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    Windows 7 plays AVI files without having to find other codecs. Great, great, great add on.

    It plays AVI's great. But for some AVI files, Media Player will stop playing, issue a message it found a problem with the file, and exit. For different AVI files, the problem may occur at different points in the playing, but for the same file, it always exits at exactly the same point, each time.

    In debugging this problem, I installed Media Player Classic, which had no problems playing entire AVI file. At the point where Windows 7 Media Player finds the problem, Media Player Classic will "hic-up", but continue playing.

    Anyone know how I can resolve this problem? How do you report such a problem to Microsoft. Have any updates for Windows 7 Media Player come out yet.

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    Not that it answers your question, but personally I would use VLC player which plays almost every codec under the sun, and leave Windows media player where it belongs.......in the trash. Just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Wong View Post
    Windows 7 plays AVI files without having to find other codecs. Great, great, great add on.

    It plays AVI's great. But for some AVI files, Media Player will stop playing, issue a message it found a problem with the file, and exit. For different AVI files, the problem may occur at different points in the playing, but for the same file, it always exits at exactly the same point, each time.

    In debugging this problem, I installed Media Player Classic, which had no problems playing entire AVI file. At the point where Windows 7 Media Player finds the problem, Media Player Classic will "hic-up", but continue playing.

    Anyone know how I can resolve this problem? How do you report such a problem to Microsoft. Have any updates for Windows 7 Media Player come out yet.
    Sounds to me that you have a codec problem. You can obtain free codecs for Win7 here: http://shark007.net
    It should fix your problem!
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    Quote Originally Posted by casper View Post
    Not that it answers your question, but personally I would use VLC player which plays almost every codec under the sun, and leave Windows media player where it belongs.......in the trash. Just my opinion.
    And a sound opinion it is Casper, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Wong View Post
    Windows 7 plays AVI files without having to find other codecs. Great, great, great add on.

    It plays AVI's great. But for some AVI files, Media Player will stop playing, issue a message it found a problem with the file, and exit. For different AVI files, the problem may occur at different points in the playing, but for the same file, it always exits at exactly the same point, each time.

    In debugging this problem, I installed Media Player Classic, which had no problems playing entire AVI file. At the point where Windows 7 Media Player finds the problem, Media Player Classic will "hic-up", but continue playing.

    Anyone know how I can resolve this problem? How do you report such a problem to Microsoft. Have any updates for Windows 7 Media Player come out yet.
    I've had similar problems with WMP latest and a few previous versions.
    Also, it can't seem to handle large avi files > 1-1.5 GB; sound will be way out of sync with video if I brouse through the movie by clicking various
    "seek" positions in the avi. Sometimes it will just crash.

    VCL player makes for a better default player and is far more stable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    I've had similar problems with WMP latest and a few previous versions.
    Also, it can't seem to handle large avi files > 1-1.5 GB; sound will be way out of sync with video if I brouse through the movie by clicking various
    "seek" positions in the avi. Sometimes it will just crash.

    VCL player makes for a better default player and is far more stable.
    Will VLC player work with Windows 7? I don't see the OS listed on the VLC Player site.

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    I discovered that Windows 7 / Windows Media Player working in combination needs 512MB of video memory in order to play HD video. Windows 7 Tech Support person Alex told me this; a very helpful guy. My 2-year-old motherboard includes the usual built-in video chip which uses some of the computer's RAM memory to boost performance. However, the maximum amount of RAM it uses is 256MB. This caused Windows Media Player to freeze after about 20 seconds of playing an HD video clip, HD movie trailer, etc. It would remain frozen for 3 or 4 minutwes then spontaneously reboot. Also, it would freeze after waking from Sleep state. I should mention this all happened on Win7 Home Premium 64-bit version. When I plugged in a separate video/graphics card with 512MB of video memory built-in to the card, the problem ceased.

    Before installing the plug-in video/graphics card, I downloaded and installed the latest version of VLC Media Player (a free download). VLC Player managed to play the HD video clips just fine, no problem. I installed a new video/graphics card anyway, and now we can play 3D games with nice graphics and smoother framerates.

    Regarding the freezeup after coming out of Sleep state, I suspect, but can't yet prove, that it may be connected with the wireless USB adapter plugged into a USB port on the rear of the computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    I've had similar problems with WMP latest and a few previous versions.
    Also, it can't seem to handle large avi files > 1-1.5 GB; sound will be way out of sync with video if I brouse through the movie by clicking various
    "seek" positions in the avi. Sometimes it will just crash.

    VCL player makes for a better default player and is far more stable.

    Should Windows Media Player be uninstalled when VLC Player is installed?

    No one provided a link, so here it is: http://www.vlcmediaplayer.org/
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    I agree, just dump WMP and use VCL. It's truly amazing that WMP doesn't include important codecs without jumping through a bunch of hoops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heinz Witteveen View Post
    Sounds to me that you have a codec problem. You can obtain free codecs for Win7 here: http://shark007.net
    It should fix your problem!
    I wouldn't know if it is definitely a codec problem but I can also affirm that the Shark007 codec packages are fantastic. No need to install another silly media player. WMP will play anything and everything with his codec. He has athem for XP/Vista and a separate one for Windows 7... and an add-on for 64-bit systems here: 64-bit Components.
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    I am going to side with Pilgrim. Although VLC player may be a great player, I can rip music with Windows media player. Pilgrim, I downloaded the codecs. Thanks.
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    I'm in the VLC camp, Windows Media Player is poor quality and it's amazing they haven't fixed it and make users go through a bunch of heartburn to dl codecs that should be native.

    my .02.

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    VLC has its problems but overall file support is great. My personal experience with WMP in 7 is its a great display for .avi (divx and xvid) but it sometimes has problems with freeze up and syncing and I've traced that to files that are over 2 gigs. Keeping it under 2 gigs and it works all the time but again, that is another restriction that makes VLC a little more superior.

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    I've never liked VLC myself.

    I prefer KMPlayer which plays all video and audio files that I have tried w/o issues.

    http://kmplayer.en.softonic.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zack Zaccagnini View Post
    Will VLC player work with Windows 7? I don't see the OS listed on the VLC Player site.

    Yes Zack, it will.
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