How do I change the letter of a drive?

  • kaiserd2
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Post 3+ Months Ago

This is really a two-part question, one Windows, one Power Point, but I'll deal with the Windows part first.

I have a power point presentation that includes some video clips. It is easy to past an avi file into a slide. However, the problem is that power point will then look for the clip whereever it was when you pasted it in at the time of creating the slide. This makes life very difficult when you put the presentation (and the clips) on a flash drive and try to use a different computer. You get an error message saying, where is the clip?, and you have to find it for each slide--no good.
Now I created the presentation on my hard drive. Then I recreated it, in effect, on a flash drive on my home computer, and it worked there as well. But when I put the flash drive in a different computer I got the "where is the clip?" message again.

It occurred to me that that could be because the flash drive was the J: drive on my home computer but it's the E drive on this one. Perhaps Power point is looking for the J drive, which does not exist here. I know there is a way to rename the drive the J drive, but I don't have it with me--does anyone remember it? Thanks in advance.

Meanwhile the second problem is that while even on this second computer Windows Media player will now play avi clips, when I click the slides on the presentation, I only get sound, no picture. If anyone can help with that one I would appreciate it as well. Thank you.

  • Don2007
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Start, run, compmgmt.msc, disk management is where you change the drive letter.

I don't know about WMP. Have you tried another player?
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Does WMP play the clip correctly when the presentation isn't running?
Or won't it play the video at all on that other computer?

If it's the last case, you'll have to install a suitable video-decompression
codec for that clip.

There are some codec-packs around on the internet (I hear the CCCP-pack is
nice), but I don't want to recommend using these packs, since they can clog
up your system, especially if you'ld install several codec-packs at once.

I'm using FFDShow for years now and it seems to play about 90% of the clips
I come across (it's a DirectShow MPEG-4 filter codec that's also able to
decode many other encodings).
  • Official FFDShow-website (with older version)
  • Latest version of FFDShow on
If you don't want to use codec-packs or FFDShow, you could always use a player
that has its own codecs built-in, like VLC (Video Lan Client), although I'm not
very fond of it's bulky user interface myself.

To find out the used codec of a (AVI) clip, you can use a great tool called GSpot.

If you do have problems playing a clip and a presentation at once, while they play
perfectly on their own, I suppose you have an overlay problem with your video-card
(just a wild guess); disabling hardware-acceleration could be the trick (but might
also introduce bad playback quality...)



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