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Can't play an AVI file

HI, i have an AVI file of 4.2 gb that when I try and play get the following error.
"Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file".
I'm almost definate that the file is not corrupt. I'm using windows 7 ultimate and media player.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks
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Jason Thomas
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Jason Thomas
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CHutchinsCommented:
Most likely it is 1 of 2 things.  You don't have the codec usually Xvid will fix this or it is corrupt.  You can download VLC and if VLC doesnt play it it is corrupt or incomplete.
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loki_lokiCommented:
Try VLC player.  It runs most things and should cope a bit better than windows media player.  It's free

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
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Jason ThomasAuthor Commented:
Hi, tried VLC but no good. error reports file headers missing. Anyone know how to repair the AVI file?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You could try the free utility DivFix - if that fails I would say the file is either corrupt or not really an AVI file.
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Jason ThomasAuthor Commented:
hi, tried divfix but it failed too.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Then as I stated: the file is either corrupt or not really an AVI file.
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NARANTHIRANCommented:
Download and install "k-lite codec pack" for windows 7 which will help you to play the file formats in
windows media player.
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remixedcatCommented:
I suggest if you also play a lot of DirectX 10+ games to download CCCP instead of K-Lite.

K-Lite is known to conflict with some game's codecs and soem games are known to crash.

I have also been using realplayer to play videos and it's been doing great. It often plays things that media player classic can't. give it a try!
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Jason ThomasAuthor Commented:
Hi, decided to give up in the file but wanted to say thanks for your efforts guys. Hope the sharing of points seem fair as one of you put me onto the new media player which i now use and the other gave me a program to fix teh file which actually fixed 20 minutes on teh file before failing.
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