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Post Posted July 15th, 2006, 9:45 am

I have a new XP Media Center PC. I could not get the WMP plugin working with the manual plugin install procedure in the sticky topic.

I noticed note 7, regarding the European XP edition 'N'. THinking that XPMC is newer than XP N, I wondered if that patch would fix my problem. so I installed the patch in the note: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/deta ... layLang=en

It's working fine now.

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Post Posted July 15th, 2006, 12:09 pm

(For the record) "Note 7" is listed here: http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic ... #ConfigWMP

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Post Posted July 15th, 2006, 1:17 pm

Thanks, I probably should have set those links in the OP.

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Post Posted July 15th, 2006, 1:44 pm

People have reported varied results when trying to get the WMP plugin working in XP Media Centre. While I'm sure I've seen instances where it has worked, I have seen many where it hasn't.

XP N is XP with all native media playback abilities stripped out. XP Media Centre is the opposite - its designed to play media. Its surprising that they would intentionally remove support for the WMP plugin, because in doing so they are limiting its intended functionality.

Still, its good to know that this will fix it, so thanks - I'll add it to the guides in the morning.
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Post Posted July 15th, 2006, 2:03 pm

It's a toshiba preload of XPMC. It's likely Toshiba hosed the load of all MC components. Unfortunately Toshiba only ships a restore disk, not original media for a fresh install.

Thinking about it, a patch to install native media support should include everything missing from poor choices during an initial installation.

Now, to find the correct drivers to make counterstrike playable...

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Post Posted July 16th, 2006, 6:27 pm

Just wanted to mention that installing the OLD Windows Media Player Plug-in for Netscape Navigator, available here is also reported to work in WinXP Media Center. See:
http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?t=439703
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Post Posted July 16th, 2006, 11:17 pm

Well then, it must be also missing one or more of the other files in that pack; ADVPACK.DLL, plugin.inf, W95INF16.DLL, and W95INF32.DLL.
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Post Posted July 17th, 2006, 11:34 am

Also, "npds.zip" is contained inside wmpplugin.exe, and it looks like that file also gets copied to C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player. I have a copy there, as well as in my Netscape 7.2 plugins folder, where the other WMP plugins are located.

Here are the contents of the wmpplugin.exe plugin.inf file, in case it helps:
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[Version]
Signature   = "$Chicago$"
AdvancedINF = 2.5, "Your setup subsystem is outdated.  Please install IE 3.01 or greater."
 
[DefaultInstall]
RequiredEngine=Setupapi
CustomDestination=WMP.Destination
CopyFiles  = CopyFiles.DLL
RunPostSetupCommands = TriggerPropagate
 
[DestinationDirs]
CopyFiles.DLL        = 49300 
DefaultDestDir       = 11 

[TriggerPropagate]
%17%\unregmp2.exe /Plugin

[WMPDirectory]
HKLM,"%KEY_MEDIA_PLAYER%","Installation DirectoryLFN","",""
,,,"%CONFIRM_ERROR%",""

[WMP.Destination]
49300,49301,49302=WMPDirectory,7

[SourceDisksNames]
8112 = "Windows Media Player Plug-In Install",,0
 
[SourceDisksFiles]
npwmsdrm.dll=8112
npdsplay.dll=8112
npds.zip=8112
 
[CopyFiles.DLL]
npwmsdrm.dll,,,97
npdsplay.dll,,,97
npds.zip
 
 
[Strings]
KEY_MEDIA_PLAYER = "Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer"
;////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
;// Only localize strings below this line
;////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

CONFIRM_ERROR = "You must have Windows Media Player 5.2 or greater installed before you can install this software."
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Post Posted July 17th, 2006, 12:08 pm

npds.zip contains class files for (I think) controlling the plug-in through a Java applet
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Post Posted July 17th, 2006, 12:12 pm

I peeked inside npds.zip and saw those .class files.

Anyway, I don't know why the WMPplugin.exe installer works while simply copying the plugin files to the browser plugins folder doesn't. Either the individual downloaded files were defective or, possibly the plugin .dll files need to be inside the C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player folder? Just guessing at this point.

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Post Posted July 17th, 2006, 12:47 pm

It's probably the other files in the WMPplugin.exe installer
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Post Posted July 17th, 2006, 4:11 pm

Could be registry entries are needed to configure it, which would be set by the installer run.

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Post Posted July 17th, 2006, 4:29 pm

Could be. The plugin.inf file does refer to
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[TriggerPropagate]
%17%\unregmp2.exe /Plugin
and a google seach for "unregmp2.exe" came up with:
http://www.justtext.com/processes-tasks ... 2-exe.html
Shown below are the description and disk location of unregmp2.exe.
File purpose and description:
This program is from Microsoft and is related to their WMP (Windows Media Player Software). The actual file location is also listed below, the main purpose of this software program is to update information in the registry related to the video player <snip>
File or folder location:
This file will be found on your hard drive at C:\WINDOWS\inf\unregmp2.exe

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Post Posted July 25th, 2006, 12:36 pm

After having a couple days with my new Toshiba P100 w/Media Center and PULLING MY HAIR out because I couldn't play/hear internett radio on it. I had several mails back and forth with my main internet radio provider, but to no awail. For some reason (as you ALL know), WMPlayer WOULD not open in Firefox. I searched and searched AND then I found you people!!

After trying out a couple of sites, I found everything in working order........THEN WINDOWS Update wanted to "update" something on my laptop:

http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=59278

Basically :

Version: 1.0
Summary

Who should read this document: Customers who use a Microsoft Windows Media Player plug-in for non-Microsoft Internet browsers

Impact of Vulnerability: Remote Code Execution

Maximum Severity Rating: Important

Recommendation: Customers should apply the update at the earliest opportunity

Security Update Replacement: None




I have two questions:

1. Does installing this "update" make the problem return?

2. Did MS purposly include this"upgrade" to stall the spread (they probably see Firefox as a virus... ;) ) of Firefox?

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Post Posted July 25th, 2006, 3:54 pm

1. No, it updates the WMP plugin npdsplay.dll to version 3.0.2.629 as stated in the
"Security Update Information" section of the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-006 you referenced, which is also linked here:
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Windows_Media ... rity_alert

2. On the contrary, Microsoft is doing Firefox and other browser users a good turn by patching the security vulnerability in the WMP plugin :)

P.S. So, Sebastian, which solution did the trick? Installing the OLD WMP plugin for Netscape Navigator, available here or the first fix?

In either case, if Microsoft then offered to update the WMP plugin for you, that's excellent!

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