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Windows 7: Problems with EVERY media player I try!

13 Oct 2011   #1
stevieray

windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 
Problems with EVERY media player I try!

I'm trying out different media players for watching my movies on my PC, and so far I am running into "issues" with every one I've tried.

VLC 1.1.11: Audio dropouts every 10 - 30 seconds on both .mkv and .mp4 files.
DivX Plus 8.1.3: Won't play about half of my .mkv files... works fine on the rest.
WMP12: Plays subtitles on .mkv files even though they're turned off.

Questions:
Anybody dealt with these issues successfully?
Is there a better media player that'll play both .mkv and .mp4 files "straight out of the box"?
Should I be using 3rd party codecs/decoders/processors with these players?
[In case you can't tell, I'm new to using my PC as a media center.]

Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks!


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13 Oct 2011   #2
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

give shark007 codecs a try ,if that wont do it then try scf/scannow then try shark007 again.

Shark007's FREE Codec solutions - Windows 7 codecs

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker - Windows 7 Forums
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13 Oct 2011   #3
stevieray

windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks boohbah.

I ran sfc /scannow, installed Shark007 codecs, associated all files in shark's settings. WMP still shows subtitles on all .mkv files even though they are set disabled (.m4v work fine).

VLC player still has audio dropouts, and its debugger says:
Code:
main debug: control type=1
main warning: computed PTS is out of range (17981334), clearing out
main warning: output PTS is out of range (18066667), clearing out
main debug: audio output is starving (378000), playing silence
waveout warning: aout_OutputNextBuffer no buffer got next_date=1772608 ms, 0 frames to play, starving? 1, waiting...
It gives me messages like that over and over again. I thought it might be because the .mkv files were on a separate HD, so I copies a few over to the C drive. Still does it.

DivX still won't play some of the .mkv files.
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13 Oct 2011   #4
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I don't like VLC either, try Media Player Classic - Home Cinema - Video Player I have used this with and without FFD Show with great success. Infact, I cant remember the last time I found a video it didn't play!

It looks real old skool and that's because the work has been done behind the scenes, not on pretty buttons.

Oh and do you know that the .mkv subs are from file and not in the video source?
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13 Oct 2011   #5
Shark007

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Anything from DivX will cause problems on your PC.

Remove DivX, remove and re-install the Shark007 codecs.
I linked to MajorGeeks above because I just made a new release today.
I also noticed you have an 64bit OS - you will also need the x64Components addon.

After installation, run the both Settings App(s) using a rightclick and choose, Run as Administrator
then go to the Help TAB and use the Button to Associate filetypes to the Windows players

If you do not want Subs, go to the Config TAB and select 'No Subtitles'
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13 Oct 2011   #6
stevieray

windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sub Styler View Post
I don't like VLC either, try Media Player Classic - Home Cinema - Video Player I have used this with and without FFD Show with great success. Infact, I cant remember the last time I found a video it didn't play!

It looks real old skool and that's because the work has been done behind the scenes, not on pretty buttons.

Oh and do you know that the .mkv subs are from file and not in the video source?
Thanks for the info. I might try classic; I saw quite a few people recommend it when I was googling around about these problems.

I assume the subtitles are separate... when I play those files in vlc I can turn them on/off. If not, I guess I'll be learning about muxing (I don't even know what that means!)
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13 Oct 2011   #7
stevieray

windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shark007 View Post
Anything from DivX will cause problems on your PC.

Remove DivX, remove and re-install the Shark007 codecs.
I linked to MajorGeeks above because I just made a new release today.
I also noticed you have an 64bit OS - you will also need the x64Components addon.

After installation, run the both Settings App(s) using a rightclick and choose, Run as Administrator
then go to the Help TAB and use the Button to Associate filetypes to the Windows players

If you do not want Subs, go to the Config TAB and select 'No Subtitles'
Ahhh... I saw that x64 stuff on your site. I wasn't sure if it referred to the OS or the only the player itself (mine is x86). Will these codecs work with the WMP classic? I might switch to that one.
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13 Oct 2011   #8
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

I use Winamp for audio files only, as it is a pain if used for video files. My fav is as above Media Player Classic HC and its set as default for all files. Still to find what it can't play, NO codecs installed.
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13 Oct 2011   #9
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Roadrunner! you app copy cat! That's the way I run this ship, winamp for all audio, MPC for all video! Winamp was ok for video untill about 2002 and then too many formats arrived for nullsoft to keep up with.
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13 Oct 2011   #10
stevieray

windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Woohoo! Victory! Every type of video plays, and plays well. Thanks everybody!
WMP classic + Shark007 codecs - DivX = Movie night
Time to make the popcorn.
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