|Thanks for responding Derek.|
I’ll try to give you some answers to your questions in the order they appeared:
1. Have you tried opening a .wav file on your current media player (rather than Sound Recorder) and if so does it work?
***My current media player is Windows Media Player and I get error 80040256 when I try to open any .wav file. I went to My Computer-View-Folder Options-File types-wav sound, and it does open with mplayer2, so Windows Media Player is the default to play .wav audio files. The Windows startup sounds, error sounds, dings, etc, all work so they must use a different default.
2. It is important that file versions used in replacements match the media player otherwise you might get unexpected results. CD file versions sometimes only apply if the media player has never been updated.
***That’s what I’m very concerned about. If a conflict occurs, I could end up causing more problems.
I don’t want to end up with no sound at all. The Windows function CD player and basic Windows sounds all seem to work. Apparently they use a default other than WMP. I need a few of the basic Windows sounds for another program. It uses the ding sound and is working fine at this time.
What you have is Windows Media Player 2 which is version 6.4.07.1124 (and the file msdxm.ocx should cary the same version number - not always the case with software).
As far as I can tell WMP2 is installed with Windows and there is no uninstall/install feature.
***Yes, this is exactly what I have and I couldn’t find any un-install feature at all.
The msdxm.ocx file version on the W98SE CD is 6.01.05.0217 and if this also matches the WMP2 number then presumably there have been some updates.
So, as your msdxm.ocx file version is correct then you can try registering it if you wish (not usually necessary).
***I have a backup computer that also runs Win 98 SE, with the same version of WMP, and that’s where I got the msdxm.ocx file from to replace the missing file in this computer.
You type this in the Run box:
Note the single space just after 32. It will either say it has done it or it can't.
***Ok, I just typed that in the Run box and it gave me an error message that says:
“Cannot find the file “regsrvr32” or one of its components”
It seems very hard to believe that WMP issues have any bearing on why you cannot move the slider on hardware acceleration, which relates to graphics card/driver. You could go to Device Manager and remove the display card entry and reboot I suppose. Windows should then set it up again for you.
Are there are no errors showing anywhere in Device Manager?
***I went to Control panel-System-Device Manager-Sound controllers, opened that branch and clicked Properties for the CMI8738/C3DX PCI Audio Device and it says “This device is working properly”.
The other computer is also set a full acceleration and Windows Media Player plays the .wav files.
I don’t know why the slider doesn’t hold a setting but the other computer Windows Media Player works with acceleration set at full.
My "guess" is that the wav file you are trying to play is too new for WMP2 and much of the other stuff (apart from the file that was missing) is an aside. I've run into this sort of thing many times.
***None of the .wav files work with WMP. No matter what .wav file I try, I get the same error.
It will play .rmi files. I went to the c:\windows\media file and clicked on various items.
WMP is the default for these Media sounds and the .rmi sounds will play, but the .wav sounds will not.
That’s where I get the error 80042056.
If your WMP2 is able to play .wav files you already have on your machine, then Google for Media Player Classic. This is free, small, and up to date. See if this fixes your audio stream. It is a very neat player and will not overwrite WMP2.
Once in installed you will have to go to View/Options/Formats and put a tick in "Audio File". This player can easily be uninstalled if it doesn't help but I would first untick any formats you've added.
***I had this thought, if I could download a small audio file player, and find a way to reset the default from WMP to this other audio player, that might get the sounds working.
It would bypass WMP altogether and since I don’t use it for anything, I wouldn’t care much to just leave it as it is, not trying to re-install drivers or WMP.
If I go to My Computer-View-Folder Options-File Types and then click on Wave Sounds, it shows mplayer2 as the default. If I could change that default to another audio file player, that might solve the problem. However, I don’t know how to change it, even if I had another audio file player.
Regarding the sound driver I downloaded, I assume the setup.exe file in the folder will walk me through the re-install process. I don’t know if I’d have to un-install anything regarding the driver. It should be pretty much an automatic operation followed by a reboot.
Then I’d have to re-install WMP, but what version?
I downloaded WMP 6.4 but I have no idea what specific version it is. I cannot find WMP version 6.4.07.1124 on the Win 98 SE cd. If I try to do a re-install using the “generic” 6.4 will that work or cause more problems? As you mentioned before, that might cause problems.
Will the Windows updates patches that I’ve downloaded from Microsoft still be active or would a re-install of WMP 6.4 cause conflicts? I have no idea.
Microsoft also has a security “patch” for WMP 6.4 that I also downloaded called “wm320920_64.exe”.
I have no idea if it was part of the Microsoft security updates I’ve downloaded before.
I downloaded it in case it was needed, but since I don’t use WMP online, I don’t think it should be needed.
Sorry for the long reply but I wanted to give you as much info as possible.