fine, it is just when I am trying to play a video in both IE7 and Mozilla Firefox, the Windows media player comes up in the browser with the black box and says "ready" but nothign ever plays. I hit hte play button and it does nothing.

Any ideas?

A:Windows Media Player not playing in browser

Hi there rathofman,

this sometimes happens if the server is busy, it may be an idea to completely clear your internet cache, history, cookies etc then go back to the page. If the same happens, click refresh on the toolbar a few times to see if that loads the clip or not.

Does this happen on all sites with video clips or just some?

Are you able to view any content at any of these places:

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OS: Vista home premium.

I have been able to burn music CD and play them fine on any PC or CD player. Last time I burn a music CD, I can play on PC and only some CD players.

Has anybody had this problem on MS OS: Vista home premium??????

I burn same music CD on my XP OS and it works fine and can play on PC or any CD player.

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Hi again.

Windows Media Player and PowerDVD lock up and freeze when I try to play DVDs on them.
I have Windows Media Player 11. When I go to file/tools/options, I try to click on the DVD tab and I get the "Windows Media Player has encountered a problem and needs to close". I get the same message when I try and just play a DVD on it. PowerDVD just locks up without showing an error.

Similarly, I can only hear sound for AVI files in media player.
Quicktime player plays MPEG-4 files fine.

The strangest thing is is that I have a player called VLC media player which seems to play everything including DVDs. But I would love to get media player working instead.

This is a new PC, and it has never worked. Thanks.

Edit- I should mention that my dvd drive firmware is up to date.

A:Windows Media Player, Power Dvd Not Playing Dvds

Any ideas anybody? This is really annoying me..

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Hi people Can someone help me Ive had vista for 2 months now and still cant play DVDs on windows media player :-( Im not technically minded and only bought the laptop for playing dvds music and using msn!!! So frustrated !! Would be really grateful if some1 would give me the answer...

A:Vista playing DVDs using windows media player

if you cannot play them you need to get plugins,i think only ultimate and business come with the plugins
use a different player as the plugins are not free

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My uncle got DSL a couple of months ago and I've downloaded several large and small video clips and saved them to cd-rw's so that I could bring them home and put them on my computer, but I've encountered a problem when I try to view some of the clips. Some clips say ANOBOLIC when I try to open them and they won't play on either my laptop or my desktop pc, but I can open and view them fine on my uncle's computer. What do I need to download to fix this problem?

The other problem that I am having is that I saved some video clips that range from 15 to 30 minutes, and when I put the cd in either my laptop or desktop pc a couple of the clips say that they are 1 or 2 minutes when they are really 15 to 30 minute clips. I try to play them and they play for 1 or 2 minutes pause at the end and then move to the next clip, and when I fast forward the clip I am able to see some more of what wasn't shown in the first 1 or 2 minutes but it won't finish playing the whole clip. Again, I am able to view all of the clips perfectly on my uncle's computer.

At first I thought that the problem was with the cd-rw's, but since they work fine on my uncle's computer I have to believe that it is a problem with the media player. I've tried playing them with Realplayer and a couple other media players, but I keep having the same problem. I think that the Windows Media Player needs something downloaded, but I don't no what to download. Both my ... Read more

A:Big Problem Playing files on cds using Windows Media Player 10

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I think this is a problem since I upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 but can't be sure. Basically if I put a music CD into my laptop drive, Windows Media player 12 not only doesn't automatically play it but when I open Windows Media no CD is recognised in the drive. But if I click on Windows Explorer the songs are shown (although won't play with WM). But they play with RealPlayer. This is clearly a WM problem then... all other CD/DVD functions are working, just not WM.

I followed the instructions below (from and deleted two files from the registry as instructed but this made no difference. I also have run the Device Manager Troubleshooter for the drive and that didn't work. Also I tried Microsoft's Mr Fix it but that didn't either. Can anyone help me please?


PS Obviously this means I can't rip CDs either!
(These are the instructions from
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A:Solved: Windows Media Player 12 not recognising or playing CDs

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I listen to talk radio online. I had been listening to KFI AM640 for quite some time, then all of a sudden was not able to listen to it.

