Cannot watch videos on my PC

By IH8PunkRok ยท 13 replies
Apr 12, 2008
  1. yea so like the title says i cannot watch movies unless its on youtube or break or someplace like that.
    any videos i download (.wmv .mpg .avi) all will not play video. i get sound and the file is playing but no video comes through
    now this happens on any of the media players i have. (windows media player, winamp, and vlc media player)
    how do i fix this problem. there are alot of videos that i cannot see and its killing me
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    I'm not providing a fix, just a suggestion here (for the moment)

    Please try VLC Media Player
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Uhm.. He just said that he has tried VLC!

    If you are bored, go read a book.

    What version of VLC did you try? The latest is 0.8.6f.

    "no video comes through" means what? Does the player play the file as a sound file (no video area appears) or is the video area simply black?
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Thanks Nodsu for bailing me out :blush:

    As Nodsu asks, confirm that the video area is being displayed, in your Media player, not just sound only. (you may need to go into the Media Player settings)

    I would also recommend to download the most up to date driver for your video card (or Motherboard if video is onboard)

    Then uninstall your present video drivers (usually in add/remove programs or Device Manager)
    And install the the latest video drivers previously downloaded.

    Test again

    For further assistance please put your System Specs in your Profile

    If you have a proprietory computer like Dell; HP; Acer etc, please manually write this in the mobo field (ie Dell Dimension 3100 - as an example)
  5. IH8PunkRok

    IH8PunkRok TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 114

    ive been readin all the kings men fyi, still bored
    ok so here is the situation. i click on the video file earfcked.wmv (its a video from it opens up windows media player just like a regular video and it plays it but the video screen is black. the same thing happens in winamp and vlc.
    so i will find the drivers and dl them (as soon as i figure out wut my video card is i lost the book in my mess of a room)
    my computer is not a proprietory comp its one that was made by my father for me back in 2003 iirc
    in my next post ill have specs on my comp and test results
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    You will need the proper CODECS for the media/file you are trying to play. I haven't come across a file that VLC player won't play. VLC can be cumbersome to use, but it is FREE.
  7. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Yes, of course.. You have to pay for WMP and Winamp :D

    The video are being black is a common issue with the display not supporting video overlays. Disabling these in your media player should help.

    The problem shouldn't occur when you are using a normal computer monitor though.. Do you have multiple screens and/or televisions attached to your computer? How about any desktop management software (multiple desktops)?
  8. IH8PunkRok

    IH8PunkRok TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 114

    i have a normal 19" computer monitor.
    and i tried to make a virtual computer a while ago. could that be wuts doin it?
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Without knowing:

    Your System Specs
    Media player settings
    Latest VLC media player
    Proper Codecs
    Video Overlay settings
    Virtual drive program
    OS ?

    It does make it a bit difficult !
  10. IH8PunkRok

    IH8PunkRok TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 114


    amd athlon 2000+ cpu, 512 mb ddr ram, ATI Radeon 9550 256 mb graphics card, 120 gb hdd and 40 gb slave, Shuttle AK32E MoBo, Windows XP home edition

    i believe default settings on WMP (if u want specifics then ask)

    holy crap i just fixed it. ha lol i was searchin through some things and now i can watch vids. lol awesome!
  11. IH8PunkRok

    IH8PunkRok TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 114

    nevermind it broke again *sigh*
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

  13. IH8PunkRok

    IH8PunkRok TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 114

    ok system specs in profile.
    which driver do i DL from that link u gave me? im sorry im really a n3wb wit computers and im frazzled
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

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