Why is Media Player incapable of playing DivX audio?


Adam Albright

The situation is thus:

I ask Media player to play a DivX file that may be in a AVI wrapper.
It loads the file, the video portion plays, but there is no audio.

I reopen the file in any number of other media players from different
vendors and THEY all play the file fine... including the audio.

When Media Player opens the file is says it needs to download a audio
codec which it attempts. The irony is the codec it downloads is the
very same it already has in its System32 folder.

Opening the file using GSpot it reports my system has no less then 4
audio codecs all capable of playing DivX audio, the irony again is
three listed all have Microsoft copyrights.

Why is Microsoft's Media Player this dumb?

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