Their support staff were not able to help, claiming thousands of people are still listening, my isp was not able to help claiming they are able to access it. I checked my settings with them and apparantly everything is on the right setting. According to them, I should be able to listen.

I can hear streaming from every other radio station I attempt to connect to. The only one I can't hear is KFI.

I have window XP home, I have Media player 10 and there is over 512mb of ram in my system.

Like I said, I was able to listen then two weeks ago, it wouldn't connect.
When I try to access this through media player (Rather than direct thru the site) This is the error message I get

"Windows Media Player cannot play the file because a network error occurred. The server might not be available. Verify that you are connected to the network and that your proxy settings are correct."

Previously, when connecting thru the media player I would get "buffering" then it would start playing.. I don't get the "buffering" message now. All it does is show as if it's playing, then a minute or so later, I get that message. It doesn't play at all though.

I have checked my settings with my ISP, that is all correct. I've updated codecs, that made no difference.

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A:Solved: Windows Media Player 10 - not playing streaming

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I have a memory card camcorder that records video as .ASF files (MPEG4 I think too) and until now have had no problem playing back the video files that I have recorded.

I've recently had to do a full system wipe of my computer due to various issues. Now I have a bang up to date version of Windows Media Player 10 as well as all the codecs packs. However the .ASF videos just won't play properly, the videos stop and start every second with huge gaps in between each frame. Windows Media Player also crashes with playing these files, I tried RealPlayer which also delivers exactly the same results.

I'm totally stuck with what to do,

Thanks for any help you will be able to give me in advance,


A:Trouble playing ASF files and Windows Media Player

Sounds like it might be a codec problem. Do a google search for a program called gspot (you can guess why I won't do one at work -.-;; ) It opens a file and reads what codec's its trying to use. Giving that output about the audio and video codec would let us know what those files are using in particular and can hunt down a way to fix it.

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Hi, i was wondering if anyone could help me.

I have windows media player 11, afaik the whole codec pack, and windows xp. Normally WMP works perfectly, except when i try and play videos in websites. The videos aways screen as just a plain green screen, with the audio working normally.

If i download the vieos however, they play fine in the WMP player itself.

Im pretty sure i have all the right codecs, but havent got a clue how to rectify this.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Floody

A:Windows Media Player Problem: Playing in Websites

Anyone able to even hazard a guess?

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No matter where I go....our local t.v. channel online, abc, cbs, nbc, etc. I can't play a video with either Windows Media Player 11, or RealPlayer 10. When I click on a video it says "buffering". It gets to like 30% then plays two seconds of the video, then stops (freezes) and buffers again, then stops, then buffers and so on. Or it will freeze on one frame, so I will have a still picture of part of the video and the sound will keep going and play the whole audio portion, but not the picture. Is there anything I can do, or is there something I am doing wrong? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have Windows XP Media Edition on a computer with Intel Pentium D Processor 2.8GHz w/Dual Core, 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM @ 667 MHz, 128MB ATI Hyper Memory (if any of this helps). When I first got this computer I could click on, and play, any video. Now I can't.

A:Windows Media Player - Trouble Playing Video

Slow internet? Nothing to do with your computer hardware or software.

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Windows 7 Ultimate: Anyone know how to stop WMP from opening and playing DVD movies? This used to be a relatively simple task in XP, but Microsoft have really outdone themselves here, with WMP jumping in and hogging the limelight, even though in my case, WMP can't even play the files. But even if it could, there are better movie players available.

Thanks :-)

A:Windows Media Player - how to prevent it playing DVDs?

In Control Panel choose AutoPlay.
In the Window that opens you can adjust all the AutoPlay options.

If wish to have certain Programs be the default you can choose Default Programs in the Control Panel.

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I download my Audiobooks from into Windows Media Player and then burn to CD using Nero. However if I want to hear them directly from my computer I find I can not play the files. Is this not an anomoly? If they can be downloaded why can't I play them? Is there a codec I can install?

A:playing Audible .aa files in Windows media player

I have books from there also and can play them from within audible manager but if I go to the audible download folder and try then I can't play them either, though I thought I could with Vista. Are you using the audible manager program to try to play them or just the folder?

