Can't play .avi files ???

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

Hi,
my laptop has just developed a problem with avi files - it won't play them. It keeps giving me the message :

The specified file is invalid or the MCI device failed to open the video.

All other file types play - mpeg, mp3 etc - but not .AVI
I've just had a problem with malware/spyware and may have deleted something I shouldn't have - I'm not sure.
Any ideas on what I need to do to overcome this problem.

Thanks in advance

Stereotongue
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    Right click the .AVI file and select "Open With"
    Here select Windows Media Player and tick the mark next
    to "Always use this program..."
    >-----Original Message-----
    >Hi,
    >my laptop has just developed a problem with avi files -
    it won't play them. It keeps giving me the message :
    >
    >The specified file is invalid or the MCI device failed
    to open the video.
    >
    >All other file types play - mpeg, mp3 etc - but
    not .AVI
    >I've just had a problem with malware/spyware and may
    have deleted something I shouldn't have - I'm not
    sure.
    >Any ideas on what I need to do to overcome this problem.
    >
    >Thanks in advance
    >
    >Stereotongue
    >
    >.
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    Hi JR - I tried that and it keeps giving me the message :

    Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The file is either corrupt or the Player does not support the format you are trying to play.

    I've tried it with every avi file on my machine. My webcam can record videos - but again it won't play them back................

    Thanks
    Andrew

    "JR" wrote:

    > Right click the .AVI file and select "Open With"
    > Here select Windows Media Player and tick the mark next
    > to "Always use this program..."
    > >-----Original Message-----
    > >Hi,
    > >my laptop has just developed a problem with avi files -
    > it won't play them. It keeps giving me the message :
    > >
    > >The specified file is invalid or the MCI device failed
    > to open the video.
    > >
    > >All other file types play - mpeg, mp3 etc - but
    > not .AVI
    > >I've just had a problem with malware/spyware and may
    > have deleted something I shouldn't have - I'm not
    > sure.
    > >Any ideas on what I need to do to overcome this problem.
    > >
    > >Thanks in advance
    > >
    > >Stereotongue
    > >
    > >.
    > >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    I am having the same problem but with asf and wmv files.
    the same spyware/.malware issues as well. HELP!!!


    >-----Original Message-----
    >Hi JR - I tried that and it keeps giving me the message :
    >
    >Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The file is
    either corrupt or the Player does not support the format
    you are trying to play.
    >
    >I've tried it with every avi file on my machine. My
    webcam can record videos - but again it won't play them
    back................
    >
    >Thanks
    >Andrew
    >
    >"JR" wrote:
    >
    >> Right click the .AVI file and select "Open With"
    >> Here select Windows Media Player and tick the mark
    next
    >> to "Always use this program..."
    >> >-----Original Message-----
    >> >Hi,
    >> >my laptop has just developed a problem with avi
    files -
    >> it won't play them. It keeps giving me the message :
    >> >
    >> >The specified file is invalid or the MCI device
    failed
    >> to open the video.
    >> >
    >> >All other file types play - mpeg, mp3 etc - but
    >> not .AVI
    >> >I've just had a problem with malware/spyware and may
    >> have deleted something I shouldn't have - I'm not
    >> sure.
    >> >Any ideas on what I need to do to overcome this
    problem.
    >> >
    >> >Thanks in advance
    >> >
    >> >Stereotongue
    >> >
    >> >.
    >> >
    >>
    >.
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    try doing an xp repair, if not maybe a new installation may be easiest.

