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Old 07-23-2005, 09:40 AM   #1
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AVI files wont play in Windows Media Player

Hi everyone! I'm a complete newbie to all of this to the point where i only accessed limewire for the first time tonight. I was hoping someone could help me. When I try to play an AVI file with Windows Media Player a message pops up saying "Windows Media Cannot Play the file. The file is either corrupt of the player doesn't support the format you are trying to play." I've downloaded Divx codecs but it still does it.

Can someone please tell me what I need to do? Thanks heaps.
Old 07-23-2005, 10:10 AM   #2
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This sounds like the data in the movie file is encoded in something other than DivX. As far as I am aware, Windows Media Player doesn't give you an option to find out what codec is used, so you're pretty much on your own if you want to get this to work.

The obvious suggestion (obvious after asking an MS-Windows question on a Linux forum) is to use Linux, which has much fewer problems with hiding information from the user. Or at least use free (as in speech) software to play the file; try paying a visit to to get a media player that actually works most of the time. I think it's even ported to MS-Windows.
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Another free alternative:
Old 07-23-2005, 10:44 AM   #4
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Thanks guys. I looked up what codec I needed for the file and it said I needed MP43. Does anyone know where I can get this from?

Ta :-)
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A search on google did help

No guarantee from me, though.

Good luck.
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