vcd ( .dat files ) playing problem on win98 SE

Discussion in 'Computer Software' started by seshu, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. seshu

    seshu *

    Hello Techies & Friends
    I am unable to play VCDs with .dat files on my multimedia system
    from 12 Feb 2006 (sunday) . I am using Windows 98 SE .

    the error messages are :

    Real One Player (ver 2.0) ->
    A General error has occured :
    The source filter for this file could not be loaded.

    WinAmp (ver 5.04) ->
    MCI error : incompatible media

    And an expert from a vcd manufacturing company responded that
    my OS could be corrupted .
    I have reinstalled the OS . the problem still exists .

    I have installed the vlc player able to play vcd s only thru it .

    what could be corrupt on my system ? I am keen to correct it .
    please help me .

  2. IceFusion

    IceFusion Well-Known Member

    how r u runnig the media...directly from the cd or after copying it on the hdd...
  3. seshu

    seshu *

    IceFusion ->

    I have tried both methods . And I am able to run thru the

    vlc player ( it has its own plugin codecs ) .

    In particular I want to run the vcd s thru the RealPlayer . And

    I reinstalled it also .

    Thanks for your interest

  4. Neotheone

    Neotheone Well-Known Member

    get all the latest drivers(display/sound/directx) , if your hardware is old, and no newer drivers are available ,then find and install an older version of real player, that might help if the player is facing compatibility problems with older hardware.
  5. seshu

    seshu *

    Thanks Neotheone for your interest in my problem .

    I think my HW is not old . I have P4 2.6GHz on intel

    Mother Board And all its Drivers are upto date .

    I was able to play the vcd s on the same Hardware

    till recently . And the problem appeared suddenly .

    I doubt if the basic video codec is missing or certain

    driver is corrupted . I am unable to find it .

    BTW I have reinstalled the real player . I still have the

    problem .


  6. IceFusion

    IceFusion Well-Known Member

    well which version of realplayer do u have ??
  7. seshu

    seshu *

    RealOne Player

    Version 2.0

    Helix Powered


    I knew that recent update is available .

    And I am satisfied with my version .

    Earlier I was able in playing the vcd s thru it .

  8. Amol

    Amol Active Member

    Use mediaplayer classic.
  9. seshu

    seshu *

    Thanks Amol

    I have recently downloaded the vlc player

    and it is working fine for the vcd s .

    I am curious to correct the corrupted file(s) /

    the codecs on my system sothat I donot get

    any problem in accessing the media thru my

    tv tuner card .

    ( I can use the remote control only for the tv tuner card sw

    which was playing the vcd s till the 12 Feb 2006 . Now It is

    not playing the vcd s alone )

  10. seshu

    seshu *

    I would like to know the exact source filter file(s)
    required for playing the dat files in the win98 SE .
    please help me .

  11. XipeTotec

    XipeTotec New Member

    Run it thru GSpot, I've found most (maybe all?) dat files are just some form of mpg files :)

    BTW I would NEVER use real player for ANYTHING..real sucks. I use either powerdvd 6, media player classic or zoomplayer professional.
  12. shahbaaz_vision

    shahbaaz_vision Active Member

    dude straight way open the files with media player2 use openwith then select mplayer2,n thats it ,it will start playing but check ur display drivers i.e. go into desktop properties n go to settings keep desktop resol to minimum 800X600 n 16bit minimum colour depth .
  13. 6pack

    6pack Well-Known Member

  14. seshu

    seshu *

    My sincere Thanks to all for your help .

    I have checked it on the wmp (ver 6.4) on windows 2000
    partition and it is playing the vcd dat files .

    Filters in use were :
    And on my win 98 SE , I played a .mpg video file on the
    wmp (ver 6.4) & found that the above filters are in use .

    does It mean that the codecs are okay on win 98 ?
    what could be the problem on my win98 ! why I am
    getting the error that source filter not loaded !


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