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MM System 281

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by lucievp, Jan 11, 2003.

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  1. lucievp

    lucievp Thread Starter

    Jan 11, 2003
    I recently started getting this error message when I try to install new exe files. For expamle - I download a screensaver and save it to my hard drive. I then go to install it and it starts the installation wizard it gets all the way to the end and then the mplayer opens and I get this message "MM SYSTEM 281 This file could not be played. Check the filename or install a driver that supports this type of file." I used to do this all the time. Why am I now having problems? Sometimes it also tells me to insert diskette and my floppy drive starts running and will not stoop unless I shut off my computer. Oh sorry - I am running Windows 98. Please help I am so frustrated.
  2. jmatt


    Apr 7, 2000
    Go back to a good copy of the registry .

    Toggle F8 ( when , verifying DMI pool message comes on ) or Press
    Ctrl during bootup , depends on your computer .

    Select , Safe mode Command prompt

    After the C prompt , type , scanreg /restore

    Follow the prompts and select a registry dated prior to the problems .

    This article describes how to restore a backup copy of the Windows 98
    or Windows Millennium Edition (Me) registry
    scanreg /restore
    http://support.microsoft.com/suppor... restore&rnk=3&src=DHCS_MSPSS_gn_SRCH&SPR=W98

    Start the System Restore Tool from a Command Prompt in Windows XP (Q304449)

    Restore Operation Failed (Q220878)
    The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft Windows 98
    Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
  3. Styxx

    Styxx Banned

    Sep 8, 2001
    If the downlosad is supposed to be screen saver but starts up a Media player it was not a screen saver download.

    Just in case:

    Update your antivirus, temporarily disable your screen saver (choose None) and scan with your anti-virus set to scan All Files. Update and scan bi-monthly.

    You can scan on-line to double-check your Windows scanner at http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

    *** Mandatory (get a firewall of any brand) - Get free Sygate personal firewall anti-hacker countermeasure from http://www.sygate.com. 'Don't let anything out to the Internet you don't know what it is.' Also please see http://www.firewallguide.com/ for more information on why all on-line home computers should be firewall enabled.
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