VLC media player does not support windows vista right out of the box. You need to tweak it in order to get it to display the video. Here is a how-to on configuring VLC on a Vista.

1) Open VLC.

2) Press CTRL + S to open a preferences box like one shown below.

How To - VLC Player configuration on Windows Vista

3) Click on the Video options from the tree.Check the Advanced options check box present at the lower bottom of the preference box.

4) This will enable a video preference option box like one shown below.

How To - VLC Player configuration on Windows Vista

5) Now, click on the Plus sign next to the Video option. It will give a detailed menu. Select Output Modules from the list. It will give the following options.

How To - VLC Player configuration on Windows Vista

6) Now, Select DirectX video Output function and save the settings by pressing ALT+S. Next, try to play a video and see if it is working fine or not. If not then follow the next step.

7) Else, select Windows GDI Video Output module and it should work fine.

Well if you are unlucky with both the options then the last resort will be to select Dummy video output function.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hello
    im having problems playing HD materials on the vlc player, some of the clips, where there is minimal movement it runs ok, but others are really jumpy and unwatchable…im working on Win Vista B, 2 intel Xeon E5520 2.27 GHz 16 cpu 12 gb of ram and a 3800 fx video card. it should runs smoothly but it doesn’t, can anybody help
    Sincerely
    Amir

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