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How to Fix Problems With Video Playing on My Computer

by Suvro BanerjiUpdated September 28, 2017

More and more users are opting to watch videos on their computers. If you are one of them, you may have experienced occasional disruptions while watching a DVD or an online video. There may be several reasons why you may be experiencing problems with videos, but you can usually fix them by following a few troubleshooting steps.

Check the video file. If your video file is corrupted, your media player will most unlikely be able to play it. Navigate to the location where you video file is stored. Right click on it and select "Rename." Type a different file name, but make sure it has the same file extension, such as .avi or.mpeg or .wmv. Sometimes a simple rename can fix issues with video files. If this doesn't work, go to the next step.

Use a video-fixing software program. Video Fixer, ASF AVI RM WMV Repair, and Video Repairer are some of the many out there that can fix a corrupted video file. See Resources to make a selection and install the program. Launch it and click on the "Add File" on the top menu to locate the video file that is not working. Click on "Fix" to complete task. If this doesn't work, go to the next step.

Check your media player. Make sure your media player is launching properly. If it doesn't, reinstall the program. A corrupt media player may produce problems while playing videos on your computer. If the media player does open as it normally would, go to the next step.

Update your media player. Sometimes a backdated media player can cause issues with video play. Click on the "Help" tab and select "Check for Updates."

Update your video and sound controllers and drivers. Click on the Start button and select "Run..." Type "devmgmt.msc" without the quotes and hit the "Enter" key. This will launch your Device Manager. Scroll down to find "Sound, video and game controllers." Click on the little plus sign to expand the list. Right click on your video or audio device and select "Update Driver Software..." Follow the prompts to update your sound and video drivers.

Update your display drivers. Go back to your "Device Manager." Scroll down to find "Display adapters." Click on the little plus sign to expand the list. Right click on your display device and select "Update Driver Software..." Follow the prompts to finish the update.

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