Portable Media Players with 125GB of Storage by 2007

According to an article at eWeek, by 2007 will will have Portable Media Players (Such as Portable Media Center’s) with at least 125GB of storage.  Here’s a few of the top quotes from the article.


“The recently introduced players will also be designed to record and download high-definition as well as standard-definition video, said David Proctor, hardware lead for the Microsoft Portable Media Center“


“Future Portable Media Players, or PMPs, may include the ability to directly record video and connect to a wireless network…”


Microsoft Media Players to Boast Bigger Drives
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1650495,00.asp


PMPs with 125GB of Storage by 2007
http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/news/entry.php?id=157

Uncommon Solutions To Uncommon Problems

This post is really just a dump so I can get it off my notepad doc and so I don’t lose them.  These are solutions other people had to errors that are not that common in Windows Media Player.

800703E7 – Problem: WMP would not play any content.  Web content would cycle from Ready to Connecting and back to Ready.

Solution: Run SFC /Scannow.  After that the problem was reported gone.

 

80070013 – Problem: Secured Digital Storage Card lose the ability to copy or delete your media.

Solutions: a. Use clear tape to prevent the slider from going into “lock” position and you can copy your files.  b. Purchase another card.

 

MSNBC Video – Problem: Video never starts to play.

Solution: Outlined below.

 

- Microsoft Windows 98 SE or higher
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher (not Netscape or Mozilla)
- Broadband: Cable modem or DSL connection
- Microsoft Windows Media player 9.0 or higher (Not Real Player)
- Macromedia Flash 7 or higher
- 600MHZ or faster computer processor
- JavaScript must be enabled in Internet Explorer
- Software that prevents pop-up windows must be disabled
- Firewall must allow ports in such a way that WMP 9.0 works

If you meet all the above system requirements and still you are having difficulties playing MSN Video, then I recommend that you please try the steps given below:

Step 1:

- Ask your network administrator to open port 80 for streaming content.
- Your proxy server may not be set up for streaming content. Please contact your network administrator.

Step 2:

>>> If you are using Internet Explorer, check your browser settings.

1. In Internet Explorer, from the “Tools” menu, select “Internet Options”.
2. Open the “Connections” tab and then click “LAN Settings”.
3. If you are using a proxy server, make sure the name of the server is correct, that the correct port has been selected, and that “Bypass Proxy Server For Local Addresses” has been selected.

If you have access to more than one proxy server, pick a different one, and try to access the site again to see if your proxy server is active.

Clearing Your Computer Cache:

Browsers store temporary files in your computer’s memory and swap files on your hard disk drive. Soon these areas become cluttered and reduce performance. Clearing your computer’s cache often avoids this.

1. From the “Tools” menu, select “Internet Options”.
2. On the “General” tab, under “Temporary Internet Files”, click the “Delete Files” button.
3. Click the “Settings” button and select “Every Visit to the Page”.  To confirm your files have been deleted, click the “View Files” button. If they have not been deleted, select all files and delete them.
4. Under “History”, click the “Clear History” button.

This should be done whenever there is a problem loading a web page or connecting.

>>> To setup security:

1. In Internet Explorer, from the “Tools” menu, open “Internet options”.
2. Open the “Security” tab and set the security level for the Internet Zone to medium or less. If you don’t see these options on
the “Security” tab, click the Default Level first. The security levels should appear.
3. Open the “Privacy” tab and set your preferences to “Medium”, “Low” or “Accept All Cookies”.

>>>To change the HTTP settings:

1. From the “Tools” menu in Internet Explorer, select “Internet Options”.
2. Click on “Advanced tab”.
3. Uncheck the HTTP 1.1 settings.
4. Click “OK”.

Step 3:

>>>To change your Windows Media Player settings:

1. Click start | All programs | Windows Media Player
2. In Windows Media Player click Tools | Options
3. Select the Network tab
4. Make sure all “Streaming Protocols” are checked
5. Under “Streaming Proxy Settings” verify the following settings.
6. You should have at least two protocols: HTTP and MMS
7. Check the following proxy settings:
-HTTP should be configured to “Browser”
-MMS should be configured to “None”
-RTSP should be configured to “None”
8. If no proxy settings are present, we recommend you re-install Windows
Media Player from http://www.microsoft.com/windows

>>>To adjust settings when using a firewall:

1. Start Windows Media Player
2. From the “Tools” menu, click “Options”.
3. Open the “Network” tab.
4. Clear the “UDP” selection and then click “Apply”.
5. Close Windows Media Player to save your changes.

 

Low Memory – Exit Norton Products.  AOL Issues??

 

LaunchCast Issues – NIS Problem.

1) In Personal Firewall, I went to Networking and added www.launch.yahoo.com  as a Trusted Site.

 

 2) In Intrusions Detection in Autoblock added www.launch.yahoo.com.

