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Windows media player will not play MIDI files

Windows media player will not play any MIDI files. Other software has no problem; soundcard not an issue.

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Media Player File Types

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Open the media player, click tools, scroll down to plugins and choose options. On the options dialog box choose file types tab. See if there's a check beside MIDI, or choose select all from the bottom left of box.

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option selection - no effect

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All types were already toggled on, does not solve problem. Any other suggestions? Thanks

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From memory.

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This issue is in the WMP MINI FAQ you read about on

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How do I access that of which you refer?

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Try this one.

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Type in WMP MINI FAQ and it's the first link. From memory you look for the word MIDI on that site.

If you have an issue with these steps, please tell which step you need help with.

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In reply to: Try this one.

i have found the webpage and am now perusing it for help.

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In reply to: option selection - no effect

On sounds and audio devices properties dialog box, click audio tab and see if there is a midi playback default device listed. Also wondering, are the midi files in your media library? And what message, if any, do you get when attempting to play?

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In reply to: Hmmm...

My sounds and audio devices MIDI default is my soundcard; the other choice I have is Wavetable Synth. I have tried that but no effect. There is no music in my media library, I have a lot of music on the hard drive but haven't used the media center. This is a new computer. Most importantly, and telling, I am unable to play MIDI files from websites. Error Message - Media Player cannot play this file.

So to sum up, MIDI files already on my computer load into Media Player, the title is there, I am able to run play, the cursor moves across the screen as if playing, but no sound. Other file types play fine.

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In case you didn't find the content...

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"Q: When I go to a MIDI site, I can bring up the page with no trouble but when I click on a midi or wav file the Media Player doesn't open and I get the message that this page cannot be displayed. If I right click on the MIDI link and "save target as" to my desktop I can play it from there.
A: Go to WMP's Tools:Formats:Options. Uncheck "MIDI File", click apply, then check "MIDI file" and click Apply.

Q: How do I trouble-shoot MIDI?
A: I don't know. WMP has nothing to do with MIDI, we just take advantage of the system's support for it. Wise Tess says:
* Make sure your volume slider for "Midi" (and/or SW Synth) is up and not muted.
* Make sure "Midi Sequencer Device" is loaded in Control Panel, Multimedia, Devices, Media Control Devices. You can add it from Add New Hardware, Next, Next, No, Sound/Video/Games, Microsoft MCI. If it is loaded, go ahead and remove it and reinstall it.
Also, this may help some XP users having troubles with MIDI."

from the WMP MINI FAQ

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wrong OS

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article only applies to Win 3.1

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In reply to: Windows media player will not play MIDI files

Hi vox,
I had the same exact problem. WMP does not have visualizations while playing MIDI flies and I had the songs were playing without sound input as yours did. I tried all of the above help to no avail.
So I looked at the connection on the back of my computer for the output wire and found that the green wire was plugged into the wrong hole (yellow) Playing other files worked with it was plugged into yellow. I have 5 outputs: green, blue, pink, yellow, and black.
Well my green one was plugged into the yellow.
In other words check your speaker wires to your computer----could be a color matching mistake.
Good Luck

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Windows Media Player 11 won't play miidi files.

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I had a problem with Media Player 11 and Midi files. I couldn't play them from links on web pages. I could load midi files (from my hard drive) into the player (with no error message) and see that the midi was playing but couldn't hear a bloody thing. Yes, I checked all the "little" problems such as the VOLUME PLAY CONTROL, the midi volume level and whether or not it was MUTED. I went to the MEDIA PLAYER, clicked on the TOOLS option, clicked OPTIONS, then selected the FILE TYPE options tab. All the file types were checked. I tried the trick of clicking on the MIDI file to unselect it, clicked APPLY and then again went through the process of selecting and checking the MIDI FILE TYPE again. No joy. The Midi Player continued to play everything BUT midis. You can imagine my frustration level at this point. To say I was in a murderous rage would be an understatement. I "swear" I loved my husband... may he rest in peace. ::Joking!:: I then spent many forgettable hours searching help forums (and Microsoft :GAH!:) and after much hair pulling and teeth gnashing I just dove into my CONTROL PANEL with a vengence. I went to the CONTROL PANEL, then went to the SOUNDS AND AUDIO DEVICES. I then clicked on the AUDIO tab. I was given several selections to choose from on the MIDI MUSIC PLAYBACK OPTION. Having dealt with all kinds of Microsoft "glitches" over many years and knowing from experience that Microsoft has an ongoing, passionate (if somewhat volatile) love affair with itself I selected the MICROSOFT GS WAVETABLE SW SYNTH. Eureka! Problem solved. Remember... Microsoft "loves" other Microsoft components... it needs them, desires them, CRAVES them like an insatiable vampire seeking to suck the life out of your computer. When in doubt... always select any option that says MICROSOFT! ::Ahem.:: I hope this helps out... better late than never?

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