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The Fat Lady stopped singing and so did my HD music !

by BigBill / September 18, 2005 1:42 PM PDT

OS WIN 98se.

For years I have enjoyed my CD copied to HD music and all of a sudden my music is dead. There is no HD activity when I select the file. Looks like my files are all WMA format and I don't recall if they were other formats and one of my programs converted them to WMA.

All my controls on the Volume Panel are ''on'' and set for max volume.

When I play any music CD in my CD drive it goes to Microsoft Media Player and works as it always did in the past. Also the Programs-Accessories-Entertainment-CD Player works OK.

Is there a location where the default player is set or is this a Register problem?

Thanks for any help to wake up the Fat Lady and get my HD stored music back.

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wma (and CDA) are formats used by Adaptec burner...
by reefurbb / September 19, 2005 12:05 AM PDT

and others. See for any free converters to MP3, or download WinAmp.
Try opening these WMA files with CDplayer.exe.
Don't know why Windows Media Player would stop playing WMA files unless it got messed up, especially since you never got a dialog box wanting you to get online to Microsoft to download updated Codecs.

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wma formats
by pcguru4u / September 24, 2005 10:01 PM PDT

I disagree. The file extension .wma stands for "Windows Media File" and is commonly associated with music formats. Using the right mouse button while selecting one of your files have you tried opening the file that way? Then if it asks you what kind of program you want to open it with, you can choose whatever music player you prefer. If it doesn't recognize the file, or if there is no choice of program to open it with, you've somehow lost the association of that file to a media player. You can either reopen the music player you have, then open up the file in that player or you may have to D/L another music player. Winamp comes to mind and can be associated with a number of music formats.

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wma files
by Stan Chambers / September 25, 2005 3:26 PM PDT

If you have used Windows Media player to copy the files to you hdd, it uses .wma format by default.
It's been a few years since I last used Windows 98, so I'm not positive it has this option.
Right click on a .wma file, in the menu, look for "Open With". If it's there, click it, then you will see more options to select a program. Choose Windows Media Player, then check the box at the bottom of the card that says something like "always use this program to open files of this type"
If you got that far, you should be back in business.
Listen for the fat lady to sing.
Hope this helps.

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Problem Solved
by BigBill / September 26, 2005 10:26 AM PDT
In reply to: wma files

I reloaded Windows Media Player and am back in business. Thanks to all for your suggestions.

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