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30th Jul 03, 10:44 PM
Hey, I'm just curious to know whether one of you guys might know the answer to this problem I've been having. Certain mpegs of substantial length have been playing as if they were 1 minute long in Windows Media Player 9 and Winamp 3. They'll only play for a minute and then the video freezes, although the sound continues.
If I click somewhere on the progress bar, it will take me to that point in the video, but it will only play for the remainder of the 1-minute. For example: say I have a 6-minute mpeg and I click 2/3rds of the way down the progress bar. It will start playing from four minutes in, but it will only play for 20 seconds before it stops.
Does anyone have some good suggestions for how to fix this?
30th Jul 03, 10:48 PM
This should be in Technical Discussions. You're more likely to find someone who can help you there.
Customarily required info is OS version, SP version, and system specs too.
30th Jul 03, 10:58 PM
30th Jul 03, 11:43 PM
did you by chance install some sort of dvd playing trial software
31st Jul 03, 12:32 AM
No. The closest thing I could think of to that would be Divx 5.05 (or whatever the latest codec from them is).
31st Jul 03, 3:14 AM
I just installed directx 9.0 and all-new ati drivers for my radeon. It didn't help. I wonder what the problem is. I'm almost 100% sure it's some kind of driver issue.
31st Jul 03, 3:26 AM
Check the overlay settings, chances are the playback is happening but the video overlay is getting lost in the shuffle.
31st Jul 03, 4:43 AM
Moved to Technical Discussions.
31st Jul 03, 8:53 AM
It sounds to me like a codec issue. Basically your machine doesn't know what codec to use to play that video so is probably choosing the wrong one which doesn't playback the movie as well.
As you say only certain mpegs then it's one of 2 things, both of which are codec related.
Firstly, the movies keyframes could be very widely spaced which means the codec has to do a lot of interpolation between them, and some codecs dont like that so freeze.
Secondly, it could be the wrong codec that was selected to playback that movie.
Btw if it was an overlay problem this would occur straight away and not partway through the movie.
Do you use any codec packs? Do you have multiple DivX versions installed? Is the video codec for the mpegs similar?
31st Jul 03, 12:27 PM
do you have the nimo codec pack installed? because some of the codecs in that pack dont like the other codecs and the readme specifically states not to install them together. check that you haven't done this.
if you dont have the nimo codec pack, then im not helping you and ill just go over here and amuse myself for a while.
31st Jul 03, 12:33 PM
I have Dixv 5.05 and I don't have nimo. WMP says "connecting" every time i start one of these, I've noticed, so I think it's downloading the codec from somewhere. I almost always have problems when it does that. Does anyone know a codec I could download myself that might help?
1st Aug 03, 4:58 AM
What I'd recommend is that you DONT use WMP. Use something like Zoom Player instead. This will tell you straight off if you dont have a codec instead of screwing your system up like WMP.
DivX 5.05 is fine, but you should get the WMP8/9 codecs too (not the player, just the codecs).
Also, it's worth getting the Nimo pack just for the extra codecs you get - just only install 1 of the DivX codecs (or at most, 4 & 5) and only 1 subtitle program like VobSub.
Also, it's possible that all your codecs are messed up. If none of the above works, let us know and I'll find the page that tells you how to reset everything back to post-Windows installation.
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