Can't play AVI files suddenly

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  1. #1

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    Can't play AVI files suddenly

    Help, my computer suddenly can't play any AVI files, even those that previously worked.
    If I try to open any AVI file the applications all hang immediately, regardless if I use Windows Media Player, Real Player or DIVX Player.

    I made no changes to the config and didn't update anything. Tried rebooting, power off/on (twice) and did a virus scan, no luck.

    Any ideas?


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    This is not a solution but a temporary work-around, but try installing VLC player. It plays damn-near every format, if not all formats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreadnought:
    This is not a solution but a temporary work-around, but try installing VLC player. It plays damn-near every format, if not all formats.
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    Yes, second that. Have been using it for a year and no problems. Very good player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raccon:
    Help, my computer suddenly can't play any AVI files, even those that previously worked.
    If I try to open any AVI file the applications all hang immediately, regardless if I use Windows Media Player, Real Player or DIVX Player.

    I made no changes to the config and didn't update anything. Tried rebooting, power off/on (twice) and did a virus scan, no luck.

    Any ideas?
    Try doing a system restore. If you could play them 3 days ago for example, restore your system to a point before that. Control Panel > System & Security > Action Centre > Restore Your Computer to an Earlier Time, that should undo what ever happened in the interim...

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    Tried the restore as suggested by bryant.english, works again. Thanks!