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    Windows Media Player

    Good afteroon

    I have been using Windows Media Player 9 to view movies on my PC, this morning however I can hear the soundtrack and see the icon on the tool bar but can't get to see the movie playing, if I try to enlarge the icon off the toolbar it seems to fly off the right edge of the scrren. I upgraded to Windows Media Player 10 to try and cure this but it is still doing the same, does anybody have a clue please.

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    Re: Windows Media Player

    You may have a corrupted codec, or the correct codec may not be installed. Or, the movie may have been recorded badly, and doesn't actually include video. Try installing the K-Lite (full) codec package, found here , as well as the proprietary ATI codecs, found here . As to the icon flying off the right side of the screen, try increasing your screen resolution to a size larger (higher resolution) than you have now. That should allow you to grab any icons that have disappeared from view. Once you move them, revert to the lesser resolution.

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    Re: Windows Media Player

    I'm not entirely clear on what's happening. When you state
    <hr>if I try to enlarge the icon off the toolbar it seems to fly off the right edge of the scrren<hr>
    which icon are you referring to? Is it the button in the taskbar, as show in the attached, or something different?

    If the media player window itself has moved out of view, you can move it by hand by using the following trick: <UL><LI>Click on the taskbar button<LI>Press ALT<LI>Press SPACE<LI>Press the letter V<LI>Use the arrow keys to reposition the window in a visible segment of the screen[/list]You can also try pressing ALT+Enter to enlarge the media player window to full screen mode. If that's not the problem you are experiencing, could you elucidate a bit more?
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    Re: Windows Media Player

    Sorry about the codecs answer. It seems your question is more about physically seeing the movie play in the WMP than it is on getting the player to work. I misunderstood what you were saying. The Alt-Space-V trick mentioned above in Wylly Wylly's post <post:=538,167>post 538,167</post:> doesn't seem to work in XPSP2 (at least, not on my copy), so you can try what I suggested before; change your default screen resolution to something like 1600x1200 temporarily by right-clicking an empty spot on the desktop, then Properties>Display Properties>Settings. Move the slider to the right, then Apply & OK. Move the Windows Media Player to the center of the screen. At that point, set your screen resolution back to whatever it was before by following the same procedure, but move the Display Settings slider to the left.

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    Re: Windows Media Player

    That was my fault - it's actually the letter M that enables moving.
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    Re: Windows Media Player

    It still doesn't seem to be working in XPSP2, but I know there was something like that which used to work in Win95. Can't recall if Alt-Space-M was it or not.

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    Re: Windows Media Player

    Tested with Windows Media Player 9, Windows XP SP2

    If the Media player window is Maximised then it can't be moved, but if it is an ordinary window it works fine.

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    Re: Windows Media Player

    Thank you all for your response

    Mark, I have tried your options without success, I have on my PC about 150 movie clips (usually funnies that are emailed to me) and these are in the normal formats of Windows Media, Real Player and Quick Time and up until yesterday whichever I selected played in a window on the desktop. Since yesterday if I click on a Windows Media clip I get the WMP symbol showing on the taskbar and I can hear the movies sound but the player does not show on my desktop and hence I cannot see the movie. If I click the taskbar button it turns off and disappears so I cannot even try your suggestions.

    I have tried, as I mentioned, upgrading to MP10 but I still have the same problem, I think that I will now try a complete removal and re-installation.

    Cheers

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    Re: Windows Media Player

    The unfortunate thing here is that you can't uninstall Windows Media Player. Microsoft saw fit to take away the option to remove it starting with version 9. As you've discovered upgrading also didn't help, so that option is out.

    Have you checked the event viewer (Start - Run - eventvwr.msc) to see if any errors are logged? When did this behavior start?

    You can also use WinAmp to play Windows Media files in the interim.
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    Re: Windows Media Player

    Mark,
    Can it not be removed from the "Add/Remove Windows Components" option? I have MP10 and the option to remove is displayed in this area.
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    Re: Windows Media Player

    Stuart,
    Holding that combination, then using the arrow keys does nothing with WMP 10 on my machine. In fact, the combination does nothing with any application -- other than generate a Windows default beep sound. I'm glad to know that it works on your machine; I'll look for apps that have oddball keyboard shortcuts -- ZoomText, et al.

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    Re: Windows Media Player

    It depends on the version of Windows and also the version of Media Player that's installed. See http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsme...er/faq.aspx#2_3 for details.

    How's that for consistency?? <img src=/S/RollEyes.gif border=0 alt=RollEyes width=19 height=19>
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    Re: Windows Media Player

    It's almost certainly something unique to your configuration. The Alt/Space trick works in all versions of Windows and with nearly every application. I've been using it to maximize/minimize/restore desktop windows for many moons now.
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    Re: Windows Media Player

    Thanks, Mark, for the confirmation. I am almost certain the problem's ZoomText 8.04, but since ZoomText is necessary for me to be able to adequately view fonts under 14 pts, I don't think I'll change anything. I never run into the problem described in the original post on my own machines.

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