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When I insert a DVD, I want it to start with InterVideo WinDVD 4, but Windows Media Player insists on playing it. I have gone into Options in WMP, and unchecked DVD, but it reverts right back, and won't stay unchecked. I'm using WMP 10.0 on XP Pro. I think I saw a fix for this problem somewhere but can't find it.

Thanks very much for any help.

A:Solved: Windows Media Player insist on playing DVD's

go into my computer and right click on your dvd drive, click on properties, click on auto play scroll to dvd movie and click on the program that you want to open then click apply. That should fix your problem.

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So I have been trying to play/rip this CD I just got, but I have been having no luck at all. It will start playing the song, and continue playing the whole song, but the rest of the computer crashes so I am forced to restart. I don't get why one program would crash the whole computer like that... I've also tried to rip the CD, and it would rip about 4 tracks and then the computer would crash and it would stop. Anyone having a similar problem or know how to fix this one? It is an imported Japanese CD by the way, not sure if that matters or not.

A:Windows Media Player crashes computer playing CD

What program are you using?

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don't know why can't hear any sound (only video) when playing DVD in Windows media player. but it works fine with CD. just to let you know it happened after restalling Windows XP. so don't know what i've missed. pls help.

A:no sound, only video when playing DVD with Windows Media Player

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I have windows vista 32bit with a amd quadcore 3.0ghz and have the integrated ati hd3200 graphics board with the latest drivers and when i play a divx file the video plays choppy, i tried to look for hardware accleration for video which i always found on previous versions of windows but cant find it now, please help

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i've got the latest edition of media player but every time i go to play a dvd it will not open and i keep getting the dialogue box telling me to change my screen resolution and graphics. this doesnt help.
when going to the web help it says i have error message C00D116A.
I looked at driver updates,; i dont need them either for windows or intel graphics card
I have two separate media players (sony vaio and interactual 2.0) and they are also refusing to open and play, saying that it is a video subsystem problem.
any help warmly welcolme

A:Solved: windows media player not playing dvds

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I have ten songs that i bought online and my WMP used to play them, but no longer does. Everytime i go to open the files, a error screen comes up saying "there was an u expecte error and WMP needs to close"

i have sent the info. to Microsoft, but there haven't been any fixes. I do have the latest updates for it, any solutions or what's the next step...perhaps a error number is what you need?


A:Windows Media Player no longer playing .wma files

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"Windows Media Player cannot play the DVD because a compatible DVD decoder is not installed on your computer."

I get this message when trying to play dvds on my laptop. I have downloaded the latest version of wmp 10, however the message still appears. All other programs are updated and running as they should be.

I need to download something i guess, but i dont know what.

Please help!

Thanks in advance

A:playing dvds - windows media player probs

Yes you need a dvd decoder installed. What is the make of your DVD player? Did it come with software?

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When opening a video with wmp 12 the "now playing" window always opens as a very tiny window or, if "fit player to video" is checked, adjusts itself to the size of the video. When manually adjusting the size of the window and then closing the application and opening a new video, the "now playing" window goes back to being tiny. I have tried checking and unchecking both "fit player to video" and "fit video to player on resize" under "video" on the right click menu. With previous versions of windows media player it was possible to adjust the window size and have all the videos adjust to that size. Is this a bug or a new feature? Or is there a way to change back to the old way? I'm using windows 7 RC x64.

A:Windows Media Player 12 Now Playing window too small

I think this is expected behavior. Have you tried playing the video in the Library view?

edit: I think I found something of a workaround but maybe its not entirely what you want. If you open Windows Media Player (without opening a file) and switch to the Now Playing view, hold the ctrl button while resizing the window. Then exit and open a file. On my computer it will pop up at the same size I had just resized it to. 

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Hi. I have a problem with windows media player. When I try to watch a video clip on the net media player opens but does not play it. I am on vista on both computers, and they both have the same problem. Both computers are recient models. Lap top is Acer Aspire 5738Z, tower is Packard Bell, not sure what model it is but nI know it has a quad core etc etc, it was just about top spec when I baught it last year.
Any help or advice would be much appreciated.

