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WAV files won't play

by sdlchic / December 28, 2006 6:54 AM PST

My computer won't play any wav files. At first I thought it was Yahoo messenger. One day about a year ago, I realized it wasn't playing the alert sounds. I was thinking I had muted them, but my computer won't play any alerts including windows alerts. I checked the sounds in the control panel, and they won't play from there either. They won't play on any media player installed on my computer including windows media player, winamp, anything. Programs scroll through the files as if they are playing, but there is no sound. No error message or anything. Other sound file types play just fine.
Changed the sound card, but no difference. Sound card is used from goodwill. Don't know make or model.
My OS is Microsoft Windows XP Professional 2002. Sound driver is SB Live! Wave Device.

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Have You Tried Re-Associating The WAVE Files To WMP?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 28, 2006 8:41 AM PST
In reply to: WAV files won't play

RIGHT click on Start, choose "Explore" from the little menu. When the Explorer window loads, click on "Tools" in the upper left, choose "Folder Options", then click on the "File Types" tab. When that loads, scroll down to the WAV-Wave Sound file extension and click on it once to highlight it. In the lower part of the window, you should see the program that is supposed to open it.. If it isn't currently "Windows Media Player", then click on the "Change" button. When the next window opens, place a CHECK mark in the box that says: "Always use this program to open this file type", then select "Windows Media Player" from the list of programs. When you're done, click on "OK", Apply, OK, etc.

Now navigate to the C\Windows\Media folder and attempt to play the actual .wav files there. Each of the .wav files should have an icon associated with WMP.

Hope this helps.


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re: Have you tried re-assiciating the wave files to wmp?
by sdlchic / January 2, 2007 12:23 PM PST

Tried this suggestion. Reassociated wav files. Interestingly enough, it became possible to play wav files using windows media player and winamp. Happy Wav files still won't play from sound manager or on startup (or from yahoo messenger for that matter). Seems to be some trouble playing wav files from within other programs now, but the issue playing them from windows media player and winamp is resolved. Thanks!

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by ljsquare1 / August 12, 2011 3:51 AM PDT

This worked perfectly and easily. Our help desk had no clue. I'm learning to search the web rather than calling them.

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Run Diagnostics
by tuxmaster / December 28, 2006 4:12 PM PST
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Have you tried running Diagnostic software that came with the SoundBlaster if not you can prob download them from creative's website. Are you using powered speakers are the powered speakers on is the volume turned up.

It most likely has something to do with your speakers due to the fact that you changed sound card and it still did not work because that would reinstall drivers for sound.

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re: Run Diagnostics
by sdlchic / January 2, 2007 12:24 PM PST
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Yes, my speakers are powered on and plugged in. Like I said, computer seems to be able to play other sound file types just not wav.

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Re: WAV files won't play
by Tufenuf / December 28, 2006 8:38 PM PST
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sdlchic, Go to the link below and click the ? to the left of "Where did my Sounds go?" to expand it and you'll find several possible solutions like:

Restore System Sound:
This edit corrects many Sound issues: Fix the Ding.wav File


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re: Tufenuf
by sdlchic / January 2, 2007 12:43 PM PST

Tried several of the fixes on this site including audiosvr.reg, dingfix.reg, netvol.reg, restoresounds.reg and valuenotset.reg. When one didn't resotre my sounds, I tried another. Don't remember the order I tried them.

STRANGE things happened. In the middle of that night after I tried all these fixes, my computer woke me up with all these sounds I had attempted to play to test whether it could play wav files (some of the windows system wav files: ding, asterisk, shutting down sounds, etc...). I immediately tried to play them from the system sound manager and got nothing... again.

I restarted my computer, and it went NUTS! It takes muuuuuuuuuuch longer to boot now and plays no sounds at all of any file type. Windows that I have minimized no longer appear at the bottom of my computer on the same bar as the start menu (don't remember what that's called). My Norton antivirus won't start up anymore. I can't drag and drop files to my thumb drive nor cut/copy and paste files between folders. Also, I'm getting much more error messages when internet explorer tries to download a page: "A runtime error has occured. Do you wish to debug?"

Panicking!! Did I make a huge mistake? How can I fix this?

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re: Tufenuf
by Tufenuf / January 2, 2007 8:41 PM PST
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sdlchic, Those fixes you tried shouldn't have caused any of the problems you posted. Try doing a System Restore to the closest date prior to when you applied those fixes. Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Restore.


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Codec Packs
by SuperReviewer / August 12, 2011 5:53 AM PDT
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When you installed Winamp did it install any codec packs with it....I know that those codec packs sometimes mess up settings within the computer since they use the same resources as other programs.

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by ZRMaster / August 15, 2011 7:58 AM PDT
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Go to start.... run... then type dxdiag.... window will appear...then go to sound tab....then click start direct sound test..... you could do the check then in music tab then click test direct music..
if u dont hear sound in these tests ... then maybe you should try updating your directX version to newer one and try again these tests or play wav file....

Hope this helps....

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