HI IT SEEMS YOU ARE ALL MISSING THE POINT HERE ON THIS ISSUE ITS LITEARLLY A VERY VERY SIMPLE FIX, ALL IT IS IS A CORRUPTED FILE FROM WHEN CODECS WAS INSTALLED/UNINSTALLED...HERES WHAT TO DO
GO TO MY COMPUTER
LOOK FOR THE FILE CALLED .. Ac3audio.ax
WHEN YOU SEE IT LEFT CLICK ON IT HOLD LEFT CLICK PRESSED AND DRAG IT OUT OF THAT FOLDER ONTO YOUR DESKTOP
ONCE THERE CLOSE THE FOLDER AND TRY THE FILES YOU HAD PROBLEMS WITH THEY WILL WORK FINE NOW
THIS SAME FIX ALSO WORKS WITH ERRORS CAUSED WITH THE FILE CALLED .. xvid.ax
I’ve tried many fixes for this problem, and that download was the easiest / quickest fix I’ve tried.
It was a problem with heaps of my folders but after running that patch I haven’t had Windows crash yet.
Quick link for the preview fix.
same problem, i had ace mega codec pack..and xvid installed separately, so what i did was just uninstall xvid and the problem was gone.
This did it so quickly! I tried 5 different things over 24 solid (seperate) hours and this one did it perfectly first time!!!
Just click the first link, save to desktop via File/Save page as...
Go to desktop and click the file, press y, press enter, and it’s DONE!
I am not a big fan of installing more programs (additions) just to resolve ongoing issues that should just not be happening but i took the advise and downloaded the all in 1 codec pack and it worked a charm.....
i am always very sceptical about deleting things, especialy when i have no idea what they do so trying to fix by installing more has been the answer in this case and has also shown me how little i had to begin with as it was very rarely that my windows media player would actualy play most avi files to begin with.
Big thanks for pointing out the codec pack as not only has it solves the crashing but has also allowed me to view all of my media using WMP. :)
it’s a codec problem for sure. My problem was same, Windows explorer and all directshow players were crashing with certain codecs. But VLC and NeroVision was working fine since they have their own overlay drivers.
1.I choose an Xvid file.
2.I uninstalled all codecs that supports Xvid.
3.Checked with Gspot that no other xvid codecs installed.
4.Played the video file, directshow still crashes.
5.Uninstalled audio codecs.
7.I’ve examined what media player does when search for an xvid compatible codec with Sysinternal’s Filemon. And I saw mediaplayer’s last call was pointing a ffdshow folder.
My crashes are gone after deleting C:\Program Files\ffdshow folder. There is still an ffdshow.ax under win32 folder, so VLC still works.
good luck, it looks there is not one solition for this, every case is unique.
I have WinXP-SP2. I have had similar problems in the past - certain .avi:s crashing the media player and windows folders (when preview was enabled). I really wanted to watch one video so I fired up mozilla to google the net. I wound up here, and I read the post just above, the one mentioning XviD. So I tried uninstalling XviD. That was the only change I did. And vÃ³ila: the video in question worked without problems. Thanks everyone!
Sorry to resurrect this thread... I just to add my 2 cents.
I had this same problem tonight after a crash and just fixed it. My point is that GSPOT IS MY BEST FRIEND, as it can actually figure out which codec is corrupt. In my case it was ffdshow.
Thanks alot for you troubleshooting advices it helped me alot, infact i managed to understand the problem more accurately, so the next time there wont be any problem at all.
Keep posting on your suggestion.Looking forward to it.
I get a window explorer crash every time I oopen the My Videos folder, with the 'Windows explorer has encoutered a problem and needs to close.
I got this after an incomplete avi was trying to be converted through the Super encoder program.
I have tried to delete the files causing problems, butthen I get a Dr. Watson debugger has encountered a problem...I just want to delete the misencoded files. How do I do this now?
ok this just started happening to me today...which is weird because i was watching a movie last night and everything was working fine...soo im not exactly sure what cuased this problem exactly but i typed in “regsvr32 /u shmedia.dll” in Run like someone advised and that solved my Explorer problem but not the WMP problem. I uninstalled the Xvid Codecs and tried the video again...that didn’t do anything...I uninstalled Vorbis something something and all the other stuff it came with...and the video started working...sort off..i can hear the sounds but can’t see the video...i was informed that i needed Xvid Codecs to see the video..i reinstalled the Xvid Codecs it and it WORKS! well..I guess another solution to this problem is to uninstall whatever codecs you installed ONE-BY-ONE and see if the video works..then jst reinstall any codecs u need to if anything goes wrong like me (sound but no video) ... anyways good luck to anyone that encouters this problem...gave me a headache tryin to figure it out