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Audio won't play on my computer

  1. Jan 25, 2004 #1
    Just tried to play a song on winamp, the timer went to 1 second and the eq thing started going up and down like it was getting a signal, but at 1 second it stopped and I couldn't get it to play at all. I tried playing random songs in winamp, windows media player and real player, none of them would play. I played some video files and the visual part worked fine and prgressed normally, but there was no audio. My speakers are working fine, just songs refuse to even begin playing. Can anyone offer any help?
     
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  3. Jan 25, 2004 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    This is all streaming audio and video?

    What audio does work...you said your speakers work?

    What is your operating system?
     
  4. Jan 25, 2004 #3
    It's not streaming audio or video, it's all audio and video which is on my hard drive. I can tell my speakers work because when i turn them up all the way I get that annoying background hum. Whenever i play audio the timer just goes for one second on winamp and doesn't even start on realplayer and windows media player.

    MPEG and AVI videos work fine but have no audio, and WMV videos only play for about 2 seconds and then stop without having any audio.
     
  5. Jan 25, 2004 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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    I had this problem once and I think the solution was in a hardware accelerator setting.

    I would check the control panel, audio devices, hardware, audio properties and check that the device is shown to be working correctly. I would then try fiddling with the accerator options and see if that helps. In the mean time I will try to remember exactly what happened to me.

    You might check for driver updates and conflicts at MS FAQ's and SEARCH, check your computer's manufacturer, and the device driver manufacturer's web sites.

    I think you're fighting a setting though...this sounds all too familiar
     
  6. Jan 25, 2004 #5

    Ivan Seeking

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    Just for kicks why don't you try opening WMP, go to tools, options, performance, and turn the video acceleration to one half.
     
  7. Jan 25, 2004 #6
    This is fun, I tried the thing with WMP and it starts freezing whenever I try to do anything with it. I think I may just get a new computer, this one has been having problems ever since I got it regardless of the maintenance I ran on it. Plus my current computer has 128mb of some weird type of RAM and is running ME.
     
  8. Jan 25, 2004 #7

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  9. Jan 26, 2004 #8

    ME is the buggiest and the cheaper version of Win2k + win98.
     
  10. Jan 26, 2004 #9

    Ivan Seeking

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    that's what I said.
     
  11. Jan 26, 2004 #10
    And now, my computer decides to play audio.

    Screw it, I'm still getting a new one.

    Damned computer, cost over $1000 less than 3 years ago.
     
  12. Jan 26, 2004 #11

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    Don't mean to sound condescending, but have you tried other outlets in the back of your computer? Maybe you've got the speakers plugged into the wrong one.

    Also, double click the speaker icon next to your clock, make sure you have a "master" and a "wave" and they are not muted and turn their volumes up.

    Also, look in control panel->system->device manager and make sure your sound card is in there and says its ok.
     
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