A:Solved: windows media player problem playing

Does it give any messages error messages or say anything like buffering?

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After a month of using VISTA 32bit Ultimate Edition and using Windows Media player 11 I had absolutely no problems.

Now in the second month,Im noticing that Only Mp3 Files start cutting/or skipping in my PC WITHOUT ANY ERROR MSG.

But Any other file format like Wav and Mpeg vidoes seems to work perfectly well.

I tried playing Mp3 files in Real player& Winamp, it works perfectly well.

So why suddenly only MP3 Files seem to start cutting on my Vista 32bit System?

Pls find a solution to the problem

I tried scanning for spywares,still no point...

A:Vista Windows Media Player MP3 Playing Issue

try downloading K-lite codecs pack
along with Vista Codecs bundle

Should fix that issue for you

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For some reason my Windows Media player plays a video that was not downloaded to my computer. It was a video that i had watched on the internet but did not download and now cannot find the video to delete it. I cleared my internet history, scanned for viruses. Does anyone know what to do in this situation? I am running Windows Vista but do not know what version of Media Player. The computer i am writing this from is my work computer, the computer in question is at home.

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Can't figure this out. Often when playing dvd's in my system now, the media player is forced to close after say a few minutes of watching the movie. I get an error message saying sorry for the inconvenience but windows media player is going to be forced to close. Any clue what could be going on. Dell 1.1 ghz, 512 ram, 120 gb hd, windows xp pro...

A:Windows media player forced to close when playing dvd's...

Whenever I run a DVD movie I use my CyberLink/Power DVD Player which is
brought up as a choice along with my media player. What are are you using? I'm the first to admit that I'm no DVD expert, but it plays very well with no problems.

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When I play a DVD or MP3 with Windows Media Player 11 (WinXPproSP2) the movie plays but there is no sound. There is audio if I use WinDVD or Real Player so it is not a hardware problem with the laptop.
Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions. I did recently install an MP3 ripper if that is of any use.
Thank you.

A:No Audio from Windows Media Player 11

simple fix. try start-control panel-sounds right click the entry "speakers" and select "set as default". i found on mine that if it was set to "digital" which it was be default, that the dvd audio wouldn't play in wmp11

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Win98, AMD1.2MGZ, 128MB RAM, 120GHD

I had to recently reinstall Windows and now I get no audio from Media player 7.1. It's a fresh 7.1 install. It opens and shows video, but no sound. I can play cd's or mp3's from winamp, and I get the windows opening music, so I know my sound card is functioning. If I click on an mp3, winplayer 7.1 opens, shows that the song is playing, but no sound. Also, I don't know if this could affect this or not, but I ran the Maxtor diagnostic and it said my HD was failing.

Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Windows media player no audio

It could be possible that when you installed another program (such as
RealPlayer or Winamp) the default associations for sound playback
was changed by one of those programs. For example, Winamp will
try to become the default player for all sound formats unless you
explictly instruct the installer not to do so.

You can check this by opening Windows Media Player, selecting "Tools,"
"Options", and then the "Formats" tab. See if "Windows Media Audio
File", and "Audio File" are checked. If you want the Windows Media
Player to be your default device for audio CDs, check "CD Audio Track"
too. Click on "Apply".

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When I play a DVD or MP3 with Windows Media Player 11 (WinXPproSP2) the movie plays but there is no sound. There is audio if I use WinDVD or Real Player so it is not a hardware problem.

Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions. I did recently install an MP3 ripper if that helps with any ideas.

Thank you.

A:No Audio from Windows Media Player 11

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I just upgraded from win 98 to winME. I downloaded an updated version of windows media player (9) and it says "Windows Media Player cannot play the file because there is a problem with your sound device. There may not be a sound device installed on your computer, it may be in use by another program, or it may not be functioning properly 0xC00D11BA: Cannot play the file". Every other audio funcion I try works, why won't this?

A:windows media player 9-no audio

Open the volume icon in the lower right hand corner. Go to options, properties, place a check mark in everything, then go back and check volume levels and muted items.

