Media player for Windows ME

By lopdog
Jul 28, 2011
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  1. Hi!

    I need a good, lightweight media player that runs on a Pentium 1 with Windows ME (yes, just go ahead and laugh :p The question is serious, though).

    I'd like it to play most audio/video files without installing additional codecs, if possible. Does anyone know if I can expect to play any videos at all (like divx, mkv and similar) on a computer like this?

    Any suggestion appreciated.
  2. odriscoll27

    odriscoll27 TS Rookie Posts: 66

  3. mike1959

    mike1959 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,008   +50

  4. lopdog

    lopdog TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 295

    Thanks, I'll take a look at both, even though I'm not a big fan of Real Player (it also lists higher sys.req. than the computer I'm talking about).
    I also read that VLC can run on Windows 98/ME using Kernelex.
    I haven't tried it yet, but I'll see which one runs best.
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,675   +389

    I've tried VLC on ME with KernelEx, and I didn't have much luck with it. I forget exactly what the problem was, but I remember it didn't work well.

    If you can get ahold of a very early version of Winamp 5 that should work. I'm not sure if the first official release of Winamp 5 will be too bloated or not. I know I have one that is called 'prealphasuperleetness' that is essentially Winamp 2 with the capability to play video - I'm sure there is a way I could get that to you if you can't find it online.


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  6. lopdog

    lopdog TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 295

    Thanks for the tips on VLC. I'll see if I can get it Winamp 5. Do you know if it plays most video formats, or do I need additional codecs?
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,675   +389

    I believe the version of winamp 5 I linked screenshots of uses the system codecs (not sure on the new winamp 5s, but those are likely far to bloated to run on a P1), rather than bringing its own like VLC.
  8. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TS Evangelist Posts: 755   +53

    Pentium 1? That was a long time ago. MP3 and dail-up networking was popular back then. Don't think DIVX or MKV formats existed yet. Anyway, I revived my old Toshiba Satellite 335CDT a year or so ago and used it to play MP3 and slide show. It has a Pentium 266 MHz, either 96 or 128 MB RAM, and Windows98. It was so underpower that it wasn't able to display photos at their original resolution. I had to resize everything to 800x600. I used Winamp to play lower bitrate MP3 files. Tried several version of Winamp. Think I settled w/ v2.92. I experienced lots of freezing during slideshow (used older version of Irfan View), eventually I gave up on using that laptop.

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