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Windows media player can only go so far when it searches for codecs.

If Windows media player is unable to find a codec than all it can say is "error finding codec". Playing movies on the computer is becoming a hassle now and I don't know what kinda codec the avi/mpg/mpeg file needs. Is there a way around this?? Perhaps a universal codec patch where you get all the video codecs that there is??

Is there a better site than divx.com where I can find video codecs??
 

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i suggest you download ffdshow (just make a simple google search and youll find it) and install that.
it gives me the best results :) all your files should play perfectly after that
 

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of course is there a universal audio/video codec , go and code one or try to force to use people to use just one ;)
on the other hand you could use for example Gspot:
http://www.headbands.com/gspot/download.html
drag your file you cannont play in there read the needed information get your codec.
and try using media player classic its imo advanced and very good :)
http://sourceforge.net/projects/guliverkli
in most cases you "only" need the newest version of a codec of one of those:
divx 5.X
xvid 1.X
Quicktime
real
Windows Media
covering those should help you , i think ;)
if not... say so ;)
wbr Shin Gouki
 

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Basicaly, in order to play any non-exotic file, you need:
Media Player Classic
OGG Directshow Filter
FFDShow
Real Alternative
Quicktime Alternative

The WMV codecs come with the later versions of WMP.
 

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If all else fails, try the K-Lite codec pack. Older versions caused a lot of trouble, but I haven't had any problems with the latest version.
 

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Kane-Sama said:
Basicaly, in order to play any non-exotic file, you need:
Media Player Classic
OGG Directshow Filter
FFDShow
Real Alternative
Quicktime Alternative

The WMV codecs come with the later versions of WMP.
That's exactly the way to go... no codec pack or whatsoever needed. Plus you also get a nice encoder with ffdshow.
 
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