You might also have a read thru this:

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Hey, can anyone tell me how to change the audio setup from a 5.1 to a 2.1 in media player? Whenever I watch dvd's on my laptop, the background noise is very loud and the main dialogue is very hard to hear. Thanks guys...

A:Audio in windows media player

Usually this is a function of your sound card's control software and not a player's settings. Do you have a sound control icon in the tray?

If you have the standard Windows volume control in the tray, double-click it. Go to Options, Properties, and you will see a place to enable more volume controls for rear, center, subwoofer, etc.

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I use Windows Media Player 7.1 and have installed the latest WM9 codecs.I have teo CD Rom Drives-

A Creative 48x (Slave) which has the CD Audio Cable connected to soundcard
An LG 24x10x40x Writer (Master) without any analog CD Cable connected
But the drive letters are swapped through the Windows System Device Manager.WMP can't read audio CDs digitally from any of these drives and displays an error saying that it cannot read CD Digital Audio Correctly and so it would switch to Analog Mode.Even if I enabled Digital Audio from Multimedia-->CD,it cannot play them in Digital Mode but in Analog Mode,though actually it plays in digital mode now because I could hear the music through my LG drive.Why is this so?

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I have windows xp installed, and with that Windows Media Player 8, or the one that comes with xp. The only problem is that i'm stumped on how to burn from an audio cd to another cd. How is this done?!

A:Windows Media Audio Player 8.0

Is it absolutely necessary for you to burn cd to cd from media player? There are far superior burning programs such as Nero to do these things.

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Hi there,

I've just gotten done going through the previous posts on this matter. I've tried downloading the MP4 codec, every codec pack mentioned, gspotting, getting DIVX 3, etc, etc. And I'm still getting this error.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


A:Audio Tag 85/Windows Media Player 9

umm update to windows media player 10. ? if you are running XP

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I downloaded a torrent from
and the video plays and all of the backround sounds and music play just fine but you can't hear the dialog, also when I play the video on Windows Media Player it says that their is a file they can not read but it may still play which it does, so I was wondering if any buddy knew what I can do. Thanks

A:Audio Help for Windows Media Player

P2P Instructions - We do not support P2P file sharing applications and any threads requesting help for such will be closed. This includes Kazaa, Bearshare, WinMX, and the like. If you're interested in the topic, you are free to discuss it on our site (and please visit, but information on how to use them will not be provided.
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My system runs Windows ME and I downloaded Windows Media Player 9 a while back. I liked it and it was working totally fine, but now I can't see to get it to play any audio. The picture displays and no error messages pop up and yes my speakers are on. My other movie players can play the movies just fine. My DIVX player sometimes crashes due to some C++ error, but I'm not worried about that one. I also have an Elecard Movie Player and that works just fine too, but I want my Windows Media Player 9 To be able to playback movies fine and for that I need it to have audio. If anyone can help me fix this windows media player problem or find a way so that My DIVX player doesn't crash when I play a movie, that'd be sweet and oh yes, happy holidays once again! If you need any more info on my prob please post.

A:Windows Media Player (No Audio)

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I recently downgraded from Vista to XP on my Dell XPS 420. Everything worked like a charm but I am unable to hear any audio when I play movies in Windows Media Player. I downloaded VLC player and played the DVD in that, it worked fine, I could hear the audio no problems. But it is when I load anything into windows media player that I can?t hear the audio. Is there a simply settings change that will fix this?

Any help would be greatly appreciated, Thank you!!

A:No Audio in Windows Media Player

Hello halfbakedj14

Maybe Media Player is missing some codecs.
Download and install K-Lite Codec Pack (Full).

Hope that fixes it


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I posted this in the audio section, but I got no responses, I really need to fix it, Sorry if any mods get super pissed but I've run out of ideas.

So I just started having this problem when I didn't have it yesterday, when I open a video that was working yesterday it just comes up with this error and doesn't play it, the video does play in VLC player, but with out sound, its not the video file as I try it on my laptop and it works fine, it is a mp4 video, I have also tried playing sound mp3 files and they don't play either. Any ideas? thanks guys.

