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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mysterious "Server Execution Failed" Errors When Playing Video Files

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 12:00 PM

Don't you just hate it when you either have a computer problem that's so unique, you can't find any mention of it in Google, or if you do find it, the "solutions" are so generic and vague they're all useless? I've been seeing the above error for months when using Windows Media Player 12 on Windows 7 to open and play video files. I've found other people complaining about the same problem, but the solutions presented don't apply to me (I don't run AV software on any of my computers). The basic problem is that: I'll double-click on a video file - and it can be any format, at any resolution - and Windows Media Player 12 will start to play the file. The file will play, and I'll click on the "X" to close the program. I'll double click on another video file, and every now and then, I'll stare at the spinning blue circle for 15 to 30 seconds, then I'll get the above error. It seems to happen on every computer I have, and I'm not sure if it's related to third party software - I don't tend to run stock Windows 7 for very long before I start to load my favourite applications. Any other Windows 7 users seeing this problem and know of a fix?


Monday, November 30, 2009

Come on Picasa, Kick Your Quicktime Addiction!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 12:00 PM

Picasa is a truly superb program for digital photo management, and the fact that it's free makes it even better. I'm using it more and more now that I've added Facebook and Smugmug functionality into the program, but I noticed something odd when I installed it on a Windows 7 system: it refuses to recognize any sort of MPEG4/h.264 videos unless Quicktime is installed. This made sense on a Windows Vista computer, where native support for those file types was lacking, but Windows 7 has superb support for MPEG, h.264, Divx, and Xvid video files. So why would Picasa require Quicktime to be installed in order to support playback of these files? I don't know enough about how the MPEG4 codecs are implemented in Windows 7, but I'd be very surprised if there was no way for third-party applications to take advantage of them. So come on Picasa, make the most of what Windows 7 has to offer and free users from having to install the always-in-need-of-an-update Quicktime. Please?


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