Friday, July 14, 2006

Decoder Error - The video decoder has either malfunctioned or is not installed.

A fresh install of Microsoft Media Center Edition 2005 may not have the necessary CODEC,as a result when you are trying to view Live TV then the Television won't display correctly and you will get the following error:-Decoder Error - The video decoder has either malfunctioned or is not installed.

Resolution:-

1]Download the Microsoft Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility .This utility will help you to determine if an MPEG-2 video decoder or, a DVD decoder is installed on your system and whether or not the decoder is compatible with Windows Media Player 10 and Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

2] Next you download and install compatible video decoder which will allow you to view TV without any prroblem.Nvidia,Cyberlink Power DVD,Win DVD or,Sonic will help.Personally I find Nvidia Pure Video is excellent.Remember you just need the decoder not the full or entire package.

Here is a list of compatible decoders:-

NVidia PureVideo:-
http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder.html

Sonic:-
http://www.sonic.com/products/Consumer/play.aspx

Cyberlink Corp:-

http://www.cyberlink.com/

Intervideo Corp.:-

http://www.intervideo.com/media_pack/jsp/Product_Profile.jsp?p=DVDXPack

*SourceForge :-

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=98765&package_id=105790&release_id=208928

*[The last one is Free]

6 comments:

stevenedge said...

thanks sooo much for that advice i tried the free mpeg2 decoder and it worked flawlessly

Sash said...

thank you this helped a lot!

Vote said...

You are awesome. This was the only thing that worked for me.

Ralph said...

thanks, it worked for mw too, after 4 weeks of trying almost every thing

Ralph said...

thanks, it worked for mw too, after 4 weeks of trying almost every thing

steven said...

Ditto to all the above comments. I spent alot of time and money chasing this down only to find your page all by myself. I installed NVidia gold with easy success. It works great too. Question, How come the HP tech support doesn`t know about this fix? I spent many wasted hours on the phone with them.. I also had my PC at Firedog for several days with no results.. Thanks again!