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No video with media files

Recently I have had problems with video in windows media player, and real player. I've downloaded all kinds of codecs and other tools but still All I get is a blank screen. I have xp and installed a friends hard drive with her version of xp on it and everything worked fine. Can anyone help me find whhat I'm missing? Do I need another version of xp or what? Quick time does work if that helps anyone.

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Shaff, What Type Of Connection?

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Please give us a little more information. Which Service Pack for XP do you have installed? Are the video problems only when viewing videos online or does it also happen when viewing video files offline?

If you're using a dial-up connection and viewing videos on the net, it's very common for streaming video to be poor on WMP and RealPlayer. Because the data transfer is slow with dial-up, you'll frequently get the audio but not the video. Your solution that is to get a faster connection.

On the other hand, Quicktime pre-loads all the video BEFORE it plays it. It doesn't actually stream the video. As a result, although it takes a long time to download the video portion, it plays fine and looks good.

Hope this helps.


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In reply to: Shaff, What Type Of Connection?

My connection is cable. I can't view movie files on medai player real player, even have winamp installed and still no picture. I have tried different hard drives and have reformatted my pc a few times. I also tried a friends hard drive and that worked. Not sure if its my copy of windows or what the problem is but it seems no one has ever heard of this problem before. It just doesn't seem to make sense

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Then it's a QuickTime file

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QuickTime and RealPlayer both have their own proprietary formats that no other player is supposed to be able to play. And in fact, I only know of one such program that can play both, and I'm pretty sure I mentioned it earlier: Media Player Classic coupled with Real Alternative and QuickTime Alternative.

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In reply to: Then it's a QuickTime file

Yes for some reason I can see quick time files. I go to apples trailer website and have no problem at all. But any other kind of file wether its on or off line I have problems with.

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