Problem playing an avi file

Patrick O'Callaghan pocallaghan at
Thu Jul 15 04:24:16 UTC 2010

On Wed, 2010-07-14 at 19:45 -0700, JD wrote:
> 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?

What does "file youfile.avi" say? If it says "Microsoft APF", throw it
away. It's almost certainly a trojan and even if not you can only play
it under Windows.

If it doesn't say that, you may simply need a Windows-compatible codec.


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