    --
    Graham Hughes
    MVP
    www.simplydv.co.uk
    www.dvds2treasure.com

    "D Fisher" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:0b1901c46e7a$0cb39e20$a301280a@phx.gbl...
    > I am having the same problem but with asf and wmv files.
    > the same spyware/.malware issues as well. HELP!!!
    >
    >
    > >-----Original Message-----
    > >Hi JR - I tried that and it keeps giving me the message :
    > >
    > >Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The file is
    > either corrupt or the Player does not support the format
    > you are trying to play.
    > >
    > >I've tried it with every avi file on my machine. My
    > webcam can record videos - but again it won't play them
    > back................
    > >
    > >Thanks
    > >Andrew
    > >
    > >"JR" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Right click the .AVI file and select "Open With"
    > >> Here select Windows Media Player and tick the mark
    > next
    > >> to "Always use this program..."
    > >> >-----Original Message-----
    > >> >Hi,
    > >> >my laptop has just developed a problem with avi
    > files -
    > >> it won't play them. It keeps giving me the message :
    > >> >
    > >> >The specified file is invalid or the MCI device
    > failed
    > >> to open the video.
    > >> >
    > >> >All other file types play - mpeg, mp3 etc - but
    > >> not .AVI
    > >> >I've just had a problem with malware/spyware and may
    > >> have deleted something I shouldn't have - I'm not
    > >> sure.
    > >> >Any ideas on what I need to do to overcome this
    > problem.
    > >> >
    > >> >Thanks in advance
    > >> >
    > >> >Stereotongue
    > >> >
    > >> >.
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >.
    > >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    HI,


    "Graham Hughes, MVP Digital Media" wrote:

    > try doing an xp repair, if not maybe a new installation may be easiest.
    >
    > --
    > Graham Hughes
    > MVP
    > www.simplydv.co.uk
    > www.dvds2treasure.com
    >
    > "D Fisher" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:0b1901c46e7a$0cb39e20$a301280a@phx.gbl...
    > > I am having the same problem but with asf and wmv files.
    > > the same spyware/.malware issues as well. HELP!!!
    > >
    > >
    > > >-----Original Message-----
    > > >Hi JR - I tried that and it keeps giving me the message :
    > > >
    > > >Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The file is
    > > either corrupt or the Player does not support the format
    > > you are trying to play.
    > > >
    > > >I've tried it with every avi file on my machine. My
    > > webcam can record videos - but again it won't play them
    > > back................
    > > >
    > > >Thanks
    > > >Andrew
    > > >
    > > >"JR" wrote:
    > > >
    > > >> Right click the .AVI file and select "Open With"
    > > >> Here select Windows Media Player and tick the mark
    > > next
    > > >> to "Always use this program..."
    > > >> >-----Original Message-----
    > > >> >Hi,
    > > >> >my laptop has just developed a problem with avi
    > > files -
    > > >> it won't play them. It keeps giving me the message :
    > > >> >
    > > >> >The specified file is invalid or the MCI device
    > > failed
    > > >> to open the video.
    > > >> >
    > > >> >All other file types play - mpeg, mp3 etc - but
    > > >> not .AVI
    > > >> >I've just had a problem with malware/spyware and may
    > > >> have deleted something I shouldn't have - I'm not
    > > >> sure.
    > > >> >Any ideas on what I need to do to overcome this
    > > problem.
    > > >> >
    > > >> >Thanks in advance
    > > >> >
    > > >> >Stereotongue
    > > >> >
    > > >> >.
    > > >> >
    > > >>
    > > >.
    > > >
    >
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    Hi,
    I tried doing system restore - but every single date I try from the options it gives me says it was unable to permorm it and no changes have been made. All this after waiting 10 minutes for it to go through it's stuff. Any ideas why it won't do it ?
    Then I tried doing a sytem recovery from the cd - it did the system recovery to what it claims is "the factory condidtion - without affecting any stored data" - and that's made no difference at all.....................
    where do I go from here ?

