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Chapter 3. Graphics Annoyances > PLAYER SOFTWARE ANNOYANCES

PLAYER SOFTWARE ANNOYANCES

PLAYBACK CONTROLS SEEM DISABLED

The Annoyance:

I opened Windows Media Player to play back a video, but I found many of the controls-and even some clips-disabled.

The Fix:

Ah, this seems like a cache problem. Windows Media Player (WMP for short) stores basic information about each clip you play (such as the clip length). WMP uses this cached information to optimize playback performance the next time you play the clip. It's a slick system when it works, but when you change or replace a clip (perhaps with an updated version), WMP continues to use the old cache information. This can mess up the player controls, or disable the clip entirely.


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