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by tski108 / October 10, 2005 9:12 AM PDT

i have ''media player classic'' and it used to work on my computer (windows 98) but i had to reformat my drive and now it wont work. when i try to open it it says ''the MPLAYERC.EXE file is linked to missing export DDRAW.DLL: DirectDrawCreateEx.'' i tried downloading the ddraw.dll file and replacing it but when i try to it says i cant overwrite the existing one because its in use...any suggestions?

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When I see that message....
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2005 9:47 AM PDT

I update Directx and possibly the video card drivers. I've never had luck replacing the noted DLL.


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does "reformat" mean fresh install, or...
by reefurbb / October 10, 2005 10:35 PM PDT

copy over from a backup?
Active files including mscvrt.dll and others, won't copy over except as 0 byte files.
Start-Run-SFC for system file checker, allows you to search for deleted-missing-changed files, if you click on "advanced" and click on those option as well as the suboption of "include subfolders", the deafult being for corrupted files only. Note: check additionally for "deleted" files only, not "changed" as it will prompt you about all changed files as a result of updating I.E.5. SFC will allow you to "restore" missing-corrupted files, even active ones.
On a fresh install, after updates and adding what I want, I run SFC and hit "update info for all changed files" to bring it up to date. Then I have an easy time seeing future changes.
any exe file is not active (unless in use)and can be overwritten without SFC.
Or you can download WMP 7. (I don't like 9, had problems)
Or Proffitt's route of DirectX 8.1 will also work and should be added anyhow.

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