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Missing Codec

by jerrywh1 / July 11, 2012 5:10 AM PDT

XP, service pak 3. When I try to use Windows Media Player 9, I get a message stating that I'm missing a codec in spite of the fact that when the Media player screen opens I see in the lower left hand part of the the sceen it says "codec aquired. Any ideas?

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Just one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 11, 2012 5:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Missing Codec

Or two.

But first the issue of codec hell is not going away so here's the usual player and a tool

1. VLC Player -> Go get that!

2. MEDIA INFO -> Helps you find the codec.

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just one
by jerrywh1 / July 11, 2012 12:26 PM PDT
In reply to: Just one.

Thank Bob,
I downloaded and installed the codec, and tried the VLC player, but the plot thicken's. While I no longer get the "missing codec message," I discovered the computer has no audio at all. This mess started when I was looking for a virus. I was able to find and remove the virus (actually 3 malware issues) but in the process I wiped out the audio. I built this machine a number of years ago. The motherboard is a Asus Intel Socket 775 P5LD2-VM SE, and it has on board audio (Real Tek HD ). I found and down loaded the audio driver and apparently installed it, but I still get no sound from the computer. I used Malwarebytes to find the malware, and ran PC Tools Registry Mechanic in the process of removing the malware. I had to run "regedit" and change the registry because the CD Drive wouldn't show up when I went "My Computer." Sorry to be so long winded, but I want to pass on all the information possible.

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Audio issues with no make/model?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 11, 2012 2:47 PM PDT
In reply to: just one

I see a motherboard but find folk hard pressed to fix audio issues. For example some audio drivers require us to install MSUAA first then the driver.

I can't guess if this board required that. That detail should be in your PC's cheatsheet or manual.

Then again one person had over 100 posts and cured it by plugging the audio out to the motherboard rather than the case. And another had "speakers" but no "amplified speakers."

In other words, the list can get too long. But a parting comment.

Repairing Windows can take longer than installing it fresh. Be sure to call it quits sooner than later.

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