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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.
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.