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Old Nov 18, 2002, 03:34 PM
cypher cypher is offline
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Angry m$ media player - downloading codec

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Please help me, I use media player 6.4 because I heard the later versions restrict certain activities, and also because that's the one on the divx digest site.

I've been using the damn thing with no problems for ages, until recently, whenever I try and play a file it says "downloading required codec", then "your security settings do not allow the compressor to be installed", or something very similar. It keeps trying to get the m$ mpeg 4 codec when I think that's already installed though I'm not sure.

Does anyone know what the hell is going on here? I'm very pi$$ed off because it does this $hit every time I play a file.

Is media player 7 better? I heard you can't save files from sites with that, or something similar.

Bsically I'd like to keep using 6.4 but it's gone nuts................

I'd really appreciate any help, please help if you know what's going on here, Believe me I tried a lot already (including installing the player again,etc).

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Old Nov 18, 2002, 03:41 PM
noamkrief noamkrief is offline
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Windows media player 7 is better, if you got a fast computer.
I tend to stay away from Windows Media player.
Mp3 - i use winamp
Divx and AVi movies i use the divx player
Or Gdivx at which will play divx movies smoothly even on a sloww computer.

If you got anything faster than a 400mhz computer i would just get windows media player 7.1 if you are stuck on windows mdeia player.
You will still need codecs for some avi and divx movies, but if you download the divx bundle from it will attach the codecs to windows media player as well...
When you go to make sure you download the FREE version but not the FREE PRO version. the Pro version that is free has spyware..

Hope this helps.

And by the way, windows media player 6.4 sucks. It's okay for mp3s but i've tried having it automatically download codecs. It never does it right. Allways gives an error.
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Old Nov 18, 2002, 09:01 PM
celtic_druid celtic_druid is offline
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Location: Melbourne,Vic,Australia
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Windows media player 6.4 kicks v7's ***.

You might also want to check out: ********

Also ******** can playback all DivX, MS Mpeg4, XviD, etc. So no need to install DivX, MSMPEG4, etc. unless you want to encode using it or require the VFW version of the codecs.
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