I've had a lot of shows on my computer for a couple years. They have always played fine with windows media player (yes, I know, gag me too, but you can't argue with function), when it had the right codecs involved, etc. One of my friends burned a whole episode of a show for me and said some wouldn't play without videoLAN/VLC, so I downloaded it. I'm using win2000 pro.
1st issue that I don't really care about anymore: Some of the stuff on the cd hung my computer up for hours and never played. This made it unhappy. Some did play.
Bigger issue: After a week or so of this, vlc and windows media player *both* stopped displaying video. Actually, I'd see a 1 second flash of video at the beginning of something I'd watched like 10 times before, and then just blackscreen, almost like something was overlaying it. Sound has been fine. Perhaps more oddly, if I play with stuff for a while, I can sometimes get one or two files to display sound (though that's it), and then the next day it refuses to.
At some point I uninstalled and reinstalled vlc, but it didn't help.
Some guy told me he had this problem, he blamed it on confused codecs, and reformatted his hdd to fix it. I'm not planning on reformatting. Any ideas? I don't want to install more codecs unless I can get rid of crappy ones first, but don't know how to do that.
Also interesting though hopefully unrelated: I ran a MAJOR defrag about this time as well (something like 60% to 6% fragmented)