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perko87
06-21-2005, 05:30 AM
hi there
i have a bunch of mp3 files that cannot be played by WMP (error: Windows Media Player cannot play the file. One or more codecs required to play the file could not be found.) i have tried to convert the files using powerAMP with the error: "The CODEC required to decompress 'C:\\\01 I Like the Way.mp3' could not be opened."

size is 4.64mb, the mp3 tag indicates NO length :(
i dont know much more apart from converting files that can be converted lol

i have WMP 10 and heaps of codecs installed so i dont that is the issue however it might be. ive tried playing the file with winamp (crashed), itunes (didnt even recognise a file).

PLEASE HELP :D

-perko

ps: sorry if i opened a thread that has already been covered...i searched for 30mins anc couldnt find a similar case..

LtData
06-21-2005, 08:37 AM
What is the bitrate, frequency, and channels of this file? Can you convert this file to something else with dMC?

ChristinaS
06-21-2005, 12:14 PM
Would be interesting to know what program created this file.

Oh, and if it's something you donwloaded from someplace like Kazaa it's highly probable it's corrupted or worse, infected with a virus.

I'd open the file in Notepad and see the header. It may give a clue.

perko87
06-22-2005, 09:27 PM
bitrate = 0kbps (WTF) thats what it says in the explorer/details subsection thingy...i cannot find the frequency or the channels either. i downloaded this as a torrent file from a reliable source and i opened it with notepad..nothing there i scanned it for viruses...nothing either

i have had this problem before but normally u can just open it with dbpowerAMP and re-convert it and its all sweet but i cant convert it to mp3, wma, wav, monkeys audio, CLI, ogg...really weird. and i cant do the recording through the sound card because i cant play it...

any ideas? im not 100% sure if i can find the channels etc another way but if i can please tell me and i will be sure to get back here with the reply ASAP

-perko

LtData
06-22-2005, 09:51 PM
Have you tried the latest dMC beta linked below? It has an updated mp3 decoder.

ChristinaS
06-22-2005, 10:01 PM
You see noting when you open in Notepad? it should show some readable stuff in the first few lines of unreadable gibberish.

Copy and paste a few lines here.

neilthecellist
06-22-2005, 10:14 PM
If you can't, it's possibly a corrupt file; have you tried renaming to a different file extension? Where did this file originate from?

perko87
06-23-2005, 05:22 AM
there is nothing in notepad about 5000000 pages of blank-ness...
is it possible to change the filename in XP?? i didnt know u could do that i thought it was obsoleted lol oh dear me i do to much word processing

currently downloading the beta version of DBP....

no luck there i couldnt play it...no posible conversion. i think they might be fake's or something...i downloaded the torrent through ISO hunt...never had a problem with them before...any suggestions?

LtData
06-23-2005, 08:01 AM
If you open the file and it is just blank, your file is corrupt/blank. Try downloading another copy of the file.

neilthecellist
06-23-2005, 01:11 PM
there is nothing in notepad about 5000000 pages of blank-ness...
is it possible to change the filename in XP?? i didnt know u could do that i thought it was obsoleted lol oh dear me i do to much word processing


Open up any folder, click "Folder Options", hit the View tab, scroll down and find "Hide Extensions for Known File Types." Uncheck that.
Attached is a screenshot, it may aid you in fixing the rename feature of WinXP.

http://img277.echo.cx/img277/430/how7do.th.jpg (http://img277.echo.cx/my.php?image=how7do.jpg)
(Spoon: Is this bandwidth friendly for you?)





currently downloading the beta version of DBP....

dBpowerAMP Audio Player, or dBpowerAMP Music Converter?

ChristinaS
06-23-2005, 06:15 PM
The file is a dud. Better luck next time.

To rename a file you navigate to the folder where you have it in Windows Explorer, right click the file name and use Rename - then type in a new name with a new extension.

dMC also has a pseudo-codec for changing audio file extensions - to be used only when you know what you're doing and why.

But this will not fix the problem you have which is a corrupt file, a file of blanks, anything but audio data.

iTunesIsEvil
06-23-2005, 09:33 PM
(Spoon: Is this bandwidth friendly for you?)
The dbpoweramp domain doesn't even look like it's hosting the image, so there wouldn't be any bandwidth worries for Spoon. Unless we're talking about him being mobile with a horribly sloooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwww connection. :cry:

Other than that youve got a 152x130px image actually showing, which is uber-negligible. Or have I misunderstood the question?