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Why can't I play avi files?

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I can play mpg and mpeg files using Window Media Player but not avi files. I downloaded quite a few different avi files to make sure it wasn't one corrupt file, but none worked. Whenever I try to play them a box comes up saying the class is not registered?

So, anyone know why I can't play avi files?

Any help would be much appreciated.
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Well, AVI isn't a video format in the same way as an mpeg is. AVI is just a container format that can contain any sort of format (such as mpeg). You probably just need a codec pack.

Take your pick.

If this doesn't work, you could try a different media player, such as VideoLAN.

Edits: My fingers suck today.

Edited by Knyght, 02 January 2006 - 11:21 AM.

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Download G-spot.
Once installed open the AVI file in G-spot and it will tell you what codecs it requires.
Also as kntght suggested you could try using VLC which is a great open source media player.

Edited by ZEUS_GB, 05 January 2006 - 06:20 AM.

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