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#1 -Celestial-

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:25 AM

Most video file types are showing this icon when set to open in Media Player Classic:

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What's strange is that it only shows that icon in details and list view.

Any ideas on how to fix this?

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 06:01 PM

Not enough details.

What windows
What types (Extensions) for the video files?

Just for the heck of it what happens if you install VLC and use it?
It changes the Icons for supported files to look like a orange and white traffic cone.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 07:15 PM

Windows 7
The file types .avi and .mkv have the problem.

.mp4, .mpeg, .wmv, and .mpg do not have this problem.

When I set the file to open in Windows Media Player, VLC, or MPCStar, the correct icon is shown. So it's just MPC with those two file types.

For the record, I already reinstalled MPC, and I also rebuilt the Iron Cache.

Edited by -Celestial-, 16 February 2012 - 07:16 PM.


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Posted 16 February 2012 - 07:53 PM

how are you setting the file associations, with MPC options ?
you could try it in control panel -> programs -> default programs. or
right click -> open with

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:19 PM

I went through the MPC options and didn't find anything that would change it. MPC is the default program, that's how I see the icon. The files play fine, it's just the icon next to the name of the file.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:38 PM

not sure i understand. i am not talking about changing the icon, i am talking about the file association. normally, if a file is not associated with any program you get the generic looking icon you describe.

when you d-click the generic looking file, MPC opens and plays the file ?

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:48 PM

Oh, yes, MPC can play those file types, and it does when I double click the file. So I don't believe anything is wrong with the files, it's just how Windows Explorer is presenting them. In case you didn't read in the first post, the generic file icon only shows up when I'm viewing the files in detail, list, or small icon view.

Update ~ Now all video file types except .mpg are showing the generic icon.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:19 PM

weird ... i've done some looking and you are not alone. some icon programs have "fixed" it for some but this seemed the most promising :

Always seemed to have this issue with 7.

All the fixes mentioned above are not really going to fix the problem. The issue seems to stem from how Windows 7 handles the caching of icons. You need to increase the cache size and this should get rid of corruption:

1. Navigate to the following key in the registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

2. Create a REG_SZ (string value) called "Max Cached Icons" (omit quotes but include the spaces)

3. The default value is way too low(500). Bump it to 4096 (4MB) or more, I do 8192(8MB).(edit: you won't actually see a default value as this will be a newly created string, I meant to say it is default to Windows)

4. Reboot and you should be good to go.

paste from http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itproui/thread/d5efec0c-e967-4127-b217-15da34d7fb00

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 10:39 PM

Unfortunately that didn't work, unless the registry is supposed to look different than this:

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I tried to do some of the other solutions they post there, but I don't have an "Installer" folder in C:\Windows. Could that be the cause of the problem?

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 10:07 PM

Is installer folder hidden or gone ?

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 10:41 PM

Gone, or not in the location it's supposed to be.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 09:06 AM

well, who knows, icons can be stored in Installer folder. make sure you are showing system files also to determine that it is truly gone.

You could try:

run -> services.msc to see if windows installer is there and running.
download and install windows installer package.

then uninstall and reinstall MPC

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 10:13 AM

I found the Installer folder. System files were hidden so that's what I had to change.

That topic is for Microsoft Office icons so the download they provide there won't help me. I guess I need to find one for MPC icons and then put it in the Installer folder, right?

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 08:28 PM

maybe icon library is not installed or corrupt
http://forums.techguy.org/all-other-software/970940-solved-icon-library-media-player.html

mpciconlib.dll is the file you need in MPC folder

alternate library here

http://archangelx2.deviantart.com/art/MPC-HC-Icon-Library-v-2-265250286

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 09:34 PM

Worked like a charm. There wasn't any mpciconlib.dll to be found, so I downloaded it and put it in the mpc folder. This only started after I had to remove some malware and do a bunch of scans and cleanup procedures, so I guess it got deleted somewhere in the process.

Thanks for all the help.




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