error: "inappropriate decompressor"

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Gina, Apr 3, 2004.

  1. Gina

    Gina Guest

    Hi I'm fairly computer illiterate,but here goes. Through my outlook express I've tried to click on an attachment that brings up the media player. Next comes a message saying "Unable to download appropriate decompressor". Any suggestions? I've downloaded the latest media 9 series with no advail to this problem.
     
    Gina, Apr 3, 2004
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  2. Error 80040200 or "Unable to download an appropriate decompressor/Error
    downloading codec" will generally happen when playing an AVI encoded with a
    third party (non-Microsoft) codec. Might doesn't keep these codec's on
    there server's for WMP to download for you, so you have to go download and
    install it.

    So, for AVI's...
    A DirecShow decoding filter such as FFDShow will decrease the problems you
    could run into with codec problems. FFDshow will decode XviD, DivX 3/4/5,
    3IVX, and has support for many other codec's. It can be downloaded at
    http://tinyurl.com/2snnx. (Download ffdshow-20020617.exe and then run it's
    installer)

    If you just wish to install the individual codec's for your specific video
    or FFDShow doesnt support the codec for you file please do the following.
    - Download and use GSpot (http://tinyurl.com/328cp)
    - Run the installer, open GSpot, goto File>>Open.
    - Look for the 4CC code for the file's Video Codec
    - http://tinyurl.com/262go will help you.
    (Or post the information back here and I can help)

    This can also happen for other file types also. If you get it while trying
    to view a Windows Media file, (WMV, WMA, Etc) it is likely you don't have
    WMP set to download the codec's for you. To enable this feature goto
    Tools>>Options>>Check "Download Codec's Automatically"

    If you get it for an MPEG/MPG file it is very likely the MPEG/MPG is encoded
    with MPEG-2 as opposed to MPEG-1. MPEG-2 isn't a free codec, so you will
    need to purchase and MPEG-2/DVD decoder to view that media. (SVCD's are also
    MPEG-2) http://tinyurl.com/2njf6 cover's decoder's and the licensing behind
    them.

    --
    Chris Lanier
    Microsoft MVP - Digital Media
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    express I've tried to click on an attachment that brings up the media
    player. Next comes a message saying "Unable to download appropriate
    decompressor". Any suggestions? I've downloaded the latest media 9 series
    with no advail to this problem.
     
    Chris Lanier [MVP], Apr 4, 2004
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