Playback of some audio files, video files (with additional codecs), and streams.
What does not
Volume control, seek bar, Media Library, and media search tool do not work.
Player hangs or aborts if a CD is loaded.
Many of the web-based interfaces and links don't work due to the target pages being removed from the server.
Many file formats will not play in spite of GStreamer support.
Desktop menu entry created by installer does not work. Working directory path needs to be set.
Native version of wmplayer.exe is required else the player does not start.
Native version of wmvcore.dll is required else the player will error when attempting to open any file or URL.
What was not tested
Installing "allcodecs" with winetricks can improve support of some file formats.
Xubuntu 17.04 x86, Intel Pentium D 3.46GHz, GeForce 8600 GT with Nvidia 340.102 driver.
wine-devel 3.0~rc4~zesty from dl.winehq.org
wine-staging 2.21.0~zesty from dl.winehq.org
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jan 05 2018||3.0-rc4||Yes||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Jeff D. Hanson|
|Show||Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jan 03 2018||3.0-rc4||No||Not installable||No||Garbage||Jeff D. Hanson|
|Show||Gentoo Linux||Oct 28 2007||0.9.48.||Yes||Yes||Garbage||Alexander Nicolaysen Sørnes|
|Show||Gentoo Linux||Mar 17 2006||0.9.10.||Yes||Yes||Silver||Alexander Nicolaysen Sørnes|
|Show||Gentoo Linux||Feb 20 2006||0.9.8.||Yes||No||Garbage||Alexander Nicolaysen Sørnes|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|44266||Seek bar does not respond correctly to adjustment in Windows Media Player 6.4||NEW||View|
|44268||Volume control non-functional in Windows Media Player 6.4||NEW||View|
|44274||Windows Media Audio and Video 8 codecs installer needs sfc.dll.8||NEW||View|
|44281||Windows Media Player 7.1 installer EULA scrolled down completely||NEW||View|
|44282||Windows Media Player 7.1 installer component selection listbox erratic||NEW||View|
|44301||Stack overflow in Windows Media Player 7.1 when CD inserted||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|44302||Windows Media Player 7.1 media library is not functional||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|44303||Windows Media Player 7.1 media search tool does not function||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|44304||Windows Media Player 7.1 desktop menu entry does not work||UNCONFIRMED||View|
Set Windows version to Win98 using winecfg. The installer will abort if set to WinMe and will not install anything if set to a newer version.
Execute the installer. Afterwards the Wine version of the following files need to be replaced from those in the installer. Wine blocks the overwrites during installation so they have to be extracted from the install package and copied manually. Most any archive manager can extract the files if cabextract is installed.
…/Program Files/Windows Media Player/wmplayer.exe
A library override needs to be set with winecfg for wmvcore.dll (native).
If the desktop menu entry (*.desktop) created by Wine does not work or loads the old 6.4 player, it can be started from a terminal:
WINEPREFIX=/home/… wine start.exe /d '/home/…/drive_c/Program Files/Windows Media Player' /unix '/home/…/drive_c/Program Files/Windows Media Player/wmplayer.exe'
It can play some audio files and streams. Installing "allcodecs" with winetricks can help but ie6 may be needed to work around bugs with the former.
winetricks -q ie6 allcodecs