No sound when playing .wmv files

Vincent Trouilliez vincent.trouilliez at
Tue Mar 15 08:13:35 UTC 2005

> I have read all the replay(s) (until writing this of course!), and I 
> think the problem you have with some *.wmv/*.wma file(s) dose *not* have 
> any thing with the w32codecs!  See, FFMPEG have their own open source 
> wma1/2 (Windows Media Audio v. 1 and v. 2, and some times they are 
> called DivX Audio!) but, sadly, it doesn't work correctly on all the 
> files.  I have a lot of *.asf, *.wma, and *.wmv that plays the sound 
> just as you describe it (pops and clicks).  When I pass the option "-ac 
> divx" to MPlayer (which forces it to use win32' divx.dll file instead of 
> FFMPEG's which MPlayer prefer by default), the file(s) play fine!.
> As how to fix this, I really don't know (and I'm very sorry to say this. 
> The reason I replayed when I don't know how to help you is because you 
> (all) seem to focus on a problem that might not be the real cause!).
> FFMPEG are getting very good each hour (and I'm not exaggerating!). 
> Lately, I hardly find any files (that have WMA1 or WMA2) with problems 
> using their open source code (but be noted that I'm using FFMPEG's CVS 
> code, which is updated almost daily!).
> Maybe the next version of xine-lib will include a newer FFMPEG code 
> which will correct the problem.
> I hope this helps you (or any other reader).
> Ziyad.

Ah, thanks Ziyad. Looks more complex than I thought then. Still, hoping
Gstreamer will fix all this, ASAP (in time for Ubuntu 5.10 in october


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