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wconha67

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does anyone know how i can download free safe codecs for windows xp 32 bit .i have wmp and when i try to play a dvd it says "cannot play dvd because i don t have the correct decoders.windows.com has free decoders but i don t think they do for 32 bit.its hard to trust free sites that offer codecs since ive only heard bad things about them.
lenovo laptop
windows xp / home edition service pack 3
420 @ 1.60 ghz
1.60 gh, 504 of ram (although i ccleaner says i have 512)
thanks
bill
also i have wmp 11

Edited by wconha67, 21 November 2011 - 04:24 PM.

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Ztruker

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Install VLC Media Player instead. Excellent free DVD player that handles just about anything.
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if i download that what do i do with windows media player?do i uninstall it?i have little memory to work with. thanks
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No, just leave it there. If you don't use it, it doesn't use any memory.

Alternatively, you can try some WMP codecs but my experience has been that WMP on XP does not handle DVDs very well.

Download: Codec Installation Package for Windows Media Player ...
How to Download Codecs Automatically in Windows Media Player ...
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Play DVD/CD/MP3/MP4 etc....... http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ :)
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if i download that what do i do with windows media player?do i uninstall it?i have little memory to work with. thanks


What do you mean memory?Space on your harddrive?Or Actual memory.You can free up plenty of space with THIS great free program.
Or we can help if you were talking about actual memory (slow computer)

Edited by rockmilk, 26 November 2011 - 08:26 PM.

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if i install that can i still download tunes and burn also.actually id like to just get the decoders
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Yes to the itunes question.Also xp doesnt do well with dvds I have never looked for the codecs for it I have always used vlc.
Also look here. http://www.geekstogo...-player-codecs/ You need to ask to have the topics merged.But if you really want the codecs try google.

Edited by rockmilk, 26 November 2011 - 07:41 PM.

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wconha67

504 of ram (although i ccleaner says i have 512)


8Mb is being allocated to your graphics.
That is the reason.

Did you decide not to pursue the recommendation to install more, appreciating of course that ie may be a matter of finances etc.

As on your previous thread, if it is the same computer, which I think it is, the issue of ram was discussed,

512Mb of RAM is not very much. I generally recommend at least 1Gb for XP and 2 to 4 Gb minimum for Windows 7. Increasing your RAM will improve your over all performance.


ok thanks. im gonna do that.


Also may I point out that on 26 November you started this thread
http://www.geekstogo...__fromsearch__1
which is on the same issue as the thread here.
Please do not start another thread on the same issue.
There is then a risk that different people will be advising on the two separate threads.
This is confusing to you and to some extent a waste of time.
I HAVE MOVED the posts from that thread to this one here.

Please do NOT worry about it now, just bear it in mind for future threads please.


HOWEVER the more important question is

Do you still require help.
Would you kindlly update the thread indicating the current situation.. when you get chance of course.
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