 

 3) In Adblocking added the following strings as permitted sites.

    http://launch.yahoo.com/musicvideos/player/playvideo.asp

    http://launchtoday.launch.yahoo.com/player/player.asp

    launch.yahoo.com

In the SBC Pop-up blocker set to Medium then go to Options > Advanced then add following as domains in Allowed pop-ups.

   *.yahoo.com

   *.yimg.com

   *akamai.net

 

C00D10B0 – Reinstall WMP 9 Twice

 

800C2EFF Upgrade DRM – Disable Proxy Software

 

Tag 75http://support.ninthhouse.com/updates/voxware_download.asp

 

800C2F78 – Add the song to the media library, then try and play.

 

800703E6 – Invalid access to memory location

“…They said to re-install WMP (which I have done, unsuccessfully) and if that doesn’t work, to recover your system. Apparently this error message means another program is conflicting with WMP”

 

800703E3 – Uncheck UDP in Network options

 

RPC Server is unavailable during sync – Portable Media Serial Number service to Auto




Guide To Error C00D1199 In Windows Media Player



Error C00D1199 or Unsupported Format means little to nothing in terms of a single fix and doesn’t always really mean that you are trying to play an unsupported format.  The fix for this will greatly depend on what you are doing when you get the error along with your system configuration.

 

General Information

  • Windows Media Player Multimedia File Formats – Check to see if you are trying to play a support format.
  • If you are trying to play a supported format then keep reading.  Below is some common information for supported file formats.

Supported File Formats Help

More Help

  • In some cases people have run into this error when the wrong audio device is selected in WMP.  Tools | Options | Devices | Speakers | Properties will allow you to change it.
  • It’s a good idea to update and/or reinstall your Sound Card and Video Card drivers.  Along with DirectX when you are getting this error.
  • Another good troubleshooting step is to try and play your content in Windows Media Player 6.4 which is on your system.  To access it go to Start | Run | Type mplayer2.exe.
  • Any attachments from e-mail’s should always be saved to your hard drive before attempting to play them in Windows Media Player.  Depending on your e-mail client this can be done in many ways, check with your provider for more.  Remember that it must be a supported file type after you download the attachmnet to be able to play it in Windows Media Player.

At this point you should have collect enough information for someone to try and give you a suggestion on what you might do to fix it.  So posting in the Windows Media Player Newsgroup in a reply to your first post, or a new post with some exact information about your problem would be good idea.  Remember to include the following…

  • Version of Windows Media Player
  • File Format & link to content (If Possible)
  • Version of Windows
  • What you have tried so far to fix the problem.

Troubleshooting Windows Media Player Error Messages

C00D1199: Cannot Play The File

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/9series/player/playererrors.aspx#c00d1199_0x00000000




New WMP Help Articles

Guide To Error C00D0BC2/C00D0BC4 In Windows Media Player
http://msmvps.com/chrisl/articles/12016.aspx


Sound Issues In Windows Media Player
http://msmvps.com/chrisl/articles/14293.aspx


Video Issues In Windows Media Player
http://msmvps.com/chrisl/articles/14295.aspx


Guide To Error C00D11BB In Windows Media Player
http://msmvps.com/chrisl/articles/12340.aspx


Guide To Error C00D1199 In Windows Media Player
http://msmvps.com/chrisl/articles/14322.aspx

Video Issues In Windows Media Player



This post contains links to every bit of information you could need to fix all your video problems with Windows Media Player.  Below are basic steps and the Windows Media Advice links give even more.

 

First Steps – Video Card Problems

  • Reinstall your video card drivers.  You may download the latest version from the maker of your video card.  (If you don’t know how to find and download the latest drivers read section below called Locating Drivers)
  • Reinstall DirectX.  This may be downloaded from here.
  • Turn down Hardware Acceleration.  This can be done through Windows Media Player by going to Tools | Options | Performance | Advanced and moving the slider down a bit.

Note:  It’s a good idea to reboot after most of these changes before you think they can not working.

 

Second Steps – Incorrect Video Playback

  • NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing will disable Hardware Acceleration, exit this, if running, and you should get better playback.
  • If your video is Zoomed In it’s likely being caused by a function of your Graphics Card Drivers.  Mainly NVIDIA’s.  Your Display Properties should help you get rid of that.
  • Under Tools | Options | Performance | Advanced ensure Use Overlays is checked

More Help: I’m Having Video Problems, Incorrect Aspect

 

Locating Drivers

If you need help locating where to get the latest drivers for your video card try the following.  Your Device Manager in Windows should supply the information assuming the video card has been detected.  To access the Device Manager right click on My Computer and select the Device Manager tab.  In Windows XP go to the Hardware Tab and select Device Manager.  You may now go to that company’s website and download the drivers and reinstall them.

 

Windows Media Advice

Why does my video flicker or have green lines?

