Cannot view avi video in Windows Media Player

I have just copied a few avi video clips from one computer to another.  I was able to play these on the original computer running Windows XP and Windows Media Player version 9.0.  The new computer is running Windows 7 and Windows Media Player version 12.  The files won't play video.  A clipart musical note appears on the Media Player screen.  Downloading codec packages, such as K-Lite and XVID has not resolved the issue.
ddantesAsked:
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Michael_MCDSTConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I just tested it on my sons XP Pro PC with WMP 9 and it fails completely. No sound or picture. On that PC I have installed the most recent codecs and VLC but it also fails there so I cannot explain why it is working for you. I can give an educated guess that perhaps the codecs you have installed on that PC match the ones used to encode the avi file, by that I mean that they are of the same "age". The newer codecs I use, including the ones included in my Win7 WMP and new VLC version will not play the file - go figure =(
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Michael_MCDSTCommented:
You should try a diagnostic utility on the files you can't play:
http://www.headbands.com/gspot
Does it say anything like corrupt AVI header? What's the fourcc of the video? Try playing the video in VirtualDub (I know it's an editor, but it's pretty good at parsing damaged AVI's). http://www.virtualdub.org

On another note - have you tried running the avi in VLC?
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
Michael MCDST: Thank you for your comment.  I will try these suggestions early next week after I return to the office from a business trip.  Then I will post again.  I don't know what VLC stands for -- perhaps you can clarify this in the meanwhile.  Thanks again.
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
I have uploaded one of the avi files which will not play.  It is at www.mauitradewinds.com/Test   
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Michael_MCDSTCommented:
VLC is an abreviation for Video Lan Client
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
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Michael_MCDSTCommented:
I have just tested the avi in VLC and it failed. I tried also in WMP which did play, however without picture. I can only conclude that it is in fact the avi file that is defective somehow.
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
Thank you for checking the avi file.  However, I don't understand why it plays in Windows Media Player version 9 under Windows XP, but not in later versions of Media Player, if it is a defective file.  Can you explain that?
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