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What can I do to fix the MMSYSTEM266 File error. It occurs whike tryint to start Jack Nicklaus 5. It did not happen in Win 95. The sys. is a Pent. 400, ATI EXPERT 3D Rage PRO AGP 8MB,MPEG-2 DVD, 128 MEG. HELP
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MS KB Q139806


       The information in this article applies to:

            Microsoft Windows 95
            Microsoft Windows 98

       SYMPTOMS

       When you try to play an .avi (video clip) file, you may receive either of the following error messages:

            MMSYSTEM266 The device could not be loaded. Verify the driver is installed correctly.
            MMSYSTEM276 The device could not be loaded. Verify the driver is installed correctly.
            RUNDLL32 caused an exception 03 in module MSVFW32.DLL at <address>.

       When you try to view the properties of an .avi file by right-clicking the file and then clicking Properties, you may receive the
       following error message:

            EXPLORER caused an exception 03 in module MSVFW32.DLL at <address>.

       CAUSE

       This error can occur if any of the following files are damaged or missing from the Windows\System folder:

            Msvideo.dll
            Mciavi.drv
            Dciman.dll

       Note that reinstalling the Multimedia component using the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel does not replace these files.

       RESOLUTION

       To replace missing or damaged Windows files, you can run Windows Setup from within Windows. When you are prompted to choose
       between running a complete Setup or copying all files again, choose to copy all the files again.

       Or, you can extract the files you want to replace from the original Windows disks or CD-ROM. For information about using the Extract
       tool, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

          ARTICLE-ID: Q129605
          TITLE     : How to Extract Original Compressed Windows Files


       You can use the extract tool to extract new copies of the Msvideo.dll and Dciman.dll files.

       To replace only the Mciavi.drv file, follow these steps:

         1.In Control Panel, double-click the Multimedia icon.

         2.On the Advanced tab, double-click Media Control Devices.

         3.Click the Motion Video Device media control, click Properties, and then click Remove.

         4.Shut down Windows, turn off your computer, leave it off for at least three seconds, and then turn it back on.

         5.In Control Panel, double-click the Add New Hardware icon.

         6.Click Next, click No, click Next, click Other Devices, and then click Next.

         7.In the Manufacturers box, click Microsoft MCI. In the Models box, click Motion Video Device (Media Control), and then click Next.

         8.Click Finish. When you are prompted to restart your computer, do so.

       MORE INFORMATION

       The following files are called by Mplayer.exe when you play .avi files:

          Windows\Win.ini
          Windows\System.ini
          Windows\System\Mciavi.drv
          Windows\System\Msvideo.dll
          Windows\System\Dciman.dll
          Windows\System\Avifile.dll
          Windows\System\Msvfw32.dll
          Windows\System\Wow32.dll
          Windows\System\Msvidc32.dll
          Windows\System.dat
          Windows\User.dat

       The error message "DCIMAN32.DLL cannot start" may also be displayed if the Dciman.dll and Msvideo.dll files are missing or damaged
       in the Windows\System folder. Restore these files using either of the resolutions listed above to resolve the problem.
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