 

Why do I lose video after a few seconds of playing?

 

When I try to play a video, Windows Media Player says that the video is damaged or corrupted. What can I do?

 

Why can’t I see the video when I’m playing a video file?

 

How can I play video in full-screen mode on my second monitor?

 

How can I speed up (or slow down) video I’m watching?

 

When I play Full Screen video, the controls block my subtitles. How can I fix this?

 

Windows Media Player FAQ

What can I do about video problems (such as if green or pink lines appear on the video, flickering or choppy video, the Player stops responding when playing video, and so on)?

 

How do I stop video from flickering?

 

Why does the Player stop playing in full-screen mode?

 

Why doesn’t my video appear unless I maximize the window, put another window in front of it, or something similar?

 

Video isn’t playing correctly when I play a playlist. How can I fix the problem?

 

How do I get the Player to play in full-screen mode on my second monitor?

 

How do I increase the contrast in the Player?




Sound Issues In Windows Media Player



This post contains links to every bit of information you could need to fix all your sound problems with Windows Media Player.  Below are basic steps and the Windows Media Advice links give even more.

 

First Steps – Sound Card Problems.

  • Reinstall your sound card drivers.  You may download the latest version from the maker of your sound card.  (If you don’t know how to find and download the latest drivers read section below called Locating Drivers)
  • Reinstall DirectX.  This may be downloaded from here.
  • Turn down Hardware Acceleration.  To do this go to your Control Panel | Multimedia | Audio | Advanced Properties or Control Panel | Sound and Multimedia or Sound and Audio Devices | Audio | Sound Playback | Advanced.  Move the slider down a bit.
  • Make sure WMP is not muted.  Play | Volume.  WMP has it’s own Mute controls.
  • Run the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.  Start | Run | Type dxdiag and view the Sound Tab.
  • View Microsoft KB Articles on the subject: 236396 and 140334
  • Make sure the correct output device is selected under Tools | Options | Devices | Speakers.

Note:  It’s a good idea to reboot after most of these changes before you think they can not working.

 

Guide To Error’s C00D11BA, 80040256, and 00040258 In Windows Media Player

 

Second Steps – Poor Sound Playback

  • If you have ctmp3.acm on your system rename it to ctmp3.bak.  This will allow Windows Media Player to use a fully compatible MP3 decoder.
  • Ensure the EQ Settings are off.  Under Enhancements | SRS WOW Effects.  Also check the Graphics EQ is off.  Play Speed Settings are also there, make sure it’s set at 1.0

Note: If nothing has helped you at this point find the Windows Media Advice or Windows Media Player FAQ that fits your problem and take a look at the suggests listed.

 

Locating Drivers

If you need help locating where to get the latest drivers for your sound card try the following.  Your Device Manager in Windows should supply the information assuming the sound card has been detected.  To access the Device Manager right click on My Computer and select the Device Manager tab.  In Windows XP go to the Hardware Tab and select Device Manager.

If you don’t know how to access the Device Manager or it doesn’t show your card, than the easiest thing to do is download a free utility like Belarc Advisor.  Run the installer then it will open a webpage for you.  Under Multimedia it will tell you the sound card or Audio Controller you have in your PC.  You may now go to that company’s website and download the drivers and reinstall them.

 

Windows Media Advice

Why doesn’t my sound work?

 

How do I fix sound device problems?

 

My sound device works but I still can’t hear sound. What should I do next?

 

I can’t play an audio file that Windows Media Player supports. What should I do?

 

Why do I get a “Cannot play the file”(C00D11BA) message?

 

Windows Media Player FAQ

Why do I hear audio distortion while playing an MP3 file?




WMP Help Articles Updated!

Many of the WMP Help Articles I have done have none been redone to add information from the Windows Media Player FAQ, Windows Media Player Common Error ID page, and the Windows Media Advice sections on Microsoft’s website.  For the most part, I kept most of the information that I have written to start with and just added extra links to the posts about related sections of the sites above.  The formatting of them has also been changed so they look a bit better.  Not all of them have been updated, but the heavy hitters have been.


If you have no idea what I’m talking about, click the side links to go back a month or so and you will see groups of WMP Help Articles posted.

More New WMP 10 KB Articles

FIX: Microsoft Windows Media Player 10 may not work correctly after you upgrade to Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;884373


The client cannot play back video, and multiple “401 – Access denied” error messages are logged in the Windows Media Services logs
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;885168


You receive a “Windows Media Player cannot convert the file to the format required by the device” error message when you try to synchronize video content in Windows Media Player 10 to a Pocket PC 2003 device
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;885213


When you try to play content that you do not have the codec for, you do not receive a message to automatically install the codec in Windows Media Player
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;884769


You receive an error message when you transfer protected Windows Media content to a Portable Media Center device
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;885944


How to determine the version of Windows Media Player
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;190990