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I'd like to know why windows media player won't play my media files after a reboot. Didn't change codecs. Didn't delete anything.

I did try to restore cos I suddenly couldn't go online but the restore said that it didn't work so I assume nothing was changed

Same exact file, same folder, now won't play.

Oh, and Chrome now won't open. Makes the little "timer" spinny icon thing, then that stops, program isn't open. I know that's a different problem but it started at the same time

Thanks for any help

It's extremely frustrating to switch to what you think will be a new and improved os and have these things happen

And it's not like I have an old printer that won't work now or something. This is windows media player

A:Windows media player suddenly won't play a file I was just playing

Instead of coming on here and posting the above and swearing
Why don't you ask nicely for some help.
Members otherwise will just read your post and ignore it or report it

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I have a problem with Windows Media Player 11 running on Vista Home Premium.

Any time I try playing live streams, it would start properly, but after a while it would freeze the picture while audio is still playing. Sometimes it even completely stops live streaming showing only black screen. Does this have anything to do with the codecs ? Do I have to reinstall Windows Media Player ?

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Ok so Im getting this problem with Windows Media Player. Ive never really bothered with this problem untill now (I use LimeWire to play music instead). But I want to start useing it, but I get that annoying message when I try and play a song.

I looked for a solution in the 'Web Help' option, but I didnt find a definate answer to my problem. It said that another program has changed the files or something. This had never happened before I got LimeWire, so Im thinking LimeWire has messed the files around, but because it wasnt a direct answer to my problem, I thought maybe its somthing else. I dont want to get rid of LimeWire, because thats what I use to download my music, and It may not fix the problem. :/

I hope thats all the information needed.

A:Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file.

Please read AND follow the rules when posting. Specifically the parts about p2p assistance. Rules

This thread is closed.

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I am getting video, but its not playing the audio

A:Solved: Windows Media Player, not playing sound with video

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Got a new computer at work (Dell Optiplex 760 w 3.25 GB RAM - running Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3). When I try to play my music files (originally downloaded from purchased CD's on my old computer) on this new computer through Windows Media Player the sound is stuttering. Randomly. My IT dept. can't figure it out. I was running WMP v. 9 and today I updated to v. 11. It doesn't matter. Still stuttering. I have little Bose desktop speakers. When I go into the control panel on my computer and click on the "sounds and audio devices" icon it says SoundMax HD Audio. I'm assuming that's the sound card? The music files are local on my hard drive. It's driving me crazy....and I'm not a sophisticated computer user. Help. Thank you.

A:Windows Media Player stuttering when playing music files

I have the same problem with the same computer. Haven't been able to fix it either.

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When I click on any kind of internet explorer video clip to view it, It gives an error message...

Windows Media Player cannot connect to the server. The server name might not be correct, the server might not be available, or your proxy settings might not be correct.
Then I click more info and I get...
C00D1198: Cannot connect to the server
Windows Media Player cannot connect to the server hosting the content that you want to play. You might encounter this error message for one of the following reasons:

The name of the server hosting the content is not valid. If you typed a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) address in the Open URL dialog box, verify that the file name is spelled correctly and that the path to the file is correct, and then try again. If you clicked a link on a Web page, the link might not be valid.
The server is not available (for example, the server is busy or not online). Try again later.
The proxy server settings for Windows Media Player are not configured properly. Verify that your proxy server settings are correct.
To verify your proxy server settings
On the Tools menu, click Options, click the Network tab, and then verify your settings in the Streaming proxy settings area.

If you do not know what your proxy server settings should be, on the Network tab, select a protocol, click Configure, and then select Autodetect proxy settings or Use proxy settings of the Web browser (available for HTTP protocol only).
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A:Windows Media player not playing internet explorer videos.

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Hey guys,

I got this really strange error, or I guess it's actually a bug. It happens in Windows Media Player 12 (my default player). When I select some audio files (no difference between extensions) and press play, WMP (12) doesn't play the first file. Instead, it plays the last file of my selection/selected tracks. He puts this last track on top of my original selection, so after this track he plays the original (first) track.

