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Mediagate codec question

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I tried to play one of my MST3K season 1 files (not encoded by me) and it wouldn't play, then the next episode played ok, then the next one didn't. I would think that all were encoded the same way, but I'm not sure how to figure that out.

I loaded one of the files that didn't play into VLC and here's what the Stream and Media Info window (Advanced Information pane) said:

Stream 0

Codec: MP42


Type: Video

Resolution: 480x360

Frame rate: 29.970000
Stream 1

Codec: mpga


Type: Audio

Channels: 1

Sample rate: 44100 Hz

Bit rate: 128 kb/s

Duration: 1:31:08

Anyone know what I can do? Would a firmware update help with this or should I just burn to DVD or watch on the computer? As always, thanks.
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I like MediaInfo (freeware) to discover the type of video I'm struggling with. Lacking that or some similar program, you can use VLC on a file that does play on the Mediagate to see how it's different.

That said, I have no idea what the problem is. It's so easy to flash new firmware, that is certainly worth a try, particularly if you're on 1.4.4. (1.4.5 is the latest.) All of my mpeg4 files played fine once I renamed them to avi.

To get more help, perhaps you could tell us what "wouldn't play" means. Do you get an error message? Do you look at a blank screen? Is there sound? What is the filename extension on these files?
I'm guessing that "MP42" is Microsoft's MPEG-4 Version 2 codec. But I've never seen the label before.
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