On a company-issued PC (Dell Latitude D630 running Windows XP SP3), using PowerPoint 2003 (11.8324.8324) SP3. If I embed a video of any supported type (WMV, AVI, MPEG) using a Media Player OLE object, the video does not visibly play when the presentation is in Slide Show mode. It also does not play if I right-click and select "Play". Sometimes, but not every time, you can hear the audio from the file, but the video never plays.
This can be reproduced on every PC in my department, all Dell laptops of various vintages running the same version of Windows and Office.
Embedding itself works. For instance, I can embed a SWF file as a Shockwave Flash object and it works perfectly.
We can hyperlink to the same videos and they play fine, but it's clumsier and not as elegant or useful.
Any suggestions on how to proceed would be much appreciated.