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AVI files may include ADPCM audio stream encoded with one of the ADPCM codecs. You can use GSpot tool to get information about the types of codecs in your media files. If you have problems with ADPCM audio playback (for example, in AVI files), then you must reinstall default codecs.

Usually, ADPCM codec must be present on your Windows system, it is a part of the standard system build. Incompatibilities are known to exist with some of the components in third-party codecs that can cause serious playback issues. Use caution when installing unknown multimedia software on the Internet. Before installing any digital media components, set a system restore point. The restore point enables you to return to your original system configuration, if necessary.

How to install ADPCM codecs by reinstalling default components in Windows XP.

If the Microsoft ADPCM CODEC is absent, install it using the Add New Hardware tool in Control Panel. To do so, follow these steps:

Step 1.   Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.

Step 2.   Double-click Add New Hardware, click Next, select "Yes, I have already connected the hardware", and then click Next.

Step 3.   Choose "Add a new hardware device" at the bottom of the list and then click Next.

Step 4.   Select "Install the hardware that I manually select from a list" and click Next.

Step 5.   Select "Sound, video and game controllers" from "Common hardware types" list and click Next.

Step 6.   Select "Standard system devices" from "Manufacturer".

Step 7.   Select "Audio Codecs" from "Model".

Step 8.   Click on "Have Disků" button.

Step 9.   Click the "Browse" button in the "Install From Disk" window. Go to the folder C:\Windows\System32. Select mmdriver.inf file and click Open. Click OK in the "Install From Disk" window.

Step 10.   Click on "Continue Anyway" button if a warning pops up.

Step 11.   A list of codecs appears in the window. Insert the Windows Installation Disk into CD/DVD-ROM. Select Microsoft IMA ADPCM audio codec, and click Next to install.

Step 12.   Select and install other standard audio codecs.

Step 13.   Reboot PC.

ADPCM is a standard windows codec. You can also try to recover your system components by reinstalling DirectX or by using Codec Installation Package:

Click here to download this package from the Microsoft website

Codec Installation Package is for network administrators who want to deliver support for the latest Windows Media Audio and Video codecs for enterprise computers running Windows Media Player 7.1, Windows Media Player for Windows XP, Windows Media Player 9 Series, and Windows Media Player 10. If you do not have Windows Media Player 9 Series or later installed and cannot play content by using the Windows Media Video 9 or Windows Media Audio 9 Voice codecs from a Player embedded in a Web page, consider downloading the codec installation package for Windows Media Player 6.4 as well..

You can play media files with ADPCM using free MPlayer for Windows: MPUI Home Page

How to install ADPCM codecs by reinstalling default components in Windows 7 / Vista.

Step 1.   Click Start -> Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features -> Turn Windows features on or off.

Step 2.   Go to "Media Features", uncheck the "Windows Media Player". Click Yes.

Step 3.   Reboot your PC.

Step 4.   After that, click again: Start -> Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features -> Turn Windows features on or off.

Step 5.   Go to "Media Features", tick the "Windows Media Player" and "Windows Media Center" boxes, and click OK. Multimedia components will be reinstalled.

Also, we recommend you to install Windows7 Codecs or Windows Vista Codecs.

ADPCM codecs in Ubuntu Linux

Install free MPlayer. Make sure you have Internet connection. Open terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal). Enter the following command: sudo apt-get install mplayer*

Next, go to Applications > Sound&Video > Mplayer Movie Player.

MPlayer supports media files encoded with the following ADPCM codecs: SEGA CRI adx, AMV IMA ADPCM, Quicktime IMA ADPCM, IMA ADPCM, MS ADPCM, Duck DK3/DK4 ADPCM, 4XM ADPCM, Westwood IMA ADPCM, EA ADPCM, EA MAXIS XA ADPCM, XA ADPCM, Yamaha ADPCM, THP ADPCM, ADPCM Flash-variant, Creative ADPCM.

ADPCM codecs in Mac OS X

Quicktime Player natively supports decoding of MS ADPCM and IMA 4:1 audio streams. You can upgrade Quicktime Player from here: Quicktime Home Page

Alternatively, you can also harness the power of free MPlayer for Mac OS X: Click here to download MPlayer OSX Extended

Types of ADPCM codecs

Standard IMA ADPCM (Description)

The Interactive Multimedia Association (IMA) developed high-quality algorithms for audio processing. These algorithms are used by many software companies.
Manufacturer: Interactive Multimedia Association.

Microsoft IMA ADPCM

Variation of ADPCM algorithm, can be used in WAV, AVI, ASF, and even Apple Quicktime files.
Manufacturer: Microsoft (
Microsoft Audio ID: 0011
FOURCC: m s 00 11

Microsoft ADPCM

Variation of ADPCM algorithm, used in Microsoft software products.
Manufacturer: Microsoft (
Microsoft Audio ID: 0002
FOURCC: m s 00 02

Microsoft XBOX ADPCM

Manufacturer: Microsoft (
Microsoft Audio ID: 0069

Apple Quicktime IMA ADPCM

Quicktime media files may include mono or stereo IMA ADPCM audio stream.
Manufacturer: Apple (
FOURCC: ima4


It is used in CRI's popular suite of middleware, on some game consoles. There's also Sofdec files, Sega FILM files (Sega Saturn), and ADX file container with CRI ADPCM audio stream.
Manufacturer: CRI (


It is used for compressing 8-bit unsigned PCM. Invented by Covox for use with the Covox Speech Thing, Sound Master, and other Covox sound output devices.
Manufacturer: Covox.

Creative ADPCM

Variation of IMA ADPCM. It is used in Creative Voice (the VOC file format).
Manufacturer: Creative (

Dialogic IMA ADPCM

Used in VOX and OKI file formats. Variation of the standard IMA ADPCM algorithm that is optimized for monaural voice data with 3:1 compression ratio.
Manufacturer: Dialogic, Oki
Electric Industry (
Microsoft Audio ID: 0010 Using the ADPCM Algorithm in Dialogic Voice Processing.


Variation of IMA ADPCM algorithm. It was used in some Sega games.
Manufacturer: On2/Google (,
Microsoft Audio ID: 0062, 0061

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