When you attempt to play an .avi file in Windows 95, an error message
similar to the following may be displayed in the playback window, with
diagonal lines in the background:
Video not available, cannot find 'vids:cvid' decompressor.
The exact text of the error message may vary, depending on the type of
compression that was used to compress the file. In particular, the "cvid"
portion of the error message may be replaced by "rt21" or "msvc."
Video compression is not installed in Windows 95.
Install video compression by following these steps:
- In Control Panel, double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon.
- Click the Windows Setup tab.
- Click Multimedia, and then click Details.
- Click the Video Compression check box to select it, and then
- Click OK.
NOTE: If the .avi file you want to play was not compressed with
compression software that is compatible with the compression software
included with Windows 95, the resolution described above may not resolve
the problem. To play an .avi file that was compressed with third-party
compression software, contact the manufacturer of the compression software
to obtain the codec necessary to decompress the file.
Video compression is installed when you use the Typical or Portable option
in Windows 95 Setup, but is not installed if you use the Compact option.
The files that are associated with video compression are: