Problem playing an avi file

JD jd1008 at
Thu Jul 15 02:45:27 UTC 2010

  I have an avi file which when played with any of the linux players:
xine, vlc, mplayer, ffplay, totem, ...etc
displays the message in the video window:
Codec Error: Use Windows Media player.
then it issues the message: Redirecting to microsoft download page.

I have never seen this happen before.

Has anyone else seen it? How to get around it?

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