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Hello there!

I recently got a video on VCD, which plays allright on my old p133 laptop. It will only play in a small window and is a bit out of sync with the sound, so I would really like fast and full-screen on my pIII500.

It doesn't seem to work though. I have a DVD drive and a CD-R drive installed. The software is Sony Videopress lite 1.20.xx and on autorun, it just hangs. If I try and rund the application through windows explorer and play the movie, I get the error, "Invalid MCI device ID. Use the ID returned when opening the MCI device."

Does anyone have an idea what to do?

Thanx in advance!


-- Eric Flynn (, September 20, 1999


That Sony Videopress is an app on some VCDs designed originally to autorun upon inserting VCDs into a PC, and then play said VCD. Settops ignore this app. However, as you've found out, it just hangs, like it does on a lot of other PCs. What you have to do now is to INSTALL right on the PC HDD a dedicated MPEG player software. Xing 3.30 is one viable candidate. If you have Win98, its media player can play MPEG-1 clips, such as the .dat files on a VCD without fuss.

-- EMartinez (, September 20, 1999.

You do need a VCD Program,There are some nice VCD programs out there. You want a program with a "Play Video CD" menu. That is why I don't like Windows Media Player, (where you have to open the *.dat file) I have some internet addreses here to download some VCD Players.

Power VCD (Freeware) 1.44 MB

Xing MPEG Player (DEMO) 1.58 MB

Good Luck!

-- Jay (, September 20, 1999.

Both of the url's posted by Jay (20 Sep 99) bomb out.

-- Andrew D (, December 28, 2000.

Trialware suggested by Jay (Sep 99) still available at site, although URL is changed.

-- (, January 24, 2002.

I have the same problem .. and i installed the Xing player but it gives me the same error

-- sdq70 (, April 04, 2002.

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