Besides that being really annoying (can you imagine playing you're favourite cd of the most awesome band in the world, which happens to be a live recording, and than have it start with the end of their perfomance?! ), it has this even more annoying feature: it doesn't happen all the time. Most of the times, like 75% or so. That makes it really hard to figure out, at least I can't think of what 'triggers' the bug.

When my laptop just started, the bug seems to happen more frequently. But to be clear; it doesn't always happen.

I've got a screenshot here to clarify it.

PS: Don't mind the crazy language in the picture , it's Dutch.

I couldn't find any information on this bug anywhere so I decided to post it here.
All help and tips are greatly appreciated!
System specs:
i5 - 430 M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730
Windows 7 Pro

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I have a Sony Vaio E Series VPCEH16EN model running on Windows 8 64 bit.
Hardware : -
Core i3
2.1 GHz
512 MB Nvidia GeForce 410M

Windows media player freezes for a second or two while playing any video files. I usually play mp4 files and the freeze is very annoying. Please help! by the way I have removed my battery and my laptop is running on AC Supply.

THanks in advance.

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This problem has popped up recently. Windows Media Player sudenly does not play the same internet radio stations I have listened to before that use Media Player and it always did before quickly and automatically. Now the media opens, shows connecting and then Ready. Nothing happens and when I click Play it just repeats the process and still nothing happens. Other stations that use flash player or something else play just fine fine. All sounds and videos work well.

Recently Internet Explorer 8 did a large update and so did Itunes. Windows Media player worked fine when I tested it to play songs from the library. I checked some settings in WMP and they seemed ok to me.

I could not find a solution to this when I searched the forums regarding this.
I run Vista Home Premium and Windows updates are up to date.
Thanks for any suggestions.

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When I use Windows Media Player 10 to play a song file on my PC, no problem. When I use it to play a movie off the net, it stops responding altogether and I have to reboot to get it to work on my song files. I read somewhere about reverting to Version 9 and I did that, but still have the same problem. Someone recommended "Light Alloy" but I can't get that to play movies on the net either.
Any advice on getting WMF to play movies off the net would be greatly appreciated? Thanks!
PS: I am running XP Professional on a Dell with Service Pack 2, 1GB RAM and a lot of HD space

A:Windows Media Player 9 and 10 Problems playing movies on Internet

Well what's your network connection and where is the video your trying to play?

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A year ago, a random day, I suddenly started to face a problem with playing sound files:

This error message kept popping up when trying to play any type of sound file. (mp3, avi, m4a, you name it)
When trying it with another media player (VLC Media Player), no error appeared, but no sound either (just a blank screen and the play button doing nothing)
Playing video files (mp4, avi, flv, ...) did show the video, but no sound at all.
I tried numerous things like installing codec packs like K-Lite, with no positive results.
After some searching , I did find a "fix" by going into the settings of the Playback devices and checking disable all sound effects, however I think this isn't a significant fix and worse issues are behind this.
(I haven't actually thought about posting a thread about this the entire year )

I recently tried to find a better fix for this. The integrated Windows problem solvers does nothing productive in this situation. It never find any problems.
I did try to restore WMP settings to default, no difference either.

As far as I can remember, this issue arose a month or so after I updated my Realtek HD Audio drivers. That is why I blame that. I couldn't roll it back, but I managed to find the "stock" drivers for my PC model on the manufacturer's site (eMachines model ET1870; bought back in 2011), but that did not solve anything either.
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A:Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file

If it was a driver issue, you would have the issue as soon as you started the PC, not a month later. Create a manual System Restore point (System Restore) and update your drivers.

If it gets worse, roll back the drivers or restore the system with the manual restore point you just created. After all, You can still try to install even an older driver.

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if been having problems with windows media player for several days now ive tried to download differnet version and it will not allow them to. ive even tried vlc media player and it want play either been to several websites looking for answer but nothing helps can u please help i have a hp windows 7 64 bites

A:Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file.

Are you experiencing the problem trying to play 1 file, or all media files?

