For almost 2 months, I play the same workout DVD every morning on Windows Media Player on my Windows Vista laptop. Then a few days ago when I went to play my video, a funny thing happened: I had no video. The DVD was streaming; I could hear the audio, but with no video. Surprisingly, this is fairly common. Before you throw in the towel on Windows Media Player, try these suggestions.
How to get your video working in Windows Media Player for Windows 2000, XP and Vista
Know what files are recognized by Windows Media Player
For a list of audio and video files that are recognized by Windows Media Player for Windows 2000, XP and Vista, click here.
Sound but no Video? Check the Codecs
If you are experiencing sound but no video, you may need to download a codec. A codec is software that can compress and decompress digital media like songs and video. Microsoft provides some codecs, but most are designed by other companies and individuals. These codecs can be downloaded to your Windows Media Player for free or for a small fee. To do this, you will need to know what version of Windows Media Player you have. To find this, open Media Player. Click on HELP (right click on the top bar to get to HELP), then selectAbout Windows Media Player. This will tell you what version you are using.
For help on which codecs to download for your Windows Media Player and operating system, click here.
Sound but no Video? Select Windows Media Player as your default
You can make Windows Media Player your default player, even if you have more than 1 running. To do this with Windows XP, open CONTROL PANEL. Under Pick a Category, click Add or Remove programs. In the Add or Remove Programs dialog box, click Set Program Access and Defaults. Click Custom in the Choose a configuration box. In the Choose a default media player area, click Windows Media Player, and then click OK.
For Windows Vista, click Control Panel, then Default Programs, then click Set your default programs. From there, select Windows Media Player. Then click Set this program as default.
Sound but no Video? Download VLC
VL C is a free media player that plays various audio and video formats as well as DVD’s, VCD’s and various streaming protocols. Downloading VLC can potentially help make Windows Media Player for Windows 2000, XP and Vista more efficient. Click here.
Sound but no Video? Adjust your settings in Windows Media Player
This is what worked for me on my Windows Media Player version 11 for Windows Vista. First, open Windows Media Player. Then click Tools. Then click Options. Click Performance. Under the Connection Speed, click the Detect Connection. Under the Network Buffering, click Use Default Buffering.Find more suggestions for adjusting the settings here.