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Still can't find secret to viewing mov., avi, etc.

I have an HP laptop running Windows 7 home version which I understand has WMP12 built in? I am not particular about what media player I use and WMP is fine and fairly simple. However, I can't seem to ever view certain clips. When I had my XP system I couldn't either.

I view some sites that have qt, mov, avi, mp4, etc. in a host of formats all at the same site but I can only view mpg. Otherwise I get errors.

I have downloaded ffdshow (something like that), all kinds of codec packs full version and lite but when I go to play the mov or avi in WMP it will not work.

Is there any suggestion? I hear a lot about VLC viewer and have tried it with XP as well as others and had the same problem. Is there some simpler suggestion to a program that will play whatever format is being offered?

Thank you.

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Maybe your player is missing some codecs.
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What's Simpler Than VLC Media Player?

It's free... It should open/play all the file extensions you've mentioned.....AND It works on Windows 7 too...

Hope this helps.


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Is this only in web sites?

You mentioned sites.

If it is only in web sites then I would bet it is your Adobe Flash player that is the problem. Most web sites stream videos in Flash format now.


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