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Solved: Problem playing videos

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by Robert1, Jan 25, 2011.

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  1. Robert1

    Robert1 Thread Starter

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    Friends have been sending me attachments to my email which I'm told are videos. At any rate an icon displaying a red and white striped cone appears in the attachment window beside the title of the video. When I try to activate this attachment I get a message : 'Do you want to open this file?'

    When I click on the Open button, I get another message : 'This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel.' When I click on 'OK' this message disappears.

    I went to the Folder Options in the Control Panel. When I bring up the Folder Options screen, I have a number of folder options - I note that in the folder for 'File Types' the icon I mention above appears a number of times in a long list of items - but though I've been doing a lot of trial and error stuff in this screen, I still haven't been able to activate the videos.

    If someone could tell me how to make the association mentioned above I would much appreciate it.

    My operating system is XP and I am working with an MDG VisionBook laptop.

    Thank you kindly,
    Robert
     
  2. oknaru

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    what is the file extention it is showing .....if it is dat file ....go to media player open it go to file and try to open..
     
  3. Robert1

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    No dat files ; one is .mp4, and another is .wmv, but most are .mov files.

    Robert
     
  4. oknaru

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    Try Realplayer , u will be able to open the MOV files in Realplayer
     
  5. stantley

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    That icon is for VLC Media Player. Do you still have VLC installed? If not, I would reinstall it because VLC will play all of those formats you mentioned.

    If you do have VLC installed read the section on "How to associate media files to VLC" here: http://wiki.videolan.org/Windows
     
  6. Robert1

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    To all who replied, thank you kindly. I finally solved the problem - they are in fact VLC files (as Stantley mentions). The issue is that in order to play them they have to be on the desktop - they won't play directly from the email program. I discovered this when I called my son about the problem - he is more into computers than I am. When I saved them to the desktop and clicked on them, VLC came up and played them without a problem. I don't recall ever having installed VLC, but in any case it was already there for me when I needed it!

    Thanks again to all who responded,
    Robert
     
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