MCI error - mp3s randomly stop working; reinstalled WMP11 but noth


Rob Davey

Would love some help here.

I have PPT 2003 and XP sp2. Using this set-up I have created many ppt presos
with media in them and they have all worked fine. Up until now that is.

Now I am getting this MCI error ("The specified file cannot be played on the
specified MCI device. blah blah.."). The offending media in question is an mp3

I have run mplayer2.exe (WMP6?) and mp3s will not work there either, the
error being "The source filter for this file could not be loaded.

The same mp3s work fine though in every other application I've tried (WMP11,
Winamp, RM). So does this mean the problem is not the codecs?

I've tried uninstalling and re-installing WMP11 I don't know how many times.
I have also uninstalled pretty much every program I can think of that could
potentially be causing a codec clash, including:
- Winamp
- Real Player
- Samsung PC Studio
+ any other programs I saw which had anything to do with multimedia (exlc.
VLC and PowerDVD)

I have never downloaded and installed a codec pack, rogue or otherwise. To
be honest until today I didn't even know what a codec was.

The number of character in the file path is well less than 100 too.

I would be most grateful for any advice as honestly I am at my wits end. I
just don't understand how it could all work fine one day and now it doesn't.

Kind regards

Mci error on powerpoint

hi Rob,

I see you got the answer to this problem I just started having as well,
running xp with sp2 and 2003 office. If you or someone would email the
instructions, i would appreciate it. (e-mail address removed)

Have a great day


Thank god. I've been having exactly the same problem. Would you mind emailing
me with the solution too? (e-mail address removed)

Also, could you be so kind as to post the solution here, so that the next
person to stumble across this thread won't have to go asking for the answers?

Nov 7, 2008
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Rob I have thesame problem in PPT 2003...

Rob, I also have the same problem with PPT2003 and sudden non-play of wmv and mp3. Would you please send me the answer you've sent to the others? Thanks. Michael at (e-mail address removed)
Nov 15, 2008
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Rob, I am having the same problem. Could you please send the answer you sent along to the other people? Thanks Barb @ (e-mail address removed)
Apr 6, 2010
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Rob, I too am having the same problems. I've also tried converting the file to another format (mp3 to wav) and I just get a different error. I'd greatly appreciate any help. My email is : (e-mail address removed)
Thanks Rob.

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