Nice GUI comes up. Media Guide looks good. Menus work ok.
What does not
Playing any *.wmv file from hard disk or URL causes WMP to prompt for downloading a codec. A bunch of what looks like unicode garbage characters appear in the URL field as it tries to resolve the address.
Downloading and installing said codec proceeds without error, but the player behavior does not change after the install (still prompts you for the codec), but the way it prompts you changes slightly, indicating that perhaps this prompt for a codec is just trying to cover up the fact that it can't resolve the url (garbage characters in URL field). Right-clicking on the player and choosing properties gives you the actual URL without garbage so it does "know" where to go. It just has a little trouble converting to/from unicode somwehere...
Setting version to 2000 / 98 / XP seems to caue subtle differences in behavior.
Using native ole32. Builtin ole32 also prompts you for codec, only this time the window is blank.
What was not tested
Playing movie trailers from the Media Guide (stack dump)
Garbage rating for complete lack of usability.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||openSUSE 13.1 x86_64||Apr 18 2015||1.7.41||Yes||Yes||Garbage||Rosanne|
|Show||Fedora 17||Jun 19 2012||1.5.3||No, but has workaround||Yes||Bronze||an anonymous user|
|Show||openSUSE 11.4 x86_64||Apr 20 2012||1.5.2||Yes||Yes||Garbage||Rosanne|
|Show||openSUSE 11.1||Feb 26 2010||1.1.39||Yes||Yes||Silver||Rosanne|
|Show||Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Feb 15 2009||1.1.14||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Weston|
The easiest way to install WMP9 is with winetricks. http://wiki.winehq.org/winetricks
For mp3 playback to work, you must have 32 bit libmpg123 installed on your system and Wine must have been compiled with mp3 support. Not all distro packages have this. The workaround for lack of mp3 support in a distro package is to use the codec installed by WMP9 itself, l3codeca.acm. To do this, after installing WMP9 with winetricks, create a symlink named winemp3.acm in the wineprefix's /windows/system32 directory, with l3codeca.acm as the target.
Video playback does not work.