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Cannot play video cds(*.dat files)

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a b V Motherboard
June 4, 2001 2:58:25 PM

I am using a PIII 700 on a 810 based motherboard with onboard agp. Suddenly my system refuses to play video cds (aviseq.dat files). I have tried reinstalling win98 and also win 2000 but no go. The win media player 7 gives an error message that a proper set of filters could not be found to render the stream. Other video players also give an error message. The system is running fine otherwise.
Please help.

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June 4, 2001 3:58:20 PM

Do you need a special codec for these?

<i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
a b V Motherboard
June 5, 2001 6:57:31 PM

VCDs are mpeg-1 whereas SVCDs are MPEG-2 files.

WMP should not have any trouble playing mpeg1 but you will need to install a third party codec to play mpeg-2 files such as power-dvd...

mpeg files found on VCDs also contain special headers that WMP does not know how to decode. Install a SVCD,DVD or VCD software that will do that.