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Windows Media Player 9 does not play

WMP 9 use to play cd's just fine. Now I get a message "Windows Media Player encountered an errow when reading CD-ROM drive in digital mode." It then tells me to switch to analog mode and still it does not play cd. I have looked in the help section but still no luck. Any ideas? Also, what is XML Parser and what does it do?
Running Win 98se and IE 6
Thanks for any help

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Re: Windows Media Player 9 does not play

In reply to: Windows Media Player 9 does not play (I don't know why it's called 'mini') tells a lot on WMP errors.

It's possible this is not primarily an error in WMP, but somewhere else in Windows or with the hardware. Can you try another program to play cd's? You can get some old Microsoft programs from, but you'll be able to find a lot of others also.

If one of those work, you might be happy to use them in the future if you can't get WMP to play CD's. Or you might decide to continue your search for a solution within WMP, of course. That's up to you.
At the moment, it's just meant as a diagnostic aid.

Hope this helps and let us know.

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1. The article [Q268373] provides a description of the Visualization (splashes of color and geometric shapes that change with the beat of the audio (music) that is currently played) feature in WMP, including the steps that are needed to add, change, or remove.

Note: Visualizations, which can be added or removed from WMP, are grouped into collections centered on specific themes such as ambiance or spikes. For some collections, the size of the video screen or the on-screen buffer can be set in the properties, [Q268371].

2. Except for WMP in WinXP, both the sound card software and volume controls can be configured to use either analog output or digital output, [Q313022]. Please be familiar with the situation explained in Q296615 and Q297743 listed below. Otherwise:

a. Analog Playback mode - No formal product support is available from Microsoft for this Beta product, [Q265480]:

(1) Audio is processed by the soundcard and there is no traffic through Wave Out for the Now Playing Tools to monitor and modify sound quality since this mode only controls the CD-ROM.

(2) "Media Player Version 7 Cannot Read CD-ROM Digitally and Configures Itself for Analog Playback (Q265871)."

(3) "Visualizations Do Not Work When You Use Analog Playback (Q297743)."

b. Digital Playback mode:

(1) If this mode is disable in WMP, digital playback for compact disks Visualization, SRS stereo, and Equalizer features are also disabled. However, these features are accessible when using other functions other than CD playback, [Q268371 above, and Q264202].

(2) "Cannot Select "Enable Digital CD Audio for this CD-ROM Device" Option in WinME (Q264201)."

(3) "DSS80: Cannot Play Digital Audio from CD-ROM Drive (Q241244)", if the Microsoft Digital Sound System 80 is connected to the Universal Serial Bus (USB) port.

3. Supplemental reading:

a. "How to Resolve Scratchy or Distorted Audio from a CD-ROM Device (Q260229)."

b. "CD-ROM and CD-R Drives That Have Known Issues with Playback (Q274355)."

c. "Cannot Hear Audio Through Your Headphones When Connected to CD-ROM (Q277653)."

Note: This behavior occurs because WMP uses digital playback (digital audio extraction methods is set by default) and the headphone jack on the CD-ROM drive is live only during analog playback.

d. "Inconsistent Digital Audio Setting Between Windows Media Player and Device Manager (Q283324)."

Note: By default, WMP in XP sets the CD audio properties for digital playback. In Device Manager, the setting for the CD-ROM may indicate that digital playback is not enabled and may occur even though digital playback was previously enabled.

e. "The CD-ROM Volume Control in the Multimedia Mixer Volume Controls Does Not Change the Volume (Q296615)."

f. "Troubleshooting Playback in Windows Media Player for Windows XP (Q306317)."

g. "CD Audio Is Played Even Though an Audio Cable Is Not Connected to Your CD-ROM Drive (Q310439)."

h. "There Is No Audio Playback After You Install the Sound Blaster Live! Sound Card (Q313022) in WinXP."


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