.avi file gives error: "error downloading codec" (Windows Media Player)

Posted on 2005-04-25
Last Modified: 2008-01-09

I downloaded a video clip (.avi format) and tried to play it with Microsft Windows Media Player but get the error "error downloading codec"

What does this mean, and how can I watch the clip?  Thanks.
Question by:hankknight
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    Accepted Solution

    this means that there is a codec missing,i advise you to download a codec pack named FFDSHOW
    here is the link.
    once you have installed it open the media player and play the clip.tell me if it gives you the same error.

    Expert Comment

    If that doesnt work download gspot which is a app that will give you detailed codec information then you can download the codec you need.
    Alternatively you could get vlc player which has its own built in codecs and so you dont have to worry about codecs again.

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