Can't play avi files

@minfas (878)
Sri Lanka
November 10, 2008 12:12pm CST
For a long time i used the same windows XP cd to install when i format my computer. So i did the same a month back, later i saw that i am unable to play avi files. I can hear only the audio but not the video. I have installed windows media player 11, power dvd 6, real player, jet audio and apple quick time. I installed k-lite codec to make avi file play in my computer Same thing has happened to two of my cousins. Why did this happen? I used the same XP cd and also i installed the same softwares as it was before. Then why couldn't i play avi files without installing seperate codes.
6 responses
• Malaysia
11 Nov 08
Do you try to install DiVX codec? www.divx.com. I'm not sure what's so special with the AVI format because my computer also can't play it without any codec installed. I'm quite sure maybe before the computer has been formatted it's already have the codec installed inside there. Sometimes even you didn't installed the codec by yourself, it has come together with another software. I suggest you to try it. Good luck.
@minfas (878)
• Sri Lanka
11 Nov 08
I installed K-Lite codec. It is better, so i no need to install divx and xvid codecs seperately. Before i formatted there is no way it would have been already installed. Because in the past 12 months i formatted my computer on average once in three weeks. I installed the same softwares as before it was.
• Malaysia
11 Nov 08
Could it be Windows Update issue?
@minfas (878)
• Sri Lanka
11 Nov 08
I do not update windows
@jazz555 (236)
• India
11 Nov 08
did you check whether the avi files is proper. some time if the format is not proper, you wont b able to play. One more thing , go to settings and check whether the avi format is enabled and all its settings are fine!
@minfas (878)
• Sri Lanka
11 Nov 08
Everything is fine. Not only one avi file is giving problems but all files. Its not only for me, the same thing has happened to two of my cousins. I know i have ticked the avi files in the settings in windows media player. The avi files was not even playable in power dvd
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
use VLC media player you can download this free from their site. this player can read multiple format of movies and easy to use. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ =) have a nice day!!
@minfas (878)
• Sri Lanka
10 Nov 08
No, my problem was why didn't work this time...it has worked fine before.
• Philippines
11 Nov 08
The same thing happened to me. I downloaded this video from torrent and when I played it, only the audio can be heard playing and no video. Why don't you try using other softwares, or try playing the file in a computer where avi files are sure to play. If the files still have the same results when used on other computers, it has something to do with the file, but if the files work on other computers, it has something to do with your computer.
• Sri Lanka
11 Nov 08
this is because of the K-lite codec pack that you've installed or it is possible that the particular avi file that you trying to play is encoded with some other codec that hasn't installed in your system if that doesn't work, try playing the movie clip with any other player like divx player or media player classic
11 Nov 08
At a guess, this happened because of the codec used to *encode* the AVI, not the one being used to play it. AVI is a generic filename extension ("audio video interleave" or something, off the top of my head), but can be encoded usingas DivX, Xvid, BivX, standard MS or one of a dozen other codecs - there is no real standard, since it relies on the encoder's choice. They may have used a newer version of a codec than was included in K-Lite. If it was a file that you could play before the reformat, it may be one of those wonderful oddities that happens in Windows - and one that I, too, have experienced with the K-Lite pack: sometimes an install works, sometimes it doesn't. For example, although you reformatted, you may have had an old DLL file in the original XP that another product updated at some time and you hadn't yet re-installed before re-installing K-Lite (if you see what I mean). With a system as complex as Windows (or Linux or any OS), there's just way too many variables to consider!!