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    WMP (10 and 11)

    When visiting a website with mpeg or mpg linked files, the files down load but will not display until I click on the download link a second time. This happens ONLY on my desktop, a Sony VAIO RS-420. It has happened for as long as I can remember, and now that I have installed version 11 I have the same issue.

    A site that I down load from is http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/data/realtime/mpeg/

    I do NOT have this issue with any other type of files.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: WMP (10 and 11)

    I hate to say this, but I'm of the mind that WMP sucks. Version 11 has decided that it will not render anything encoded as WMV/WMA 7 on my daily machine, but these same files play back just fine in VLC Media Player and Winamp - thus, it's not a codec issue. For the record, I've reinstalled the WMP codecs - and also removed and reinstalled WMP itself. I'm not about to wipe out Windows and start fresh just to fix this irritation, but why can't Microsoft's own player work properly when other players don't bat an eyelash?

    Not that it helps your problem, Dave - I just wanted to get that out there. WMP could be really cool, but it's bloated, slow, and can't even play its own format (at least on my PC).
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    Re: WMP (10 and 11)

    Mark have you looked at WMP Mini-FAQ: A trouble-shooting guide for Windows Media Player problems.? If you point me to something encoded in WMV/WMA 7 format I'll try it on my PC.

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    Re: WMP (10 and 11)

    I do NOT have this issue on 5 other machines, just this one. I probably have a setting some where that is different on this machine than on any of the others.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: WMP (10 and 11)

    Yes, I've looked through it and found nothing on this particular issue. It's OK, really, because I don't encounter many items that are encoded with WMV 7. I received a video clip via email that I'll have to dig up if you'd like to test it out. It doesn't appear to affect other machines, just the one I use most, and not on a daily basis either. I'm more frustrated with the fact that Microsoft's own player has trouble with their native format, and other players don't. As I mentioned earlier, why would Winamp (which presumably uses the same codec) work fine on the same clip that WMP could not understand?
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    Re: WMP (10 and 11)

    Not to be picking nits but the native format for WMP is now WMV9 I believe. I don't know if WMV7 is covered by that or if you'd need a separate codec.

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    Re: WMP (10 and 11)

    Much like a service pack, the 9 series is supposed to supersede previous versions. Or, to quote the old Ragu ad campaign, "It's in there."
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    Re: WMP (10 and 11)

    Yeah, that's what they say but in an effort to improve performance or stability something could have changed which makes certain 'features' not usable. Or you just have a 'ghost in the machine' <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>.

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