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It used to play DVDs until I uninstalled InterVideo WinDVD. Dumb move. I guess WMP was using InterVidoeo's codec. I reinstalled the program, thinking that would fix the problem, but it didn't. I've also download the Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility and set the InterVideo decoder as my preferred decoder, but I didn't get anywhere with that either. How do I get WMP 11 to play DVDs again like it did before? Can I do this without downloading another program or reverting to an older version of WMP?

A:Solved: Windows Media Player 11 Not Playing DVDs Anymore

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I had some malware problems which I fixed but now windows media player won't play mp3s and gives an error message about a missing codec. I've installed the missing codec and it didn't fix the problem. Additionally no mp3s will play on any internet sights in both IE and Firefox. I've reinstalled media player but that didn't help either( I didn't uninstall and reinstall though). Mp3s will play fine in both Audacity and any other media player I install, currently using KM player but I would like to be able to use my windows playlists. Any help will be appreciated.

A:problems playing mp3s with windows media player and on browsers


I didn't uninstall and reinstall though

That may be the problem. Not sure.
You could also try running sfc /scannow from the command prompt to check for inconsistencies with Windows files.
Also make extra sure that all viruses are gone. Usually I run Security Essentials, Malwarebytes, SpyBot Search & Destroy, and Superantispyware for starters.

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My computer downloads and plays music in the background when I am connected to the internet. I have rebooted, run malware antivirus programs and nothing, they say the computer is clean. The music stays muted in the background, but it takes up bandwidth. Please help

A:Windows 7 background music playing on Windows Media Player when connected to internet

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Ever since I downloaded Media Player 10, I have an audio play problem. The best way I can describe it is a repeat delay, almost as if my computer is now playing in "Rounds" like Row, Row, Row your boat. You start, and then a beat later, someone else sings what you have just sung. Or like there's an echo. Sorry for the lack of technical description, but I don't know how else to describe it. I'm sure it must be something in the settings, but I can't find it. How do I fix this?

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Hi, I'm trying to play unlisenced mp3's and lisenced mp3's from napster in windows media player but i get the following message. The Funny thing is i can play both types of mp3's in winamp and napster with no problem. Also videos play fine in WMP but again with no sound.

Any one got any ideas?

I have a Creative 24bit 5.1 sound card.

"windows media player cannont play the file because there is a problem with your
sound device. There might not be a sound device installed on your computer, it might
be in use by another program, or it might not be functioning properly."

A:Windows Media Player Audio Problem

Did you close out any audio problem that might be using the device at the time?

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The audio has been working fine on my girlfriend's Windows Vista machine. But now the audio works only when you play a CD in Windows Media Player. If, for example, you go to and click to play a selection, nothing happens. What you see at any any selection is just a black screen, not the image.

then I downloaded and installed WinAmp on her machine. It won't play any audio when you go to Shoutcast.

I tried to play a CD that played fine in Windows Media Player in WinAmp instead. (by changing the default player to WinAmp, from Windows Media Player) I could see the name of the CD in WinAmp, and I could also see the equalizer visual thing moving, so it appears the CD was playing in WinAmp. You just couldn't hear the sound. When I changed the default player back to Windows Media Player, the CD played and you could hear it!

As to what has changed on her machine from when the audio worked everywhere to now when it works only when playing a CD in Windows Media Player: She was subscribed to the Rhapsody music service. Instead of unsubscribing, she uninstalled the program. When her audio wouldn't work she tried to troubleshoot and may have changed settings in the Control Panel under "sound" and "Realtek audio." She may have tried other things.

Can someone please tell me how to fix this? Thanks!

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Windows Media Player won't use DFX Audio Enhancer with DVD's. Help me, please.

Here is what the problem is.

I have DFX Audio Enhancer Plus installed and working fine with all other content Windows Media Player plays, however, when I play DVD's, Windows Media Player won't use DFX Audio Enhancer and DFX Audio Enhancer just says "no sound".

I get a pretty crappy audio quality as a result. I also have plugins in place which are meant to enhance my picture quality further and I doubt they work, too.

Windows Media Player version - 11
Operating System - Vista 64 SP 1
DFX Audio Enhancer Plus version - 9

Help me solve this issue, please.

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