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Windows 7: Windows Media Player 12 Sucks Eggs

21 Nov 2011   #151

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Support for the v2.4 is limited, both in hardware players and software players......v2.3 is supported just about everywhere though. My best suggestion though, is simply don't use WMP. There are a number of other programs that work much better.

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21 Nov 2011   #152

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bdwright77 View Post
Here's my situation, and I'm hoping you guys might be able to help.

I've turned Media Center and WMP12 on and off several times in the control panel so that I've essentially reinstalled each two or three times, at least. I've deleted the database for WMP12 many more times than that.

Even without any media folders specified, Windows troubleshooter indicates that my library is corrupted and my configuration settings are incorrect.

I stumbled upon the information in troubleshooter while trying to resolve an issue where the spinning circle cursor would constantly spin after launching WMP12. Scrolling would be jerky, at best, often pausing several seconds before WMP12 would become responsive again. At times, no audio would play either, although the timing bar would move and all other signs indicated that a track was playing.

Does anyone have any suggestions beyond what I've done already?

I've converted my ID3 tags to v2.2, v2.3, and v2.4 to test if that was the issue (after backing everything up). It doesn't seem to have helped, but I do think WMP12 has a difficult time with 2.3 and above.

Anyway, thanks for any help you can offer.
Quoting to bring this to the next page, but responding to the above:

I am fine using something else, but I think the issue also impacts Media Center's performance, and I do use it quite often (photo and music playlists, etc.). I was hoping I could find a solution that would end up solving both my WMP12 and WMC problems.
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21 Nov 2011   #153

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bdwright77 View Post
Quoting to bring this to the next page, but responding to the above:

I am fine using something else, but I think the issue also impacts Media Center's performance, and I do use it quite often (photo and music playlists, etc.). I was hoping I could find a solution that would end up solving both my WMP12 and WMC problems.
I wish you luck then in your quest for a solution. (I don't use WMC either)
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21 Nov 2011   #154

Windows 7
 
 

Well I'll cross my fingers someone might have a suggestion, or I'll just be SOL.
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22 Nov 2011   #155

Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bdwright77 View Post
Even without any media folders specified, Windows troubleshooter indicates that my library is corrupted and my configuration settings are incorrect.
In my experience, the Windows troubleshooter can easily give false positives. If you're not having any particular issues with the library or with WMP itself, then I'm pretty sure that you can safely ignore this.

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I stumbled upon the information in troubleshooter while trying to resolve an issue where the spinning circle cursor would constantly spin after launching WMP12. Scrolling would be jerky, at best, often pausing several seconds before WMP12 would become responsive again. At times, no audio would play either, although the timing bar would move and all other signs indicated that a track was playing.
How exactly did you delete WMP's library database? If you're still experiencing this issue, I suggest that you try deleting it once more by following my instructions in this thread.

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I've converted my ID3 tags to v2.2, v2.3, and v2.4 to test if that was the issue (after backing everything up). It doesn't seem to have helped, but I do think WMP12 has a difficult time with 2.3 and above.
ID3v2.2 is considered obsolete and is almost nowhere supported AFAIK. WMP (and Windows) support ID3v1 and ID3v2.3, but they don't support v2.4.
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23 Nov 2011   #156

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks, Tim. Yes, those are the steps I followed to delete my library many times over. I've since converted all tags to 2.3 and rebuilt the database for WMC and WMP12 (again, taking the steps outlined in the link you provided). I'll be running it all through its paces shortly. I will ignore the troubleshooter warning as you've suggested if I can get it performing well.

Thanks for the help.
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12 Dec 2011   #157

windows 7
 
 

Hello WMP fans

So if it is so great, why doesn't it play .MPG files (MPEG's)???????? Forgetting that, does anyone know how to fix WMP 12 to play .mpg files? Many thanks in advance!
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12 Dec 2011   #158

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate English + language kits
 
 

Windows 7 Media Player 12 does play mpg files.
Or rather, most versions of WMP play MPEG-1 files, and Windows Vista/7 include the DVD decoder and can play MPEG-2 files too, both of which can use the .mpg file extension.

Maybe you have a different file format inside a .mpg container, like MPEG-4?
You can try Shark007 reputable codec pack to see if it solves your problem.
It will allow you to play .mkv files and a bunch of other file types in WMP.
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12 Dec 2011   #159

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64 and Windows XP Professional SP3 x32 (Dual Boot)
 
 

I prefer WMP 12 over WMP 11. Only time I ever need to use another media player (GOM Player) is when I want to watch .mkv files, which don't always work right with WMP 12.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theaudioanalyst View Post
Hello WMP fans

So if it is so great, why doesn't it play .MPG files (MPEG's)???????? Forgetting that, does anyone know how to fix WMP 12 to play .mpg files? Many thanks in advance!
My laptop's WMP 12 can easily play .mpg files. Dunno why yours can't.
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13 Dec 2011   #160
Rxx

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

So did we ever figure out why the WMP 11 and the 12 series were so much slower than the 10? I remember the 10 series. You would open it and you could scroll down right away, find the song you wanted to hear... It would only rename your songs some of the time, but when it did it would actually put them in a folder with that name. I also liked how it would keep the play count. The 12 series keeps randomly resetting play counts. I also remember how when you ripped a song in the 10 series it would smoothly show the progress bar. The 11 and 12 series fail on that—they only go up by 10% at a time, in a very jerky fashion. The only real things that bug me are the loosing of play counts and ratings, and that it's jerky when you start it.
Anyway, anyone know why they made it like this?

Edit: I forgot to mention that the visualizations would actually run at your screen resolution instead of 640 by 400 in the 10 series.
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