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    Opening video files (IE 6)

    Hi all,

    I hope this is a relevant question for this board, my apologies if it isn't. Lately I've been having trouble opening video files (mpgs, mpegs,) from IE in Windows Media Player. If I click on the link to the file WMP opens up but I get an error message saying that WMP has encountered an error and needs to close. If I click on the More Information link it brings up a new window at Microsoft's Online Crash Analysis saying that the error was likely caused by MPEG Encoder, created by MainCocept AG. I'm directed to their web site where I can download the MainConcept MPEG Encoder 1.3.1 for Windows. I tried this but it made no difference at all, still couldn't open a video file.

    Anyone have any ideas?

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    Re: Opening video files (IE 6)

    Have you tried removing the codec to see if the problem goes away with it?
    -Mark

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    Re: Opening video files (IE 6)

    It worked!!

    Just curious, if I had the problem before I installed the codec and after I installed the codec why would the problem go away after removing the codec? (Just trying to make some sense out of it)

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Opening video files (IE 6)

    I wish I had a good answer for that one. I have learned over time that codecs can make Media Player get flaky, and all I can do is suspect how the product is constructed. I have used other media players that do not crash and burn with the same codec in use. My best guess is that WMP maintains some kind of catalog or database of all of the installed system codecs and that adding or removing one forces it to rebuild that database. I have simply never dug that deeply into the issue of codecs, they either work or they do not. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    Glad you got it working!
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    Re: Opening video files (IE 6)

    I don't know the answer to that--logically. But perhaps it was a problem that installing that codec made worse or recalcitrant, and getting rid of the codec undid the problem somehow. Weak as far as logic, but then so is Windows to a degree. Another move that will often help a large number of WMP errors and problems is simply installing WMP 9 again (over itself if you want to say that). It works wonders a large percent of the time with different problems I've seen.

    For future reference you might get some help from this site kept by one of the members of the WMP development team:

    Windows Media Player: WMP mini FAQ

    SMBP

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