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Real Alternative 2.0.2
on 26 October 2011 , reviewed by: Daniel Arbib

# 153

I note that Real Player has now got into bed with AOL so I have had to look at Alternative to rid myself off the infernal AOL advertisement that Real Player now supports

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Real Alternative 2.0.2
on 23 October 2011 , reviewed by: chenur

# 152

@ETPhHm

LOL what a bummer for you with the hassle heh heh heh. interesting that you do mention about your experience with K-Lite Mega Codec Pack installation but you know, K-Lite Mega Codec Pack has already had Real Alternative integrated onto its core components and it was mentioned on wikipedia.org as well. you dont need Real Alternative at all if you had K-Lite Mega Codec Pack installed on your computer. but again this only applies for version Mega Codec Pack of K-Lite. others are not.

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Real Alternative 2.0.2
on 14 October 2011 , reviewed by: ETPhHm

# 151

I can't give it a 5-star rating because when you install it, if you have RealPlayer already installed, it will tell you that you should uninstall it before proceeding and then asks you if you want to uninstall it now?

When you click yes, it fails to remove all the garbage left over by RealPlayer, and then after it proceeds to the installation of Real Alternative, it fails to install the core components. Now some would argue that it uses RP's uninstall data so it isn't RA's fault. But I say then why does it check for things that RP leaves behind? Version 1.90 does not.

They either should not check or do the final bit of house cleaning of RP trash before attempting to install. Not a good install routine on 2.02. The following was my journey to resolve this on my own:

I am running Windows XP SP3. I have been using Real Alternative for years and never trusted RealPlayer after I saw how horrible it takes over your system.

About 4 or 5 months ago, I installed Google Chrome because IE v.9 does not support XP and v.8 is buggy. Chrome installed RealPlayer as a BHO while I was asleep at the wheel and then I started having problems playing .smi .rp and .rm files from my computer.

I uninstalled RealPlayer (BHO my @$$, RP had installed the whole program), but it left a lot of stuff behind after the uninstall (d@mn those people, Real jerks). My MPC wouldn't play Real files at all (MPC - "unable to render file").

I uninstalled MPC and tried to reinstall Real Alternative 2.02, but it wouldn't allow me to select the core components for RealPlayer during installation.

After searching a bit on the internet, I found advice that directed me to go into my Program Files and Documents and Settings folders and delete the subfolders associated with RealPlayer, and also use a registry cleaner to try cleaning up what RealPlayer left behind. This did not work for me either and I was still unable to install the core components for Real Alternative 2.02.

The only solution I have found was to install K-Lite Mega Pack 7.8 and install the MPC Home Cinema v.1.5, then intall Real Alternative 1.90 into the same folder where Home Cinema is located, but I unchecked the MPC player during the install and just let the drivers install into the MPC Home Cinema folder. Apparently, version 1.9 of Real Alternative does not look for RealPlayer garbage left behind as 2.02 does. But that wasn't all...

Then I had to go into MPC Home Cinema "options" and install the external filters for RealAudio, RealMedia, and RealVideo. Finally, I had to associate the formats with the MPC player. All that works and I can play Real files now, but I just can't install the updated core components in RA version 2.02.

Anyone else experiencing this issue? I am sure there is some RealPlayer crap hiding somewhere on my computer but so far I am unable to find it. There is a registry entry that some have found by searching "WoW64" which is thought to be a leftover by RealPlayer after an uninstall, but this value or key is not in my registry.

UPDATE: I was using jv16 Power Tools and used its Registry Manager which has an Add/Remove menu utility... I scanned down the list in that and saw RealPlayer 12.0 still showing up there, so I deleted it and voila! I can now select the core components on the Real Alternative 2.02 installation. That alone probably wouldn't have solved the problem but along with all the other housekeeping I had to do to get RealPlayer off my system, it all finally worked.

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Real Alternative 2.0.2
on 02 September 2011 , reviewed by: Elizabeth

# 150

This absolutely will not play .rm files for me, I re-downloaded the one I was trying to watch and downloaded 4 others from just to check. It simply will not work. All it will say is "Connection to server could not be established. You may be experiencing network problems."

I'm rating this as "awful" since the only reason I downloaded Real Alternative was to play these files on Media Player Classic and it is not preforming it's only task.

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Real Alternative 2.0.2
on 14 August 2011 , reviewed by: kojith

# 149

the only problem i have is the one with the previous real player. how can i find the registry key, and how can i get rid of the 'rpshell.ddl' file in there, as it's refusing to let me delete it

1) Install ubuntu on to a USB flash drive (1G minimum size) by downloading the ubuntu .ISO file from ubuntu.com/download

2) Boot off the USB drive. Just boot, DONT click on the install icon that appears on the desktop

3) Under the Places drop menu you should see your HDD. *Traverse to the file and delete it. Ubuntu shouldnt a damn about the attribute bits that windows has set on the file to prevent it from being deleted.

