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Software => Computer software => Topic started by: Louis on March 27, 2008, 02:40:56 PM

Title: Windows media player wont play MPG files
Post by: Louis on March 27, 2008, 02:40:56 PM
Im using windows media player 10 on windows xp pro. For the past week ive noticed it now wont play MPG video clips. It keeps telling me "Windows Media Player cannot play the file because a required codec is not installed on your computer". Ive been using the codec "ffdshow video decoder" for the past few months now and havent had a problem with it, does anybody know whats wrong?
Title: Re: Windows media player wont play MPG files
Post by: NOT ADMIN :P on March 27, 2008, 04:12:54 PM
"ffdshow video decoder" doesnt support mpeg.

Thats why.

Search for a new codec or D/L "VCL Player" it supports mpeg

Hope this helps
Title: Re: Windows media player wont play MPG files
Post by: Louis on March 27, 2008, 05:54:50 PM
I downloaded VCL player, its works but id rather use windows media player as my universal player, ffdshow video decoder does support MPG1 and MPG2 because i went into the options and it says it supports them formats.
Title: Re: Windows media player wont play MPG files
Post by: NOT ADMIN :P on March 27, 2008, 11:18:28 PM
hhmmm....

Try a different codec ?

Title: Re: Windows media player wont play MPG files
Post by: Louis on March 28, 2008, 10:17:50 AM
What codec would you recommend? arent the codecs ment to be already build into windows media player?
Title: Re: Windows media player wont play MPG files
Post by: Deerpark on March 28, 2008, 10:44:52 AM
ffdshow does support mpeg decoding, it is just disabled by default.
But in my experience it works fine so you can just enable it.
WMP doesn't have any codecs built in. It relies entirely on external codecs.
Title: Re: Windows media player wont play MPG files
Post by: Louis on March 28, 2008, 11:27:49 AM
Hi Deerpark, i checked the options in ffdshow and mpg is enabled already, but i still cant play mpg files
Title: Re: Windows media player wont play MPG files
Post by: Deerpark on March 28, 2008, 11:37:05 AM
Have you enabled both MPEG1 and MPEG2?
Title: Re: Windows media player wont play MPG files
Post by: Louis on March 28, 2008, 11:47:46 AM
It gives two options, im not sure which one to pic, but ive tried them both, i click Tools, Options, DVD, Avanced and both options for mpg 1 & 2 are 'libmpeg2' and 'libavcodec'
Title: Re: Windows media player wont play MPG files
Post by: Deerpark on March 29, 2008, 03:51:50 AM
Is it MPEG 1 or MPEG 2 encoded files it wont play?
If you don't know download MediaInfo (http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en).
You say it used to work... have you installed or removed any software around the time it stopped working.
Title: Re: Windows media player wont play MPG files
Post by: Louis on March 29, 2008, 10:16:35 AM
I downloaded mediainfo Deerpark, it seems to be the MPEG 1 files that aren't working. Last week i did install DivX to see what it was like, i wonder did that cause the problem, i have it uninstalled now
Title: Re: Windows media player wont play MPG files
Post by: Louis on March 29, 2008, 11:15:42 AM
Deerpark good news :) i got it sorted! i got the latest version of ffdshow, installed it and in the installer i made sure i selected MPG-1 decoder, i installed it yesterday and didnt select the MPG-1 decoder, so now i have it working properly. thanks for your help ;D
Title: Re: Windows media player wont play MPG files
Post by: Deerpark on March 29, 2008, 06:45:26 PM
Well that is good news, great to hear you managed to sort it out. :)
Title: Re: Windows media player wont play MPG files
Post by: quaden_haosac on March 31, 2008, 07:10:30 AM
You can download VLC Media Player 0.8.6d in this link: http://www.dotqn.com/software.php?software=VLC%20Media%20Player%200.8.6d
Title: Re: Windows media player wont play MPG files
Post by: Deerpark on March 31, 2008, 08:48:24 AM
Considering the user already solved his problem your link is kind of pointless quaden_haosac...

And 8.6d is not the latest version btw...
You should get it directly from the author instead of some random site to make sure you get the latest version.
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/