It's very atypical for an Ethernet driver to play music, I'd say.
And it's rather atypical for a screen capture program to play anything, be it video (but it should capture it) or audio.
And it's very atypical for an install of a program to delete another program. So while the file association for .mp3 might have changed without telling you (they shouldn't have done that), my guess is the program still is somewhere on your hard disk.
Things to try:
- System restore. You'll lose freeze also. Not sure to work, but worth a try.
- Reinstall the program you like to use (that from realtek).
- Install any other mp3-playing program if you don't like WMP for that.
From its recent beginning, my computer (MS XP Pro) had Microsoft Media Player and Realtek (GbE & FE Ethernet PCI-E NIC) driver installed. Both coexisted well. I downloaded music and Realtek opened. If I tried to play a film clip or something similar, MS Media Player opened.
Several days ago I downloaded a freeware program, ?Freez Screen Video Capture?. It works okay and uses MS Media Player for playback video/audio. However, now, when I double click on an MP3 music file, it automatically opens in MS Media Player.
Worse, if I try opening an MP3 with a right mouse click and using ?open with?, Realtek is not listed. When I click ?Browse? to find another player, I see that the Realtek file folder remains listed under "Programs" but the folder is empty.
How can I revert back to the original settings where music was played with Realtek? Would deleting (uninstalling) the Freeze Screen Video Capture program help? Or should I revert back to a ?Restore Point? in Win XP to a time before I downloaded that screen capture program? Thanks.