4) After deletion, remove USB drive and reset computer to get back to Windows.

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Real Alternative 2.0.2
on 14 July 2011 , reviewed by: screwrealplayer

# 148

First, excellent program.

Second, for those who can't select RealMedia core components when installing v2.0.2:

If your system is 64-bit, you installed RealPlayer and then uninstalled it. Just like Steve said in the previous post, RealPlayer left some registry entries so that Real Alternative will be blocked.

I used Process Monitor to see which registry entries are checked when installing Real Alternative 2.0.2, there is only one registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\RealPlayer 12.0

RealPlayer seems forget to delete the WoW64 uninstall registry key. Just delete the "RealPlayer 12.0" key, and Real Alternative 2.0.2 will function correctly.

(Real Alternative actually also checked "RealPlayer 6.0" an "RealPlayer 10.5".)

So there is no need to use a registry cleaner like Free Window Registry Repair (I don't mean Free Window Registry Repair is not good, just because there will be hundreds of errors after scanning, I don't know whether all of them can be deleted.)

Installing Real Alternative 1.90 is another solution, but v2.0.2 has a much better performance, so personally I don't recommend it.

BTW, RealPlayer is the worst software I've used. After installing RealPlayer, you can't use other player to play .rmvb files, there will be no audio. (There is a "cook.dll" trick to solve this problem.)

What "surprising" me most is that when RealPlayer is playing .rmvb file, the video is so pixelated, just like a piece of sh*t.

Not to mention the bad UI design and the commercials on it.


It took me a whole afternoon to figure out the solution of the problem. I've installed and unistalled RealPlayer, K-Lite Mega/x64, Real Alternative several times before I found that Real Alternative DIDN'T select the RealMedia core components when installing...

And I swear I will never ever install and use RealPlayer again, it's like a nightmare.

what is the cook.dll trick? I need to use it to view rm movies with audio, and google isnt coming up with anything.

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Real Alternative 2.0.2
on 06 July 2011 , reviewed by: steve

# 147

Excellent codecs, but one of the problems I had when installing this on a second PC was that the Real Alternative 2.02 installer would not install the core components.

The reason for this is because I had previously installed realplayer on that PC. Even though realplayer was already uninstalled, the registry entries were still there and blocked 2.02 from installing correctly.

There are two workarounds for this issue:

1. Use a registry cleaner and clean your registry of realplayer entries. I used free windows registry repair from regsoft, and after the 2nd sweep was able to installed 2.02 correctly.

2. The second workaround involves installing the previous version of real alternative (1.9 I believe)

For anyone who is also having this issue, I hope this helps.

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Real Alternative 2.0.2
on 14 February 2011 , reviewed by: totti

# 146

excellent program this thing works great. i use only firefox as my browser and have detected no problems so far.
Forget the REAL real player, it $uck$ because of that extra crap and commercials.

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Real Alternative 2.0.2
on 29 December 2010 , reviewed by: chonburi

# 145

Excellent program. I found only one glitch. It won't self terminate with Replay Radio at the end of a broadcast. Otherwise it streams just fine and works beautifully.

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Real Alternative 2.0.2
on 28 August 2010 , reviewed by: RadioLover

# 144

Still running this most excellent project after 3 years.
Not only is it light and easy, but Media Player Classic has turned out to be a most useful alternative to VLC for those weird flv and avi muxes that just won't run nicely in VLC.

Updates may be installed over existing installs; the installer detects all settings very well.

Final note: Media Player Classic running in XP SP3 has been listed as vulnerable to the MS DLL Hijack vulnerability - via the iacenc.dll (an intel system32 library) through .mka or .ra or .ram extensions.
http://www.exploit-db .com/exploits/14788/

Watch out if you have that library in your system32 directory. Don't run such media from, for example, untrusted web sites.

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Real Alternative 2.0.2
on 25 August 2010 , reviewed by: Sinorok

# 143

Uninstalled it once, can't reinstall the core components the option in the setup stays gray and can't select it pls help

so do i

on 10 Mar 2011 , by no realplayer

I am also having trouble installing it on one of my machines, where by the core components and others are greyed out, which results in me being unable to use VirtualDubMod for RVMB.

on 23 Mar 2011 , by Guest

Please have a look at my post dated October 14, 2011. Should answer a lot of your questions and help you solve this.

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Real Alternative 2.0.2
on 28 May 2010 , reviewed by: Greg

# 142

@Doug Mounter

Microsoft made the 32-bit version of WMP the default on Windows x64 for a good reason: compatibility.

