Windows Media Player

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  1. taylorpc macrumors member

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    Whenever I try to open WMP, I get the message that the "aapplication quit unexpectedly". Every once in awhile, it wil open, but 90% of the time it won't. I tried deleting it and re-installing it, but it still does not work properly. Any thoughts?
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Yup. MS officially dropped WMP support for the Mac. You should look into Flip4Mac.
     
  3. Gymnut macrumors 68000

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    Well, I'm not sure as to why WMP is doing that, but to call the Macintosh version of WMP, which hasn't received an update like in forever, good software would be charitable. The lack of scrubbing and when pausing and playing clips sometimes causes the video and audio to be out of sync. Fortunately there are plenty of alternatives.

    http://mplayerosx.sourceforge.net/
    http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv.htm
    http://www.videolan.org/

    All free of course and I use 'em all as I do come across the odd file that stubbornly refuses to open.
     
  4. taylorpc thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the info! I'll be downloading one or all of those programs tonight. One more quick question... I tried throwing WMP in the trash and then emptying it, but it says "cannot complete process because _________ file is blocked" (all things to do with WMP). How do I unblock them so I can delete WMP from my system forever?
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Blocked? I think you mean locked.

    Hold down Option as you select Empty trash.
     
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  7. taylorpc thread starter macrumors member

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    ooops... yeah I meant locked. Thanks for the info!

    Problems with flip4mac eh? I'll try the other app... thanks!
     
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    I m currently using flip4mac and dont have any problems. I have hundreds of wmv files downloaded from the net. All of them work with this plugin.
     
  10. taylorpc thread starter macrumors member

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    Uh oh... option + empty trash didn't work. What am I doing wrong?
     
  11. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

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    VLC is capable of handling some older versions of WMV... it's often touch and go.

    Once the Flip4Mac problem gets fixed, I'd recommend using that, as it performs quite well.
     
  12. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000

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    I recommend Flip4Mac. I use iLife '06 and haven't noticed any problems with it and Flip4Mac yet.
     
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    I'm in the same boat as the others. I use iLife '06 and haven't run into any problems with Flip4Mac. What is it that it seems to be having problems with?
     
  14. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Does it say locked or in use when you try and empty the trash?

    You should be holding down Option and then choosing (and holding) Empty Trash from the Finder pull down menu.
     
  15. taylorpc thread starter macrumors member

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    No, it says locked, and then when I press the continue button, it keeps bringing up aspects of WMP that are locked and cannot be thrown away. I held down option, selected empty trash, and it still will not let me. Hmm, weird....
     
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  17. taylorpc thread starter macrumors member

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    Where is that found? (Sorry, I am at work and my mac is at home).
     
  18. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Right below "Empty Trash" in the Finder pull-down menu.
     
  19. taylorpc thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks so much! I'll try on my lunch break and report back...
     
  20. taylorpc thread starter macrumors member

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    Success! Thanks for all your help. WMP is gone. Goodbye and good riddance!
     
  21. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000

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    Well, Flip4Mac started causing QuickTime to crash, for some reason. I was watching a few .mov files and it would just crash randomly while watching them. Deleted Flip4Mac and now it doesn't crash on the same videos.

    I guess it's back to Windows Media Player for .wmv files.
     
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    Is it the latest version? People have been having trouble with the download from Microsoft. :(
     
  23. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000

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    Yep, I was using 2.0.1.

    Honestly, I'm willing to deal with the crappyness of Windows Media Player, since it doesn't interfere with QuickTime. I just wish Microsoft would have made a decent version of it for Mac, or at least fixed a few bugs and made it run better before they decided to abandon it. Anyone that has WMP for Mac, go try to change the skin to "Modern." That will crash WMP if you're on Tiger.
     
  24. taylorpc thread starter macrumors member

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    I wouldn't mind using WMP at all, but I could only get it to open maybe 5 or 10 percent of the time. You'd think there'd be an acceptable Mac version, but hey... c'est la vie!
     
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