can not create directshow player

  Mr DJ 17:12 27 Oct 2005

hi guys and gals.
ive been having this problem for the past 4 months.
i am a moderator on a forum and when i click on various video links i get the message "can not create direct show player".at the top left of the box its got "npdsplay". even video ive uploaded from my computer gets the same error message but it plays fine when i go to my video folder. ive been told its something to do with windows media player.
im running xp home with service pack 2 and have got windows automatic updates activated. im also using mozilla brouser.when i try using internet explorer i do not get the error box but just a blank screen.
as a novice at computers how do i change my default player from wmp to see if it still causes the same problem using another player. or is this a well known problem that can be rectified.
thanks in advance.

  Splork 17:15 27 Oct 2005

This is mainly for Firefox, but covers similar ground

click here

  Splork 17:17 27 Oct 2005

Windows Media Player Plug-in Dynamic Link Library
Look for `npdsplay` in the following page

click here

You may need to re-associate some filetypes

  Mr DJ 17:27 27 Oct 2005

thanks very much splork for the very fast responce.

  Mr DJ 23:41 12 Nov 2005

tried all of the above except going in to the registry (not clever enough to do that) but still same problem. do you think a total re install will solve the problem?
or would it be worth trying another player as my default and if so how do i change it.
ive got real player, quick time, div x or inter actual player.

  VoG II 23:49 12 Nov 2005

A repair might be more appropriate click here

  Mr DJ 23:54 12 Nov 2005

cheers VoG
never heard of this repair before. ill give it a go when i get a couple of hours spare.

  ashdav 00:15 13 Nov 2005

I don't really want to blow my own trumpet here

  ashdav 01:53 13 Nov 2005

Uninstall Realplayer and Quicktime first

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