    Cheers

    "Graham Hughes, MVP Digital Media" wrote:

    > try doing an xp repair, if not maybe a new installation may be easiest.
    >
    > --
    > Graham Hughes
    > MVP
    > www.simplydv.co.uk
    > www.dvds2treasure.com
    >
    > "D Fisher" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:0b1901c46e7a$0cb39e20$a301280a@phx.gbl...
    > > I am having the same problem but with asf and wmv files.
    > > the same spyware/.malware issues as well. HELP!!!
    > >
    > >
    > > >-----Original Message-----
    > > >Hi JR - I tried that and it keeps giving me the message :
    > > >
    > > >Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The file is
    > > either corrupt or the Player does not support the format
    > > you are trying to play.
    > > >
    > > >I've tried it with every avi file on my machine. My
    > > webcam can record videos - but again it won't play them
    > > back................
    > > >
    > > >Thanks
    > > >Andrew
    > > >
    > > >"JR" wrote:
    > > >
    > > >> Right click the .AVI file and select "Open With"
    > > >> Here select Windows Media Player and tick the mark
    > > next
    > > >> to "Always use this program..."
    > > >> >-----Original Message-----
    > > >> >Hi,
    > > >> >my laptop has just developed a problem with avi
    > > files -
    > > >> it won't play them. It keeps giving me the message :
    > > >> >
    > > >> >The specified file is invalid or the MCI device
    > > failed
    > > >> to open the video.
    > > >> >
    > > >> >All other file types play - mpeg, mp3 etc - but
    > > >> not .AVI
    > > >> >I've just had a problem with malware/spyware and may
    > > >> have deleted something I shouldn't have - I'm not
    > > >> sure.
    > > >> >Any ideas on what I need to do to overcome this
    > > problem.
    > > >> >
    > > >> >Thanks in advance
    > > >> >
    > > >> >Stereotongue
    > > >> >
    > > >> >.
    > > >> >
    > > >>
    > > >.
    > > >
    >
    >
    >
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    Apart from sending it to a sytems specialist to track down what you have
    removed either by accident or via the malware, it may be best to back up all
    your info and do a fresh install of Windows.
    Graham

    --
    Graham Hughes
    MVP
    www.simplydv.co.uk
    www.dvds2treasure.com
    "Stereotongue" <Stereotongue@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:594DF000-129D-4EF7-8482-3473CD129BE6@microsoft.com...
    > Hi,
    > I tried doing system restore - but every single date I try from the
    options it gives me says it was unable to permorm it and no changes have
    been made. All this after waiting 10 minutes for it to go through it's
    stuff. Any ideas why it won't do it ?
    > Then I tried doing a sytem recovery from the cd - it did the system
    recovery to what it claims is "the factory condidtion - without affecting
    any stored data" - and that's made no difference at all.....................
    > where do I go from here ?
    >
    > Cheers
    >
    > "Graham Hughes, MVP Digital Media" wrote:
    >
    > > try doing an xp repair, if not maybe a new installation may be easiest.
    > >
    > > --
    > > Graham Hughes
    > > MVP
    > > www.simplydv.co.uk
    > > www.dvds2treasure.com
    > >
    > > "D Fisher" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > > news:0b1901c46e7a$0cb39e20$a301280a@phx.gbl...
    > > > I am having the same problem but with asf and wmv files.
    > > > the same spyware/.malware issues as well. HELP!!!
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > >-----Original Message-----
    > > > >Hi JR - I tried that and it keeps giving me the message :
    > > > >
    > > > >Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The file is
    > > > either corrupt or the Player does not support the format
    > > > you are trying to play.
    > > > >
    > > > >I've tried it with every avi file on my machine. My
    > > > webcam can record videos - but again it won't play them
    > > > back................
    > > > >
    > > > >Thanks
    > > > >Andrew
    > > > >
    > > > >"JR" wrote:
    > > > >
    > > > >> Right click the .AVI file and select "Open With"
    > > > >> Here select Windows Media Player and tick the mark
    > > > next
    > > > >> to "Always use this program..."
    > > > >> >-----Original Message-----
    > > > >> >Hi,
    > > > >> >my laptop has just developed a problem with avi
    > > > files -
    > > > >> it won't play them. It keeps giving me the message :
    > > > >> >
    > > > >> >The specified file is invalid or the MCI device
    > > > failed
    > > > >> to open the video.
    > > > >> >
    > > > >> >All other file types play - mpeg, mp3 etc - but
    > > > >> not .AVI
    > > > >> >I've just had a problem with malware/spyware and may
    > > > >> have deleted something I shouldn't have - I'm not
    > > > >> sure.
    > > > >> >Any ideas on what I need to do to overcome this
    > > > problem.
    > > > >> >
    > > > >> >Thanks in advance
    > > > >> >
    > > > >> >Stereotongue
    > > > >> >
    > > > >> >.
    > > > >> >
    > > > >>
    > > > >.
    > > > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    Hi again
    Ok - thanks for the help - I'll start backing up asap.

