WMP9 + SB Live problem+solution

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by JohnnyGreb, Feb 24, 2003.

  1. JohnnyGreb

    JohnnyGreb Guest

    Not sure how usefull it might be but I figured I post it for anyone who runs into this.

    I reinstalled XP Pro a couple weeks ago. As I normally do, I don't install the "real" drivers for my hardware until I actually need them. (Call me lazy :D ) A couple days later I installed Windwos Media Player 9 to try it out and to see if it was actually better than previous version. For the most part I'm happy with it. I'm going to keep it. Day before yesterday, I got around to installing the "real" drivers for my Sound Blaster Live card. (wanted surround sound for a DVD)
    Well I went to play some MP3s shortly thereafter, and WMP9 complained about not being able to play them.

    Here's what I got:
    I also couldn't play wmv files with sound. Vidoe would work, but no sound.

    Turns out the SB Live drivers apparently changes the default options for playback.
    After racking my brain for about 30 minutes, I figured it out:

    In WMP9, go to Tools -> Options...
    Go to the Devices Tab
    Select Speakers, then Properties
    In "Audio device to use:" change it from "DirectSound:SB Live! Wave Device" to "Defaulft DirectSound Device"
    Hit OK twice and it now works.

    I'm sure there's another way to possibly fix this, but I figured I'd share this with everyone. I'm figuring that installing the drivers first would have prevented this problem. Hope this helps someone out there sometime even as a cautionary tale.

  2. Glaanieboy

    Glaanieboy Moderator

    The Netherlands
    On behalf of everyone who experienced this problem: Thank you!
    My next xomputer will include a SB Live! card and now I know what to do to avoid the problem. Thank you!
  3. jonifen

    jonifen pffff...

    nice work there JohnnyGreb... I have an SB Live, and now I know how to sort it if it happens to me when I next format (within a week lol)