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I recently re-installed windows and everything on it and besides this one issue everything is working much smoother again...

the only problem is that I cannot load windows media content (for example *.asx) within my firefox browser.

If i go to a page which embeds such streaming media, the media player never loads, and if i type the full url to the asx in the address bar, nothing loads.

I have "Windows Media Player Plug-in Dynamic Link Library" in my plugin list.

what might i have broken?

cheers, p.

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Do you happen to have VLC installed? – BloodPhilia Mar 14 '11 at 23:32
yes! but i disabled the plugin thinking it might be a conflict ... – pstanton Mar 14 '11 at 23:33
I'll post an answer in a second... – BloodPhilia Mar 14 '11 at 23:37
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VLC is known to break some Windows Media Player playbacks, disabling the plugin won't work. You can remove VLC entirely and re-install without the browser plugins. Also remove the Windows Media Player plugin and re-install that. That should restore proper playback.

If you do want to keep the VLC plugin, remove VLC and the WMP plugin, re-install the WP plugin and the re-install VLC. However on some occasions this does not fix the problem.

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thanks will give it a try and get back – pstanton Mar 14 '11 at 23:50
@pstanton Let me know! – BloodPhilia Mar 15 '11 at 0:00
i've uninstalled vlc and windows media player 11 but the wmp firefox plugin is still there. loading an asx now shows a black screen in firefox (instead of a white one before) but no video loads. am i on the right track still? should i install wmp again? – pstanton Mar 15 '11 at 0:24
@pstanton you should uninstall the plugin, not WMP itself... It should be available in your remove software window in Config panel as "Windows Media Player Firefox plugin" – BloodPhilia Mar 15 '11 at 0:26
no it's not in the remove program list, never was. i'm using xp. – pstanton Mar 15 '11 at 0:31

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