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Can't play WAV Files

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by LoganYoung, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. LoganYoung

    LoganYoung Flightless Bird

    Hi!

    The telephone call recording system at work saves all recordings from the
    call centre to .wav files for review by QA (Quality Assurance).
    Some of these files don't play on one of the QA computers, but they do play
    on the other one.

    This suggests a problem with the computer... I originally thought to check
    the headphones, but they work (I played music (in mp3) through them). It's
    also not the sound card because I was able to listen to said mp3 files.
    I then thought that it might be a missing codec. Unless I'm mistaken, if a
    codec is missing, Media Player would throw an error telling you that it can't
    plau the file, but it doesn't. So I don't think it's a missing codec.

    So, hardware has been eliminated, so has software... Both QA computers
    "listen" to the file (which is on a central location and doesn't move.
    That said, the file being audible to user 2 (computer B - this eliminates
    the possibility of the file being corrupted), should also be audible for user
    1 (computer A), but isn't.

    I'm out of ideas, can anyone assist?
     
  2. Spamlet

    Spamlet Flightless Bird

    "LoganYoung" <LoganYoung@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:32A31261-3BD6-4C8E-B9D3-07BC163D3E4B@microsoft.com...
    >
    > Hi!
    >
    > The telephone call recording system at work saves all recordings from the
    > call centre to .wav files for review by QA (Quality Assurance).
    > Some of these files don't play on one of the QA computers, but they do
    > play
    > on the other one.
    >
    > This suggests a problem with the computer... I originally thought to check
    > the headphones, but they work (I played music (in mp3) through them). It's
    > also not the sound card because I was able to listen to said mp3 files.
    > I then thought that it might be a missing codec. Unless I'm mistaken, if a
    > codec is missing, Media Player would throw an error telling you that it
    > can't
    > plau the file, but it doesn't. So I don't think it's a missing codec.
    >
    > So, hardware has been eliminated, so has software... Both QA computers
    > "listen" to the file (which is on a central location and doesn't move.
    > That said, the file being audible to user 2 (computer B - this eliminates
    > the possibility of the file being corrupted), should also be audible for
    > user
    > 1 (computer A), but isn't.
    >
    > I'm out of ideas, can anyone assist?


    You don't say whether the suspect computer is opening a media player when
    the file is clicked, or whether you have tried right clicking and opening
    with a different media player. I expect you have tried this, but if not, do
    so.

    S
     
  3. Dan Rogers

    Dan Rogers Flightless Bird

    Download "Audacity" to your problem machine. It's very good and free. If
    you can play the file with Audacity then you have a software problem with
    whatever you're using now. Audacity will allow you to inspect the
    waveforms. Advice -- describe your problem with much more detail than
    "don't play."

    "LoganYoung" <LoganYoung@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:32A31261-3BD6-4C8E-B9D3-07BC163D3E4B@microsoft.com...
    > Hi!
    >
    > The telephone call recording system at work saves all recordings from the
    > call centre to .wav files for review by QA (Quality Assurance).
    > Some of these files don't play on one of the QA computers, but they do
    > play
    > on the other one.
    >
    > This suggests a problem with the computer... I originally thought to check
    > the headphones, but they work (I played music (in mp3) through them). It's
    > also not the sound card because I was able to listen to said mp3 files.
    > I then thought that it might be a missing codec. Unless I'm mistaken, if a
    > codec is missing, Media Player would throw an error telling you that it
    > can't
    > plau the file, but it doesn't. So I don't think it's a missing codec.
    >
    > So, hardware has been eliminated, so has software... Both QA computers
    > "listen" to the file (which is on a central location and doesn't move.
    > That said, the file being audible to user 2 (computer B - this eliminates
    > the possibility of the file being corrupted), should also be audible for
    > user
    > 1 (computer A), but isn't.
    >
    > I'm out of ideas, can anyone assist?
     
  4. alanglloyd@aol.com

    alanglloyd@aol.com Flightless Bird

    On Jul 21, 11:24 am, LoganYoung <LoganYo...@discussions.microsoft.com>
    wrote:
    > Hi!
    >
    > The telephone call recording system at work saves all recordings  from the
    > call centre to .wav files for review by QA (Quality Assurance).
    > Some of these files don't play on one of the QA computers, but they do play
    > on the other one.
    >
    > This suggests a problem with the computer... I originally thought to check
    > the headphones, but they work (I played music (in mp3) through them). It's
    > also not the sound card because I was able to listen to said mp3 files.
    > I then thought that it might be a missing codec. Unless I'm mistaken, if a
    > codec is missing, Media Player would throw an error telling you that it can't
    > plau the file, but it doesn't. So I don't think it's a missing codec.
    >
    > So, hardware has been eliminated, so has software... Both QA computers
    > "listen" to the file (which is on a central location and doesn't move.
    > That said, the file being audible to user 2 (computer B - this eliminates
    > the possibility of the file being corrupted), should also be audible for user
    > 1 (computer A), but isn't.
    >
    > I'm out of ideas, can anyone assist?


