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All video players crash sometimes when seeking

A few months ago I started having a problem with all my video players. Windows Media, Quicktime, Realaudio, etc. On certain vids, if I try and use the seek bar, or fastforward/rewind buttons, the player crashes. It plays fine, but 99 percent of the time crashes when I try and seek. This is usually vids that I get from sites like rapidshare. I noticed one vid I had I tried to watch today, which worked fine when I got it, crashed. It was from a torrent site I think.

The only possible info. I got, is once when I sent an error report, the message indicated a possible codex problem, and that they are aware of it and trying to fix it. Well, it's been months.... I'm not sure how accurate the report was.

I use Windows xp serv pack 3.

If you need any specific info. about my system let me know what, and I post if I know how to find it. Thanks.

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Re: video problems

Most likely, it's a problem with that video's not with the players. If you don't believe that, copy a few to your USB-stick and try the same on another PC.
If so, just don't do it.


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Strange how this never occurred til a few months back. I never had the problems like this before, and was doing the same thing even years ago.

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Oh, and the one vid that I downloaded a long time ago, didn't used to have the problem I'm now having. So if it's the vids, I wonder why that one worked long ago but now doesn't?

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That's strange.

Even more reason to compare the behavior of those files on YOUR machine with the behavior on ANOTHER machine. That's easy, isn't it?

Then, while on that other machine, copy a few (correctly working) videos from there to your USB-stick and try those on your machine.

The results show where to look. No need to guess now.


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No, not easy. I do not own another computer, don't know how to network computers anyway. I'll wait and see what others recommend or if they know what's going on.

I do have a question for you though. Can you give me some theoretical examples of how the file which worked, got corrupted? I haven't touched the file in months, but did so recently to test it. My question isn't rhetorical btw.

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You might have ...

friends, family, work, school with a PC to play a video and scroll through it?

If the file doesn't show it's changed (check the modification date) it's not changed. That would point to your PC as the culprit, indeed. But before doing things like a clean install of your OS, I'd really do some experiments with another PC.


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Windows Media player

Yesterday I was trying to uninstall Windows Media player, and reinstall another version and I kept getting a message indicating "It is not possible to uninstall Windows Media PLayer 11 because folders require for the uninstall have been deleted. Oops, I guess? Wonder if that has something to do with my prob? Anyone know how to fix this so I can uninstall? Thanks.

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Coded problems are legendary.

And not fixable by us. Why? We don't write codecs here.

But there may be help. Try VLC PLAYER because it's fairly crash free. If it does crash then I look at video drivers and the machine.

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