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watching movies on computer

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by Gasper, Dec 12, 2001.

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  1. Gasper

    Gasper Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    how can I watch movies that have been burned onto a disk. Someone told me to use Mediaplayer that came with my computer but I get sound with no picture. For picture all I get is those crazy lines that change colour and shape. And the only way I get sound is by the computer dialing out, where I don't know.
    Yours truly
    Gasper
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  2. Herbie

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    Gasper, if you are trying to watch a movie in any of the mpg, avi, or divX formats, all you really need to do is scan the web for video codec's required to play them. First go to moviecodec.com and read up a little about video codec's. There are plenty of downloads that will install the video and audio codec's you'll need.
    If you still have trouble, let me know. herbie
     
  3. beach51

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    Hi Gasper,you say the computer is dailing out but you dont know where to.Sounds like some spyware componnet calling home.Lets have a look at your startup programs.Go to Start>Run>type in
    Msinfo32,click ok,click on the + sign next to software environment,
    click on startup programs,click edit,select all,click edit,copy,and paste the page back here.
     
  4. Ratfood

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    Gasper , your computer is probably dialing out because when media player needs a certain codec to play a movie it automatically goes to microsoft.com and tries to download it. If your trying to watch a movie file and its only showing the "lines that change color" then its because you don't have the correct video codec to watch that movie.... I hate to sound like a broken record here but if you get the kristal codec pack then 99.5% of all your codec issues will be solved. You can get it here....http://screw.wz.cz/test/codecs.htm

    Once youu install te codec, windows media player will work fine, although its quite a resource hog. I personally use zoom player which you can find by doing a search in google. The controls are easier to use, and it takes a lot less resources (important to me cause my computer is old & slow).
     
  5. Herbie

    Herbie

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    Ratford,
    I believe you are correct about Gaspard's problem. I too, have had a dislike for media player 7 and have been using version 6 cause it doesn't use up so much memory. But now I have tried zoom, and boy do I like it...........thanks for the tip... Herbie
     
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