Downloading Codec Error

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Need some help please.

My mate downloaded a whole load of short videos off the net of car stuff, theres about 350 of them and they all play fine on his computer using RealOne player.

I have loaded them on to my computer off a CD and hardly any of them work. When i try to open them with Windows media player it says “downloading codec error” and only plays the music/background sounds.

If i try and open them in RealOne player it just plays them without the video.

Can anyone shed any light on why this is happening?

Any help very much appreciated,

Graham reply

12-09-2003 08:34 AM

my windows media player not working properly
they shown this:-

(Error ID = 0xc00d119A, Remedy ID=0x00000000

if you can solve this prob.
then give us your ans. immed.

i very thank full to you reply

01-15-2004 06:19 AM
jayant sarkar

when i play the windows media player there is an error message” downloading codec error” pl help
thanking u in anticipation
sarath reply

11-30-2004 12:36 AM

none of you have given the media types of the files u r trying to play.. it would be easier if you could atleast post the file extensions.. reply

11-30-2004 06:27 AM

my file doesnt have any extension, all it says is that its a video clip. what do i do reply

01-02-2005 03:36 PM

(to all the above)
Windows Media Player is lousy at giving error codes. They never tell you much about what you need to solve your problem. As for the error downloading codec, that’s simply because the Microsoft server only carries Microsoft’s own codecs (they used to carry more, like i263 or cinepak, but many got dumped).
In most cases using a utility like VideoInspector, gspot, or avicodec will tell you more about what you need (codec-wise) or if there’s problems with the file (truncated avi for example). If one of the utilities fail, use another. reply

01-02-2005 03:58 PM
1,580 posts

hi, I do have the same problem to playback wav files using windows media player or realone player, both failed to download the codec.

But I noted that both were ok to play the same wav files around half a year ago when my old pc was not broken down.

Actually I did find mplayer2 in win98 has no problem so I don’t think it is the codec problem, but I do not want to re-install win98 again or in dual-boot.

Can someone advise a wav player like mplayer2 whick can play such file (perferably free). reply

03-12-2005 06:33 AM

all .avi files i download and play on windows media player give the codec error. What do i need to do to play them?? reply

04-24-2005 12:12 PM

Try d/ling Video Inspector ^_^! It’s very useful to let you know which vid/audio codec you are missing. reply

04-24-2005 09:14 PM

Just wondering l have downloaded some files and ive got picture but no sound. Media player says its a codec error. Anyone got any idea what to do reply

05-03-2005 05:01 PM

Hi, I do have the same problem too!
I downloaded the codec that is needed for my file (H264/x264) but there’s still no sound and the error downloading codec message is still there.
In the same folder, there’s also a SUB file and a IDX file, to display subtitles.
Now that I can see the pictures and the subtitles but can anyone tell me why there’s still no sound? How can I solve this problem? reply

05-20-2005 09:58 PM

ok im tryin to download this file from its called final fantasy 7: advent children and when i downloaded it i hit preview this file or what ever and it comes up to the windows movie player thing and says codec error. all i get is the audio and basically nothin else happens. please im sort of a noob when it comes to computers so i need alot of help. reply

10-26-2005 04:13 PM

My daughter has the same problem ''download codec error'' and cannot play the movie which download from the web. I solved this problem after download the ''ffdshow -20041012.exe'' from then install it. My daughter can watch the movies again from the Windows Media player without any problem. Please try and good luck to everybody. reply

11-22-2005 06:07 PM

I had the same error when I tried to play a video that was in AVI format (sound but no picture). I downloaded a program called video inspector (was a small file) then within the program I selected the file that I was having trouble with. It then told me that I needed XviD. I simply clicked on 'Download' within the video inspector program, it downloaded (again small file) and now I can watch my file in Windows Media Player. Hope that helps. reply

11-28-2005 12:35 AM
Sara B

GSpot and Avicodec are tools to find out what codecs you need. A codecs collection means any pack All in One or K-Lite or XP Codecs Xvid,Divx, and for audio AC3 filter is a must.Also download players like VLC or BSplayer or Media Classic: reply

11-28-2005 12:45 AM
Marcus Aurelius

i have d/l couple of movies ... b4 couldnt play em on WMP cos it used the divx encoding ..
after i d/l the divx codec player ...i could c most of the movies image and sound on WMP...but some of the movies i could c the pic , but with no sound ...and a message of ERROR DOWNLOADING CODEC appears at the bottom of the player .
some of these movies were specified by by AC3 only ...
could u advice me ?
ahmed reply

12-06-2005 04:31 PM

I downloaded some movies and tried to play them with windows media player but it says 'error downloading codec'
I have tried to fix this problem myself w/out any luck. Can anyone help me with this problem? reply

12-06-2005 09:19 PM

Download video inspector (see above posting). That will help you. reply

12-06-2005 10:24 PM
Sara B

Windows Media Player gives “codec download” errors because it can only download Microsoft’s own codecs.

Solution: K-Lite Codec Pack reply

08-11-2006 07:35 PM

Try downloading this and then play your file that wont work. reply

08-13-2006 06:56 PM

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