    Open Windows Explorer, go to Tools > Folder Options > File Types, and
    check that a program is registered for .WAV file extension. If not
    then add an application to play it.

    Alan Lloyd
     
  5. The Seabat

    The Seabat Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 21 Jul 2010 03:24:28 -0700, LoganYoung
    <LoganYoung@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >>
    >>Hi!
    >>
    >>The telephone call recording system at work saves all recordings from the
    >>call centre to .wav files for review by QA (Quality Assurance).
    >>Some of these files don't play on one of the QA computers, but they do play
    >>on the other one.
    >>
    >>This suggests a problem with the computer... I originally thought to check
    >>the headphones, but they work (I played music (in mp3) through them). It's
    >>also not the sound card because I was able to listen to said mp3 files.
    >>I then thought that it might be a missing codec. Unless I'm mistaken, if a
    >>codec is missing, Media Player would throw an error telling you that it can't
    >>plau the file, but it doesn't. So I don't think it's a missing codec.
    >>
    >>So, hardware has been eliminated, so has software... Both QA computers
    >>"listen" to the file (which is on a central location and doesn't move.
    >>That said, the file being audible to user 2 (computer B - this eliminates
    >>the possibility of the file being corrupted), should also be audible for user
    >>1 (computer A), but isn't.
    >>
    >>I'm out of ideas, can anyone assist?


    If you just want a down-n-dirty player for the .wav files, just
    associate the .wav file with sndrec32.exe. It's located in the
    System32 folder of Windows. For just plain voice files it works just
    dandy. Plus you can do basic editing. Beats screwing around with a
    multi-purpose program.


    --
    The seabat
    Filtering GoogleGroups & Goobers with extreme prejudice!
    Usenet Improvement Project: R.I.P. Lee aka Blinky the Shark
     
  6. Bill in Co

    Bill in Co Flightless Bird

    > "LoganYoung" <LoganYoung@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:32A31261-3BD6-4C8E-B9D3-07BC163D3E4B@microsoft.com...
    >>
    >> Hi!
    >>
    >> The telephone call recording system at work saves all recordings from
    >> the
    >> call centre to .wav files for review by QA (Quality Assurance).
    >> Some of these files don't play on one of the QA computers, but they do
    >> play on the other one.
    >>
    >> This suggests a problem with the computer... I originally thought to
    >> check
    >> the headphones, but they work (I played music (in mp3) through them).
    >> It's
    >> also not the sound card because I was able to listen to said mp3 files.
    >> I then thought that it might be a missing codec. Unless I'm mistaken, if
    >> a
    >> codec is missing, Media Player would throw an error telling you that it
    >> can't plau the file, but it doesn't. So I don't think it's a missing
    >> codec.
    >>
    >> So, hardware has been eliminated, so has software...


    Not necessarily. I still think it's a software issue with Media Player and
    that type of wav file. (Since you are getting sound from your mp3 files, I
    don't see how it could possibly be a hardware issue).

    Here is another test to try: try playing a normal std wav file on that
    computer (not one of those voice compressed ones), and see if it plays ok -
    if it does, it sounds like a specific codec issue, even if an error message
    isn't popping up.
     
  7. Bill in Co

    Bill in Co Flightless Bird

    Addended:
    I am *assuming* that WAV files are associated with Media Player in your
    system for what I wrote below. If not, that's probably the problem.

    Bill in Co wrote:
    >> "LoganYoung" <LoganYoung@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:32A31261-3BD6-4C8E-B9D3-07BC163D3E4B@microsoft.com...
    >>>
    >>> Hi!
    >>>
    >>> The telephone call recording system at work saves all recordings from
    >>> the
    >>> call centre to .wav files for review by QA (Quality Assurance).
    >>> Some of these files don't play on one of the QA computers, but they do
    >>> play on the other one.
    >>>
    >>> This suggests a problem with the computer... I originally thought to
    >>> check
    >>> the headphones, but they work (I played music (in mp3) through them).
    >>> It's
    >>> also not the sound card because I was able to listen to said mp3 files.
    >>> I then thought that it might be a missing codec. Unless I'm mistaken, if
    >>> a
    >>> codec is missing, Media Player would throw an error telling you that it
    >>> can't plau the file, but it doesn't. So I don't think it's a missing
    >>> codec.
    >>>
    >>> So, hardware has been eliminated, so has software...

    >
    > Not necessarily. I still think it's a software issue with Media Player
    > and
    > that type of wav file. (Since you are getting sound from your mp3 files,
    > I
    > don't see how it could possibly be a hardware issue).
    >
    > Here is another test to try: try playing a normal std wav file on that
    > computer (not one of those voice compressed ones), and see if it plays
    > ok -
    > if it does, it sounds like a specific codec issue, even if an error
    > message
    > isn't popping up.
     

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