WMP9 and MP3 files (can't play them, but mediaplayer classic can)

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by 98 Guy, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. 98 Guy

    98 Guy Guest

    I've been messing with Exact Audio Copy on a win-98 machine.

    I've extracted a wav file from a CD, and had EAC compress it to an MP3
    using (I think) the LAME compressor.

    WMP9 can't play the MP3 file, but Media Player Classic (MPC) can.

    I then went and found something like "L-Lite mega codec pack" (17 mb
    file) and installed it.

    After installing it, WMP9 still can't play the mp3 file in question,
    but now MPC can't play it either.

    WTF is going on?

    What does it take to have WMP (and now MPC) play a G-D mp3 file?
    98 Guy, Feb 20, 2008
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    98 Guy Guest

    Correction: K-lite mega codec pack.
    98 Guy, Feb 20, 2008
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    98 Guy Guest

    I uninstalled the K-lite codec pack and MPC regained it's ability to
    play the mp3 file in question - but WMP still couldn't play the file.
    I renamed ALL my l3codec?.acm files to .bak and MPC could _still_ play
    the file in question. (?)
    I followed those instructions but got nowhere. They seem to be for
    WMP10 on XP. I'm dealing with WMP9 on Win-98.

    I followed the instructions on this page:


    Basically, I needed l3codecp.acm and the associated win-98 inf file
    crafted from the above page.

    I apparently had the "pirated" version of l3codecp.acm and either it
    wasn't installed properly or it just plain doesn't work.

    WMP9 ->CAN<- now play the file in question.

    Thanks for the help just the same.
    98 Guy, Feb 21, 2008
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    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    MPC doesn't use l3codec?.acm, which is why you saw that aberration. That
    should be going through AVSynch, IIRC.

    There's a variety of bogus FhG (l3codec?.acm) codecs floating around the
    net - if you installed a random package like K-Lite, it could have done
    anything, sadly.

    Generally really really current versions of K-Lite should be more OK.
    Anything over three months old, though, can cause all sorts of "fun"
    zachd [MSFT], Feb 23, 2008
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    98 Guy Guest


    So any ideas why K-lite screwed up MPC then?
    98 Guy, Feb 24, 2008
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    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    I could guess, but I don't think that's of value. I'm sure the MPC team
    could comment much more effectively on that front.

    I've pointed out repeatedly that K-Lite has done some pretty nasty / bad
    things over the years, so what you saw doesn't come as any surprise to me at
    least. =\
    zachd [MSFT], Feb 24, 2008
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