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  1. xanaxnwine Well-Known Member

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    I've been trying to play a .wmv movie on VLC Player and all I see is a green-ish colored screen. I tried Windows Media Player and Media Player Classic and both of them keep on loading and loading but never actually play the video.

    Could there be a problem with my PC or could the file be damaged?
  2. iArvee Active Member

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    It's possible that the file could be damaged. Try downloading the k-lite codec. It's a codec for most audio and video formats. You can play them on WMP or MPC. :happy:
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    Agreed that file may be damaged,VLC is suppose to have all the codecs you would need..
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    If VLC is not playing it and WMP just continues to load, the file is most likely corrupted.
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    If you can play other WMV videos apart from the one in discussion, your computer would be fine. And since the video does not seem to be playing in any media player, the issue is probably with the file itself, it might be corrupted. VLC media player plays WMV files perfectly.
  6. xanaxnwine Well-Known Member

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    I don't have any other .wmv files on it right now, so I couldn't check that. But I'm definitely going for the file being damaged... it didn't came from a good source anyway.

    Thanks for your help!
  7. Makcalable I Only Know What I Know

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    What VLC version are you using because it is recommended that you only use the stable version. Also in the past VLC has had issues with playing .wmv files and this was down to their Decoder.

    Also if you have Codec's installed or should say more than one code's install then this 'could' pose a problem.

    So if you have more than one codec's installed I suggest you uninstall them and leave one. Might be worth your while uninstalling the VLC and Media Player Classic players and then use Ccleaner to remove all traces of the registry, but before removing old registries make sure you make a backup of your registry first.


    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html
    http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
    http://fixitwizkid.com/threads/my-recommended-windows-codecs.54/page-2#post-27626
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    If you don't have another wmv file, just download a small one from the net. You can find lots of it available for download.
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    It's extremely unlikely that VLC Media Player, Windows Media Player, and Windows Media Player Classic are just broken all at once. The only two possible options is that the file is damaged, or something went wrong with the codecs installed on your PC. The best way to try this is to either try it on another PC, or if you don't have another PC, just upload it here so we could try it for you. If it works on other machines but yours, the only possibility is your PC is damaged.

    EDIT: Sorry, I didn't read your post. If it didn't come from a good source, I implore you to check your computer for viruses. It's extremely likely that the file was infected, and simply opening it in your player allowed the virus to become alive.
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  10. Makcalable I Only Know What I Know

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    I think you should take jcgurango's excellent advice because after reading this article here http://fixitwizkid.com/threads/fake-missing-plugin-alerts-used-to-spread-spyware.8012/ it kinda got me thinking and maybe it should have been the first thing I should have suggested on running a full scan to check for malware/viruses.

    • Maybe you have installed this fake plugin knowingly or unknowingly.


    Anyway take a look at the links below for removing Malware/Viruses;


  11. NBK*Twitch Person Of All Kinds

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    One problem with that Makcal he said the .wmv didn't come from a good source. I still would check for malware though because the .wmv could just be a double extension hiding the fact that it is a .exe.
  12. Makcalable I Only Know What I Know

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    Yes well at this stage I wouldn't rule anything out.

    Maybe he has also installed this fake plugin knowingly or unknowingly as this is very possible.
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    I agree he should defintly scan for malware. I just thought I would point that out is all.
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    I'll check it with MalwareBytes and Avast right now.
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    Ok buddy but I would follow the guides just in case removal is needed as it may require a clean up afterwards.
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    Any update on this xanaxnwine? :unsure:
  17. xanaxnwine Well-Known Member

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    The file was indeed corrupted and infected. I followed the MalwareBytes' guide and it's all good now. It was just that particular file. Thanks!
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