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Topic # 29887 22-Jan-2009 13:14
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When trying to play mkv files with Windows 7 Media Center ai get an error that it cant find the file, which is a bogus error message, but just wanting to know if anyone has done this without any issues?

I've applied the reg settings to be able to view mkv files within W7MC but still unable to play them.  WMP12 can play the files fine and I've loaded Haali splitter and CCCP codec packs.

Any help is appreciated.

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  Reply # 191648 23-Jan-2009 19:45
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Firstly, welcome to Geekzone. Have you played the *.mkv files successfully with another PC? Or your existing with another OS? I have never used Windows 7 so can't comment on the structure of any playback issues. Mauricio may be able to assist there, as he has been playing this particular OS for some time.

Have you tried another player, like Zoomplayer. Or you could use Graphedit to see if you can render the file for playback. Download & open. Click on 'file>render media file'. Browse to the *.mkv file. If it opens, it will display the codecs used from the source file through the splitter to the video & audio codecs to video renderer. Try playing the file within Graphedit. If it plays I would suggest you have an issue with codecs on your system.

Personally, I am not a fan of installing codec packs. They tend to mess up a PC more often than not. Only install what is required for successful playback. See how you go. That is my personal opinion, others will disagree.

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  Reply # 192807 29-Jan-2009 22:02
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What reg settings are you referring to?


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  Reply # 192830 29-Jan-2009 23:08
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AceVPD: What reg settings are you referring to?

from memory its a key called "perceivedtype" and value "video" or something similar and its on the .mkv key.  I had to do this for my .mts files.  if the mkv files have an extension of .avi then they just seem to work.  perhaps McLuvin could try rename a file from .mkv to .avi and see if that helps?  BTW i'm pretty sure the reg hack doesnt work until after a reboot.

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  Reply # 193323 2-Feb-2009 04:56
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Yes - regedit and go into hkey_classes_root and then find the extension (e.g. .avi, etc). In that key is a key value called PerceivedType and you'll want to make sure its set to video.

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