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Windows Media Player Error... HELP

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I recently reinstalled Windows XP on an HP Pavillion a1203w. I did not want to pay HP to get the recovery disc, but I did have a copy of Windows XP Home, that I put on the computer. Everything went smoothly and I downloaded all the new service packs and I am all updated as far a Microsoft is concerned.

The Problem is, for some reason I can't get Windows Media Player 11 to play anything. It keeps giving me this message...

"Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file. For additional assistance, click Web Help."

I click web help and it tells me there may be something wrong with the audio device. I have installed all the new drivers for the Reltek card I have and all other audio works. I have installed VLC media player and DVD's work just fine, with both Audio and Video functioning properly.

I have already uninstalled and reinstalled WMP multiple times, as well as installing 3rd party codecs that are compatible with WMP. I am out of ideas.

Any suggestions would be awesome...

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What type of files are you trying to play? .avis? mp4's? mp3s? If I recall right, WMP can't play DVDs, I could be wrong.

To see if your audio driver was properly installed Right-click on My Computer -> Manage -> Device Manager, and see if there are any Unknown devices (usually marked by a yellow ? mark)

My opinion/suggestion would to use VLC for anything video related. And iTunes or Winamp for audio stuff.
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