Media Player 10 won't play mpg or mpeg files!

WTF! I had windows media player 9 intalled on SP1 and everything was fine. It's been awhile since I've installed windows and wanted a fresh install, so I did the slipstream CD with SP2 and also installed media player 10. Now WMP only plays avi's. I've installed Divx countless times, made sure directx 9c is installed, and also reinstalled the latest video card drivers! WMP will play avi's and that's it! Even WMV's only give me sound. MPG's and MPEG's give me a quiet black screen. So what gives? The Divx player plays the files fine, but I prefer WMP. Any help?

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  1. hmm sorry no help for your direct problem.

    but i can suggest another player 'Zoom player' it is very nice IMO, it only does video, but if you have somthing like Winamp for Sound then thats all you really need.

    sorry if that doesn't solve your problems, i have always found (personally) that when somthing goes wrong in software, sometimes its a nice time to test other programs.

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  2. Open WMP10 and go to Tools, Options, File Types...
    Make sure the ones set are what you want.
    Should work now...


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  3. tried that before I wrote here. I have "mpeg" checked. WinDVD won't play the mpg files either. Only Divx. And I have the codec installed.

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  4. Try different video card drivers/play around with driver settings. Sounds like a problem with video overlay. Might try a different mpeg codec too.
  5. I have the same video card and video card drivers that I did before I did the XP reinstall. The wierd thing is, the files have proper thumnails (in the folder thumnail view) so It recognizes what the video looks like. It just won't play it.

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  6. Try to get your hands on a codec pack. I have been using a pack called K-Lite codec pack. It contains all the codecs you could ever want, divx, xvid, wma, wmp, ogg, etc.

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  7. Noooooooooooooooooooo don't do what he said

    codec packs are really really bad. they are known to cause conflicts if you install more than one codec pack, and are considered a poor choice.

    FDDShow Filter (is not a codec pack)will decode DivX, XviD, early WMV's, and a few other various codecs, this will play 90% of the files you should find on the net, and will NOT cause conflicts.

    however based on the description of your problem, codecs don't seem to be the issue. the issue sounds like Windows Media player not using the "direct draw" screen overlays, and doesn't use the system codecs, (seems strange to me)

    however i am so unfamiliar with WMP that i can't really coment, or suggest anything mroe than what i said earlier.

    but don't get codec packs, i can say that much.

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  8. do you have a DVD drive that came with somthing like power DVD, or winDVD??

    the reason i ask is i need to install power DVD before any of my media players will play MPG files.

    just a shot.

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  9. Actaully, I reinstalled windows and WMP 10 played everything just fine. THEN I installed WinDVD 5 and Quicktime. Somewhere between the two of them, they killed WMP 10 again. This time, I get sound out of MPG files, but not video. Good news is, Quicktime, WinDVD, and Divx player all play the mpgs, so I'm not as pissed as before. Before, WinDVD wouldn't play the mpgs and Divx and Quicktime would play them, but had issues. Now, all 3 play them fine. Go figure.

    UPDATE: Tested something out. Here's some really wacky [-peep-]. I was comparing video quality between Divx and WinDVD. Somehow, WinDVD's volume control also controls the general volume of all video (and possibly sound). In other words, I had to turn up the volume in WinDVD to hear it on the Divx Player. Wierd, huh? I'm giong to uninstall WinDVD and see if WMP 10 works again...

    UPDATE 2: Well well well...WinDVD was the culprit. That sucks. I went through the whole mess of reinstalling XP, when all I had to do was uninstall WinDVD. WMP 10 works fine now. That really, really, sucks. XP was running PERFECTLY. Better than ever. Ah well. I wonder why WinDVD would affect it like that? Any takers?

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    <font color=red>Cross him <i><b>off</b></i> then.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by krazynutz on 09/15/04 02:58 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
  10. well when using (using as in the software is running) Power DVD (competition to winDVD) the software takes control of the system volume.

    it mutes or reduces the entire system volume of every other software, but itself is loud (makes a bit of sense if wanting to watch a DVD)

    now if WinDVD puts a thing in the background that always runs (system tray or somthing), then it could possibly disable the DVD playback in WMP (while it runs)

    DVD files are MPG/MPEG format, so perhaps it just takes control of them. (might be what it needs to do to stop WMP from ruining things)

    that was the only format you had issues with right?

    just speculation based on my experience.

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  11. I had the same problem with my tv tuner card.
    I had to disable the WDM devices on my radeon 9800 pro because the tuner card uses the same crap. I sometimes wonder if manufactures purposely make it so thier hardware/software cause conflicts with others.
    I shoulda got a 9800 pro AIW

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  12. thanks guys. later.

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