media player won't play 2.9Gb avi file

Media player plays all the avi files normally except couple bigger files.

One of them is 2.9 Gb and it starts loading and then error.

Is it too big for proper buffering?

I would be suprised if file size is the prolem.   I would expect it to be related to the reslution and bit rate of the file instead.

It could very well be.

Does anybody know what the max resolution or bit rate is?