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Anonymous
July 19, 2004 5:29:03 PM

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

More about : play avi files

July 19, 2004 6:03:31 PM

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
>
>.
>
Anonymous
July 20, 2004 5:27:03 AM

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
> >
> >.
> >
>
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Anonymous
July 20, 2004 1:53:15 PM

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
>> >
>> >.
>> >
>>
>.
>
Anonymous
July 20, 2004 10:57:20 PM

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
> >> >
> >> >.
> >> >
> >>
> >.
> >
Anonymous
July 21, 2004 8:19:02 AM

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
> > >> >
> > >> >.
> > >> >
> > >>
> > >.
> > >
>
>
>
Anonymous
July 21, 2004 8:23:02 AM

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
> > >> >
> > >> >.
> > >> >
> > >>
> > >.
> > >
>
>
>
Anonymous
July 21, 2004 10:51:49 PM

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
> > > >> >
> > > >> >.
> > > >> >
> > > >>
> > > >.
> > > >
> >
> >
> >
Anonymous
July 21, 2004 10:51:50 PM

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
> > > > >> >
> > > > >> >.
> > > > >> >
> > > > >>
> > > > >.
> > > > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
>
>
>
!