Solved: Mp9 chokes on audio-video interleaved files

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These are Mpeg-2 encoded videos, with the AC97 codec for sound.
The non-interleaved files (straight mpegs) open fine, but the avi's
set an error flag in WMP. Stranger still, is the fact that I can ignore the
error dialog, and send it to the back, and the movie plays just fine,
but with quite a few dropped frames toward the end.

This just started happening today, and it's got me baffled.

here's a typical screenshot:



I have already removed and reinstalled WMP, and reinstalled the directx
drivers for IE 6. I also used WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage), did a
security update, followed by a complete virus scan using Avast!

I'm about ready to format and reinstall everything in Windows 2000...
this is getting ridiculous.

[update:]
I've got a hunch.
I'm gonna run chkdsk -f, then reinstall my video card drivers.

I'll post the results back here, later.

Another thought:
I just installed Winamp this morning,
then the problem started. Weird.

Coincidence?

Any ideas?

[update]

I'm about to give up, and reinstall Win2k.
The files play fine when I roll back to WMP v6.4,
but with v9 installed, certain avi's generate the error above.

Reinstalling WMP and Winamp don't help.

Chkdsk /f at boot time is clean, and I scanned for trojans and viruses with
both Spybot SD and Avast!, to no avail.

I'm supposed to be the "neighborhood guru", and I can't figure
this one out, to save my life.

A machine in the next room runs Win2k exclusively, so as soon as
practical, without waking anybody, I'll see if the offending files will
play on that box, using WMP v9.

But I still can't believe my system files are hosed. I just did a clean
install of Win2k on this box less than a month ago, too.

[UPDATE:]

It was a software conflict.
I uninstalled all the Windows Updates, and that didn't work,
so, I uninstalled Winamp and reinstalled WMP v9, and now,
it works!

If that's not the darndest thing... But the latest Winamp (v5.x)
is a lousy peice of bloatware, anyway, not to mention a resource hog.
I don't really need it, since both WMP and older versions of Winamp
play audio files just fine. I think I have an old of copy of Winamp v2.x.
I'll try that, if all else fails.
 
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