No sound when playing videos in any player - various codec packages installed/uninstalled
Posted on 2008-10-02
It all started when I went to play a .avi video which I downloaded from my camera - by default it opens in Windows Media Player, it plays the video but there is no sound, an error (red cross) appears to the left of the file name on the right side of the player which, when clicked upon, takes me to a support site telling me I am missing an audio codec.
I then tested other video formats and players and found the following -
.avi and MPEG -
No sound in Ulead Video Studio
No sound in Windows Media Center
No sound in Divx Player
Sound worked in DivX player
I had already downloaded and installed the Vista Codec Package (by shark) so I tried another package which probably just overwrote the same codecs and I tried installing the AAC Directshow Filter Codec separately.
None of this worked, so I uninstalled them all and installed the latest driver for my Creative Labs XFi Fatl1ty card - this didn't work either.
I then tried system restore and went back a few days where some Windows updates had been installed, but this didn't restore the sound either.
So I started again, going onto Google and acquiring information and trying this and that and eventually found myself going round in circles. It seems that I definitely have an audio codec problem but cannot seem to fix it.
I used Gspot and loaded in a few of my video files and it simply told me that there was an error acquring information on the audio codec.
All system sounds and music work fine.
Do I have a damaged codec? Any ideas on restoring all my default Vista codecs so that I can start again?
Any help would be greatly appreciated as this is driving me nuts.