Same applies to MPC. The 32-bit version is the recommended one, even on x64 version of Windows.

There is no 64-bit version of Real Alternative.

Alternative decoders for RealMedia (as found in for example K-Lite Codec Pack x64) can only handle the video. There is no 64-bit decoder for COOK audio available yet on Windows.

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Real Alternative 2.0.2
on 28 May 2010 , reviewed by: Doug Mounter

# 141

Doesn't seem to work with the 64 bit versions of Windows Media Player or Media Player Classic - Home Cinema x64.

Is there a 64 bit compatable version?

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Real Alternative 1.90
on 14 July 2009 , reviewed by: assaoui

# 140

Excellent program. I found only one glitch. It won't self terminate with Replay Radio at the end of a broadcast. Otherwise it streams just fine and works beautifully

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Real Alternative 1.90
on 10 July 2009 , reviewed by: GuN

# 139

I love this program as I do QT Alt and MPC, but would really like to see a new version released that will work with IE8.

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Real Alternative 1.90
on 29 June 2009 , reviewed by: Chris Waller Massie

# 138

I can't rate this as anything above 1 seeing as I'm unable to use this, due to the fact that it's not a codec, it's an application - rendering it open to the limitations of applications such as not working cross-platform, through different operating system versions, and having to use this "codec" to replace your current media player, instead of enhancing it.

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Real Alternative 1.90
on 09 May 2009 , reviewed by: haldo

# 137

i always used real alternative ... but now it's not working with explorer 8.
does anybody know if this is fixable?

thank you

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Real Alternative 1.90
on 07 May 2009 , reviewed by: RH

# 136

Downloaded Real Alt and "installed" it...no icon on desktop; and when I try opening the program from my progam listing nothing happens. I have a Vista64, so (notwithstanding that it's supposed to run on Vista) I presume it doesn't work on this Vista version.

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Real Alternative 1.90
on 16 March 2009 , reviewed by: rem

# 135

it is nice software, but i notice that the rmvb or real media files when i play it direct o windows media player 9 - 11 and it on seek bar of the media player is irresponsive and when ya try to move it it return to the start of the media or it pause automatically version 1.41 is better that 1.90 varsion in performance, yap it has thumd nail but that thumb nail sometimes generate error screen in windows

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Real Alternative 1.90
on 13 February 2009 , reviewed by: jd

# 134

couldn't locate where favorites are stored ... in order to select another location ... because everytime i clean out cache etc favorites are lost ... thus favorites is totally useless appendage ... if anyone has the answer would appreciate hearing it here ...

no condescending techno/geek speak please ... ie in plain english, with specific sequential steps ... such would be helpful, and appreciated

i use real alternative 1.90 and windows xp professional

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Real Alternative 1.90
on 15 December 2008 , reviewed by: libertyfelix

# 133

This worked great for me. But I sure could use a similar fix for Windows98!

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Real Alternative 1.90
on 10 October 2008 , reviewed by: kyosuke01

# 132

It's small and fast and plays .rm files on my xp system; what more could I ask?

I agree with comment 22 Apr 2006 | Written by: Graham, that after clicking Stop, there's no way to Play other than closing RA and clicking the filename in Explorer. A pain in the ass and so noticeable it should have been spotted immediately by the developer and fixed. Havent tried any previous versions so don't know if this bug occurred in any.

Havent tried the Mozilla/Firefox plugin.

I'm GLAD this app UNINSTALLS Real Player, which was installed on my machine by the vendor.

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Real Alternative 1.84
on 15 September 2008 , reviewed by: aymanaldeb

# 131

It won't stream files, which is a big drawback for me.

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Real Alternative 1.82
on 29 August 2008 , reviewed by: Michael Scott

# 130

First, my most sincere thanks to all of those who have built and promoted Real Alternative and QuickTime Alternative. Thank you...your work is deeply appreciated.

However, two small but important problems seem to have popped up with Real Alternative 1.82.

I finally pulled Apple QuickTime and installed QuickTime Alternative 2.6.0. Next, I installed Real Alternative 1.82 as an upgrade to Real Alternative 1.51.

Now, when I listen to ra/ram streams, each file/track takes upwards of 30 seconds to load. Under 1.51, 5-10 seconds is typical. There have been no changes made to my configurations other than those which accompany 1.82.

The second problem is that embedded MIDIs, which used to play on page load do not play at all. I am presently using Firefox 2 and don't want to upgrade to Firefox 3 until this issue sorts out.

Any ideas? Has anyone else noted either of these problems or have I inadvertently clobbered my configurations?

