No sound when playing .wmv files

Karl kaha at
Tue Mar 15 17:28:57 UTC 2005

The .wmv files that I'm having problems with have been on my hard drives
for over a year, and they played fine on my Gentoo box (I used Xine and
w32codecs). When I switched to Ubuntu, I'd backed them up to CD. Now, I
have the problem with the lack of audio.
I don't see how the change of distro could be the issue, as I'm using
the same software. This is what perplexes me.

On Tue, 2005-03-15 at 10:58 +0300, ZIYAD A. M. AL-BATLY wrote:

> Karl wrote:
> > Using totem-xine on hoary, I notice that audio plays correctly on all 
> > formats except .wmv files. All I get are intermittent clicks and beeps 
> > when playing these. Is this a problem with the w32codecs package?
> > 
> > -- 
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> > 
> > 
> 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.

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