windows media 10 player, what a piece of crap!

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by c, Oct 4, 2004.

  1. c

    c Guest

    Wow. Did they even test this software?

    Just installed last night and already switched back to musicmatch jukebox.

    First tried to play a DVD and it crashed saying windows media has
    encountered an error.

    Then tried playing my mp3s and it skipped over 3 perfectly fine mp3s with
    error saying "doesn't support that codec"!!! Huh? It's a damned mp3 file! It
    was able to play other mp3s though.

    c
     
    c, Oct 4, 2004
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  2. Hmmm. Sounds like a problem with your DVD decoder, because WMP is just a
    front-end for playback. You gave no info about these MP3's. Did you even
    think about that? Wow
     
    Chris Lanier [MVP], Oct 4, 2004
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  3. c

    c Guest

    Chris L,

    um, sorry, thought it would play the DVD stand-alone. Me bad.

    Not much to say about the failed mp3s, other than they play fine with
    Musicmatch and RealAudio players. And worked fine with wmp 9.0.

    I can send you a sample if you like?

    c
     
    c, Oct 4, 2004
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  4. c

    zachd [ms] Guest

    As regards MP3, sounds like you had a broken MP3 decoder install on your
    system. For some reason, some numbskull codec packs appear to be installing
    woefully incorrectly "their" version of the FhG codec. The fix is
    relatively simple, but your system would already have been in a bad state
    previous to WMP10: WMP10 just exposes the problem. =\

    What's the value of
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Windows NT\CurrentVersions\Drivers32,
    msacm.l3acm
    ?
    What files beginning with "l3codec" are in your system32 directory?

    -Zach
    --
    (speaking for myself and doing this in my free time)
    See http://www.zachd.com/pss/pss.html for some helpful WMP info.
    Following up to your post with the resolution is good netiquette.
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Now Playing: "Nickel Plated Man" by "Eleni Mandell" in Windows Media Player
    10.
     
    zachd [ms], Oct 4, 2004
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  5. c

    c Guest

    zach, I don't have a Windows NT entry under software.

    No 13codec files in system32 either.

    But why would musicmatch and realaudio be able to play these without issue?
    Does each player install its own codecs, or do they share?

    c
     
    c, Oct 4, 2004
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  6. Chris Lanier [MVP], Oct 4, 2004
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    c Guest

    followed directions on web site, after this part WMP is not figuring out
    that it needs to update itself:

    Goto C:\Windows\System32\l3codeca.acm and rename the file to l3codeca.bak.
    Then open WMP and go to Help>>Check for Updates.

    I lied to you in previous post, was looking for number 13 instead of l3
    codec (with an L).

    Here are the l3codec files from system32:

    l3codeca.acm
    l3codebp.acm
    l3codecx.acm
    l3codecx.ax

    c
     
    c, Oct 4, 2004
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  8. Thanks! l3codebp.acm is l3codecp.acm, right? What version number (Right
    click>>Properties)

    Anyway, right click on l3codecx.acm, what is the verstion number and/or
    copyright date on it? I'm just interested.

    Running regsvr32.exe /u l3codecx.acm should be good. *Then* follow the
    steps on that webpage again.
     
    Chris Lanier [MVP], Oct 4, 2004
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  9. c

    c Guest

    yes, codecp, version 3.3.0.44.

    renamed both codecz and codecp to .bak extension, but still WMP doesn't
    recognize that it needs to update itself.

    Should I just uninstall it all together then, then ?

    chris
     
    c, Oct 4, 2004
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  10. Please answer what was asked. :\
     
    Chris Lanier [MVP], Oct 4, 2004
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  11. c

    c Guest

    Chris

    I did answer your question, read my response again and you'll find it:
    You say run regsvr then follow steps on web page. The web page DOES say to
    rename the file. Read it again if you please,
    http://msmvps.com/chrisl/articles/10723.aspx

    If you'd read MY response you'd see that no matter which file I rename, WMP
    doesn't recognize that it should update itself.

    This feels like a wild goose chase.

    c
     
    c, Oct 5, 2004
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  12. Okay....

    I don't want the version number of P, as noted.

    I have no idea if you did that, becuase you keep talking about P, I'm
    talking about X
     
    Chris Lanier [MVP], Oct 6, 2004
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  13. c

    c Guest

    chris,

    sorry, missed your comments in stars.

    l3codecx.acm version is 1.9.0.401

    I tried uninstalling WMP10, and was planning on doing "check for updates"
    from WMP9 to get 10 again, but it responded with "there are no available
    updates". I suspect Microsoft holding back on pushing the 10 update until
    they figure out all of these issues the group seems to be seeing?

    thanks.

    c
     
    c, Oct 6, 2004
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  14. I see few reference to that build, but that's what's screw it up.

    Follow these steps directly.

    1.
    Start>>Run>>Type "regsvr32.exe /u l3codecx.acm" (Do it again if you have
    already done it in the past)

    2.
    Open regedit and navigate to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\WindowsNT\CurrentVersions\Drivers32 again.
    Click on the Driver32 folder and in the contents windows right click, select
    new>>String Value. Change "New Value #" to "msacm.l3acm". Double click
    what you just added and add the value of "C:\WINDOWS\system32\l3codeca.acm"

    3.
    Goto Start>>Run>>Type "regsvr32.exe l3codeca.acm" (Do it again if you have
    already done it in the past)

    4.
    Reboot.

    5.
    See what WMP produces now. From what I see on the web, msacm.l3acm would
    have had the value for l3codecx.acm, which WMP will not use.
     
    Chris Lanier [MVP], Oct 6, 2004
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  15. c

    c Guest

    Chris,

    followed these steps directly (Note, add Microsoft to the regedit path as
    follows):
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersions\Drivers32

    re-boot, and still can't play the affected mp3s.

    c

    Keep in mind I'm now back to WMP 9.
     
    c, Oct 7, 2004
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    zachd [ms] Guest

    That should be HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows
    NT\CurrentVersion\Drivers32 , actually. My bad: I forgot the Microsoft bit.

    -Z
    --
    (speaking for myself and doing this in my free time)
    See http://www.zachd.com/pss/pss.html for some helpful WMP info.
    Following up to your post with the resolution is good netiquette.
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Windows Media Player 10.
     
    zachd [ms], Oct 7, 2004
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