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Real Alternative 1.82
on 09 August 2008 , reviewed by: Mark

# 129

Well, just want to say that I am very pleased of Real Alternative - I used to have lag problems with the streaming of .rm files, but not anymore. :) Works smoothly and I can avoid all the spam that is involved with Real Player.

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Real Alternative 1.82
on 07 August 2008 , reviewed by: Michel Merlin

# 128

I installed Real Alternative 1.60 in Sep 2007; it's OK, excepted that when clicking a Real .RAM file, it uselessly asks me if I want to run it; this was acceptable in 1993, but is no more in 2008.

Today I downloaded RA 1.82. Since it doesn't tell me if I must or not, I 1st try uninstall 1.60; but this requires I 1st close all IE and WMP windows.

Hey, we are in 2008, i.e. 20 years after Windows is sold as "multi-tasking": my PC has been up for weeks, I have 83 buttons on my Task bar (in addition to the myriads apps and services running without my knowledge), of course I won't close all this just to update a tiny program I can live without.

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Real Alternative 1.80
on 18 May 2008 , reviewed by: hollie

# 127

i'm sorry are there any teaching about this thing?
i'm stuck in the setup, are there any setup instruction that i could follow?

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Real Alternative 1.75
on 14 April 2008 , reviewed by: Santosh

# 126

Real Alternative 1.75 is the best substitute for Real Player. But how do you create a PLAYLIST in Real Alternative. Can anyone please help.

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Real Alternative 1.75
on 21 March 2008 , reviewed by: Gary

# 125

I had RealProducer G2 installed on my PC. Right after I installed Real Alternative, G2 stopped working. I reinstalled it but, then, Real Alternative stopped working. Only one works. As soon as I install one, the other stops working.

There is nowhere to turn for support. :(

Gary

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Real Alternative 1.75
on 29 December 2007 , reviewed by: Rainer

# 124

Very nice piece of software. I had some issues with Windows Vista though. If you run a multi-user environment the installer does not replace all paths in the registry. You have to replace all occurences of C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\ with C:\Program Files\Real Alternative in the registry yourself. Otherwise Real Alternative won't load correctly for other users. (Media Player classic can't open files without admin privs, so does Internet Explorer. Firefox crashes when trying to load the plugin.)

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Real Alternative 1.60
on 15 November 2007 , reviewed by: fethi

# 123

EXCELLENT

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Real Alternative 1.60
on 20 October 2007 , reviewed by: Pharmaserve

# 122

1.52 using MPC..work fine with "smi,smil" stream media...BUT 1.60[with MPC] Cannot play the stream file...
anyone can help??
thx a lot~~!!

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Real Alternative 1.60
on 09 October 2007 , reviewed by: Dave

# 121

I got an older laptop that well its older lol i cant run to much at once and windows media player was using too much resources, I love this player, plays all my MP3s and without any problems!!!!

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Real Alternative 1.60
on 04 October 2007 , reviewed by: mn

# 120

So far this program has been a real answer to alot of REAL problems ive had. And Now i dont have to download that spyware ridden crap that is impossible to get with. Im not sure if this is a program made by a guy in his bed room, and not a large multinational software company, but if so, thanks dude, thats another blow to 'em!

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Real Alternative 1.60
on 27 September 2007 , reviewed by: prabhakar

# 119

Dear Friends

its fine but it has one problem using real alternative for video streaming it takes some time for buffering.
If any one knows to avoid or reduce buffering time
pls inform me through my mail id.

if any one help thanks a lot



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Real Alternative 1.60
on 18 September 2007 , reviewed by: winwin

# 118

Be carreful Real Alternative 1.60 doesn't work on WINDOWS 98 or Me !!!

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Real Alternative 1.52
on 17 August 2007 , reviewed by: Radio Free Dexterdyne

# 117

Most excellent package thank you.

The included media player is very good. Spend some time with the file extensions settings - you can point pretty much anything at it.

Test your playback at my dot.org box anytime:

http://www.dexterdyne .org

Cheers from the stormy north atlantic!

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Real Alternative 1.52
on 10 June 2007 , reviewed by: rik

# 116

how come that whenever i view .rm files the audio skips a couple of times?

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Real Alternative 1.52
on 04 June 2007 , reviewed by: Ronzbonz

# 115

Nice Player!!!
Recomended to install it

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Real Alternative 1.52
on 17 April 2007 , reviewed by: matt

# 114

I have been using this a few years now, after I got fed up with Real Player always adding it processes to startup, and always trying to make connections even when specially diabled all those options.

Anyway this is a must have program, and is a great way of getting MPC on top. Works with every Real media file I have used, so no problems there.

I have read some info on the net that it might not be leagl using this pogram, but i don\'t care as its much better than the orgional Real Player.

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