    Cheers


    "Graham Hughes, MVP Digital Media" wrote:

    > Apart from sending it to a sytems specialist to track down what you have
    > removed either by accident or via the malware, it may be best to back up all
    > your info and do a fresh install of Windows.
    > Graham
    >
    > --
    > Graham Hughes
    > MVP
    > www.simplydv.co.uk
    > www.dvds2treasure.com
    > "Stereotongue" <Stereotongue@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:594DF000-129D-4EF7-8482-3473CD129BE6@microsoft.com...
    > > Hi,
    > > I tried doing system restore - but every single date I try from the
    > options it gives me says it was unable to permorm it and no changes have
    > been made. All this after waiting 10 minutes for it to go through it's
    > stuff. Any ideas why it won't do it ?
    > > Then I tried doing a sytem recovery from the cd - it did the system
    > recovery to what it claims is "the factory condidtion - without affecting
    > any stored data" - and that's made no difference at all.....................
    > > where do I go from here ?
    > >
    > > Cheers
    > >
    > > "Graham Hughes, MVP Digital Media" wrote:
    > >
    > > > try doing an xp repair, if not maybe a new installation may be easiest.
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > > Graham Hughes
    > > > MVP
    > > > www.simplydv.co.uk
    > > > www.dvds2treasure.com
    > > >
    > > > "D Fisher" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > > > news:0b1901c46e7a$0cb39e20$a301280a@phx.gbl...
    > > > > I am having the same problem but with asf and wmv files.
    > > > > the same spyware/.malware issues as well. HELP!!!
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > > >-----Original Message-----
    > > > > >Hi JR - I tried that and it keeps giving me the message :
    > > > > >
    > > > > >Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The file is
    > > > > either corrupt or the Player does not support the format
    > > > > you are trying to play.
    > > > > >
    > > > > >I've tried it with every avi file on my machine. My
    > > > > webcam can record videos - but again it won't play them
    > > > > back................
    > > > > >
    > > > > >Thanks
    > > > > >Andrew
    > > > > >
    > > > > >"JR" wrote:
    > > > > >
    > > > > >> Right click the .AVI file and select "Open With"
    > > > > >> Here select Windows Media Player and tick the mark
    > > > > next
    > > > > >> to "Always use this program..."
    > > > > >> >-----Original Message-----
    > > > > >> >Hi,
    > > > > >> >my laptop has just developed a problem with avi
    > > > > files -
    > > > > >> it won't play them. It keeps giving me the message :
    > > > > >> >
    > > > > >> >The specified file is invalid or the MCI device
    > > > > failed
    > > > > >> to open the video.
    > > > > >> >
    > > > > >> >All other file types play - mpeg, mp3 etc - but
    > > > > >> not .AVI
    > > > > >> >I've just had a problem with malware/spyware and may
    > > > > >> have deleted something I shouldn't have - I'm not
    > > > > >> sure.
    > > > > >> >Any ideas on what I need to do to overcome this
    > > > > problem.
    > > > > >> >
    > > > > >> >Thanks in advance
    > > > > >> >
    > > > > >> >Stereotongue
    > > > > >> >
    > > > > >> >.
    > > > > >> >
    > > > > >>
    > > > > >.
    > > > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    >
    >
    >
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