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64 bit Ubuntu can not play wmv files. How can I fix it? I installed w64codecs but it didn't work. Thanks.

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From my experience, the wXXcodecs work with mplayer but not vlc for certain formats like wmv3, give gnome mplayer a shot. – user7182 Jun 11 '11 at 16:49

It will depend on the actual codec of the wmv file. I mainly use VLC and it can play most wmv files i have came upon.

HOWEVER - a DRM 'protected' WMV file - is not playable in anything other then windows media player from my experience.

You can get some info about the .wmv in question by right clicking on it, and selecting properties. Also most media players have menu items to give detailed infomation about the codecs used on a loaded file.

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Maybe you should give SMPlayer a chance,I'm not sure if it helps but try sudo apt-get -y install ubuntu-restricted-extras.

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