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Error Messages and Other Problems

Some of  the clips give me "Requires Vids Rx.x to run."
You need the required video codec.  Check the Codec Page and follow the links to the codec zone.


Some MPGs play too fast?
It's a discrepancy between the video and audio rates, with video racing to keep up.  See if you can adjust the frames per second in your player to 15 or thereabouts, or try VMPEG 1.7.



MMSYSTEM296 errors? 
This question comes up so often, that it has become known as The Error.  Most likely, Active Movie sneaked into your system and trampled something.  Try reinstalling all the multimedia stuff from your Windows 9x CD.  If that doesn't work, some things to try:
1.  Uninstall ActiveMovie.  Double check your registry and make sure there is no trace of it.
2.  Reinstall DirectX.  The drivers can be found at Microsoft's website or on many game CDs.
3.  If these don't work, this is how I fixed my 296 error.  Assuming you have the WIN95 CD:
(a) Edit your autoexec and remove the REM-By Windows setup in front of your CD ROM driver.
(b) Reboot and when "starting Windows 9x" appears press F8.
(c) Choose the "step by step confirmation" option.  Answer yes to all prompts.
(d) Switch to your CD drive and type setup.
(e) Reinstall 9x over the existing 9x.  MAKE SURE you choose to replace ANY video related files that exist.
(f) Reinstall the newer codecs, i.e. 4.3, 5.0.
The only problem with this method is you will most likely have to reinstall your graphics card and sound card drivers, unless WIN9x setup does a good job of picking them automatically.  On the plus side, you should not have to reinstall programs since you are installing over the old 9x.

There is also a Powertoy available from Microsoft that will let you extract just a certain file from the .cab files on the WIN95 CD.  If you can, try it first.

And another answer:  The below MAY be of help, Your Mileage May Vary. Always make many backups first, don't complain I didn't warn you!

MMSYSTEM296 error while playing some AVIs is caused by missing registry entries.  Installation of some programs (e.g., Active Movie from my experience) seems to delete these entries.  The following entries should exist in your registry (if they aren't there, create them):

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\avifile EditFlags 00 00 01 00
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\avifile\Compressors\auds (default)"{0002000F-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\avifile\Compressors\vids (default)"{00020001-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\avifile\Extensions\AU (default)"{00020003-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\avifile\Extensions\AVI (default)"{00020000-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\avifile\Extensions\WAV (default)"{00020003-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\avifile\RIFFHandlers\AVI (default)"{00020000-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\avifile\RIFFHandlers\WAV (default)"{00020003-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
USE at Your Own Risk!
As with any registry modifications, care should be taken to back up the registry first.  Many tools available on the net for doing this. The simplest is boot to MS-DOS Command Prompt and make copies of the two hidden files system.dat and user.dat.


Other "Found this" file types
CD image files, such as :
*.DAO (Duplicator)
*.TAO (Duplicator)
*.ISO (Nero, BlindRead, Creator)
*.BIN (CDRWin)
*.IMG (CloneCD)
*.CIF (Creator)
*.FCD (Uncompressed)
*.NRG (Nero)
*.GCD (Prassi)
*.P01 (Toast) Don't Confuse this with Par files !
*.C2D(WinOnCD)
*.CUE (CDRWin)
 
*.CIF (DiscJuggler)
If your intent is not to burn these to CD, or if your CD burner software can't handle the format, there is a nice little tool called ISObuster that will open the format for you.


Making Requests in the discussion group When you need to show a Picture along With it 
Nothing Worse than having a picture of a hot item, and not being able ask for it in the text group. This is an easy way to do it, and while taking a few more steps, is almost guenteed to produce a favorable response from those you most want to get help from.
All the following examples are using Agent as your news reader, but any news reader out there can easily do the same once you know how to "show all headers".
1. Post the desired clip or Jpg to Alt.binaires.test. While some would say the Repost group and others even the main groups (abme and abnme), this kind of posting is no different than any other off charter posting. There's enough spew and spam without well intentioned requester's adding to it.
2. Wait until the post appears on your server and dowload it. Then, making sure that you have "show all headers" checked, find the message ID for the post(s) ( in XNews, it's VIEW / show all headers )
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3. Copy all the messages ID to your scratch pad, then place them in the body of your request. Then post.
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4. Anyone that has time can click on your message, get the message id or email pop up, select message id and be taken straight to your picture, whether or not they subscribe to the posted group.
It's the fun way, and saves everyone time and bandwidth.




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