(Not BSOD) WMPlayer hangs, intermittently, inconsistently, unpredictably

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  1. highmeadowhiker

    highmeadowhiker New Member

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    Is there another section in this forum for discussing apps hanging, rather than causing a BSOD? Or is this the right place?
    Operating System: MS Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
    CPU: Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.67GHz
    RAM: 9.0GB Triple-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz 7-7-7-20
    Motherboard: DELL Inc. 0X501H (CPU 1)
    Graphics: Dell 2209WA(Digital) on NVIDIA GeForce GTS 240
    Hard Drives: 640GB Western Digital WDC WD6400AAKS-75A7B2 (IDE)
    300GB Maxtor Maxtor OneTouch II IEEE 1394 SBP2 Device (1394)
    Optical Drives: HL-DT-ST BD-RE BH20N
    PLDS DVD+-RW DH-16AAS
    HP Virtual CD 4607 USB Device
    Audio: Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio


    Something is changed or corrupted: For the first 9 months of using this computer, purchased with the OS preinstalled, MPG files opened, by default, with Windows Media Player 12, and ran as expected. Now, I get intermittent failures and successes, mostly the former. I went to the MS download site, and learned that there is no download of just WMP12, because it is part of Win7.


    I have never experienced these problems with WMP11 on WinXP.


    A common sequence of events is: A given MPG (a home movie clip created using Roxio) opens and plays as expected. I close WMP, and open the very same file. WMP virtually hangs with “opening media” phase never completing and the file never playing. So, I close WMP by clicking the X in the upper right corner. Task Manager shows “Default IME Not Responding.” I kill/end it in Task Mgr. Sometimes WMPlayer.exe is still a Process, though WMP is not in the Task Mgr application list. Sometimes I get a “Server execution failed.”


    It has always been my experience that if I “open with” Windows Live Movie Maker, instead of the default WMP, the file plays as expected. They also “open with” VLC Media Player, and play as expected, tho I do need to select Audio Track 2. Therefore, I decline to blame the MPG file, but something to do with WMP.


    Please know that in accordance with some forum posts, I have used services.msc to disable Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service.


    The failure of WMP to open MPG files is intermittent, inconsistent, unpredictable. I activated this computer in January, and the problems are only in the past 2 or 3 weeks. Please give me a clue to solving this issue.
     
  2. JMH

    JMH Senior Member

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    Highmeadowhiker welcome

    There are several possible causes. Codecs, system corruption, configuration conflicts.

    My first suggestion is to run a system file check to verify and repair the Operating System

    SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker


    Let us know if you need further assistance

    Jan
     
  3. highmeadowhiker

    highmeadowhiker New Member

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    SFC reported that there are some corrupted files. My Dell came with the Win7 as "OEM" and the only disk they sent me was for a deadly destructive so-called restore disk that takes the computer back to day One. For many, many reasons I am quite unwilling to wipe out my hard drive. I find posts that tell how to repair corrupt system files, but only if you have an appropriate installation DVD. Other than pay the significant dollars for a Win 7 Pro 64-bit installation DVD, do I have alternatives?

    Further, so far I have been unable to open the CBS.log generated by SFC; "denied"
     
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    I followed the link. I may have gotten off the correct track in the chain of links. I downloaded and installed Final Torrent, Version 2010, Bitware Software. I took the link with the paperclip and words Windows 7 Recovery Disk 64-Bit (x64) Edition, then up comes "opening Windows 7 64-bit Repair Disk.torrent"
    The radio button selected is "Open with Final Torrent"
    As I proceed, Final Torrent opens, but then I need to enter a search phrase. No matter what I have entered, I always get "No results . . ."
    So, my present level of understanding is inadequate. Apparently I need baby-step instructions to make the correct navigation through the links. I have been making bad guesses.
    View attachment Torrent 3.pdfView attachment torrent 2.pdfView attachment Torrent 1.pdfView attachment Torrent 4.pdf
     

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