Why does VLC media player only show a black screen when my videos are fine?

Don B July 28, 2013
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I have a computer running Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) and VLC media player. VLC was working fine. I got hit by lightning and had to put a new hard drive in and re-install Windows. I re-installed VLC media player and no matter what type of video (AVI, MP4, FLV, MKV and so on) I try to play the screen just comes up black.

I do get the sound and if I do a capture screen in VLC the picture DOES show the video that I am trying to watch. I can take the same files and play them on VLC on my second computer in my room and they play fine. I have had this computer for 2 years and have used VLC on it without problem for all these years. I tried installing Shark007’s Advanced Codec Pack and Shark007’s 64-bit Advanced Codec Pack to see if it was a codec problem and it did no good.

I am stumped as I have run VLC on 6 different computers over the last few years and have never had a problem with it. All are running Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) and the same version of VLC. Can anybody lead me in a direction to start look at what the problem might be. Any help would be greatly appreciated. VLC is the latest version also.

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  1. Justin Pot
    July 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I'm betting the problem is video drivers. Open the Device manager to check which drives you need – you'll find it by right-clicking your computer in Windows explorer, then clicking "Properties". There's a button for Hardware Manager at top-left. Good luck, sir.

  2. Oron J
    July 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    it sounds to me like, when changing your motherboard you also changed your graphics card (this may have been built into the mobo, or on a separate card), and what is happening is that VLC is unable to use the video-acceleration features of your new card.
    First thing, make sure you have the most up to date video driver for your system, and try again. Secondly, if this did not help, look up the VLC WIKI (http://wiki.videolan.org/Documentation:Documentation) or the Videolan support forum to see how to change the video acceleration features of VLC. There are a number of switches to do this, and the details are quite technical, but don't give up!

  3. Hovsep A
    July 28, 2013 at 8:29 am

    have you tried another video player to see if you can play movies like Media Player Home Classic
    http://mpc-hc.org/

    check your nvidia driver version and update if necessary
    http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Scan.aspx

    • Don B
      July 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      I tried Gom Media Player and it did the same thing so I then knew VLC wasn't the problem. This started me thinking and I *thought* I might of updated my video drivers during the new install so I went back and reverted to an older version of my video drivers and voila, it worked. Thanks much, it is appreciated. I will mark this one closed.

  4. Bruce E
    July 28, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Uninstall VLC. When doing so, tell it to remove all associated data. Reboot the computer and reinstall VLC. Try opening a video again to see if the issue is resolved. If it isn't, check your video drivers to make sure they are not the problem as there are occasionally issues with the latest drivers and rolling back to the previous version sometimes fixes the problem. NVIDIA tends to be good about letting users know on their website when something like this happens, but I'm not sure about others. In any case, it doesn't hurt to check it out.

    You can also try to open the file in WMP to see if it is a codec issue at all (probably not), but if it works there, you know that the proper codecs are on the machine and the problem lies elsewhere.

  5. Krishna P
    July 28, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Well you need to then download some really required codecs for your VLC player. else you can even download the latest version of VLC Player from here. I hope you will get it. Well you need to then download some really required codecs for your VLC player. else you can even download the latest version of VLC Player from here. I hope you will get it. http://www.tecnigen.com/2013/07/21/download-vlc-player-latest-version/

  6. Krishna P
    July 28, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Well you need to then download some really required codecs for your VLC player. else you can even download the latest version of VLC Player from here. I hope you will get it.

    http://www.tecnigen.com/2013/07/21/download-vlc-player-latest-version/

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