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MMSYSTEM 296/.WAV error message

Posted on 1998-07-19
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When trying to playback a recorded cd track with the willow pond wave recorder, I get this error message: "MMSYSTEM 296. The file cannot be played on the specified MCI device. The file may be corrupt or not in the correct format."
 The format I am using is PCM with these attributes: 48,000 Hz 16 bit, stereo 188KB/s.
 What can I do to fix this problem?
Thanks
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by:semontgomery
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This is from Microsoft for AVI and MPEG but, it may work for your problem also.

SYMPTOMS
When you attempt to play a Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG) or audio- video interleaved (AVI) video clip in Microsoft PowerPoint, you receive the following error message:


   Mmsystem 296: The file cannot be played on specified mci device,
   may be corrupt or not in correct format.

CAUSE
This problem occurs because PowerPoint cannot play some AVI and MPEG files if the file is associated with ActiveMovie.



RESOLUTION
To resolve this problem, re-associate the AVI or MPEG file type with Media Player. To do this, follow these steps:


Select a file of the type (AVI, MPEG, or [PCM]) for which you want to change the association.

Hold down the SHIFT key and right-click the file. Click Open With on the shortcut menu.

Click [Willow Pond Wave] in the Open With dialog box. Click to select the "Always use this program to open this type of file" check box.

Click OK.

Check out http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q178/3/07.asp


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by:mrpotts96
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Re associating the file to media player resulted in a Sound Recorder error message: "The filec:\windows\desktop\wave files\let it be. WAV is not a valid WAVE sound file."
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What application did you use to record the track? If you're trying to do CD->Wav, I recommend a more direct access method like Audiograbber or WinDac, other applications can be a little strange. Let me know if you need url's.
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Chunsaker,
My goal is to burn music cd's. Can I use audiograber to acomplish this objective? CD->Audiograbber->Burner?
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You cannot playback files with a greater sampling frequency than your Audio card can handle. I.e. using PCM @48KHZ will not playback on a Soundblaster. Sounblaster only support upto 44KHZ(same as CD). If you have a Soundblaster compatable card, this is likely to be the case. It cannot be a normal CD track you are using unless you recorded it at 48KHZ. There is no need to record at 48KHZ if the sound being recorded is not running at 48KHZ. CD runs at 44KHZ, TAPE runs at something like 22KHZ, Mono tape runs at something like 11KHZ, DAT runs at 48KHZ.
If this doesn't answer your question, let us know the type of soundcard you have.
P.S. you could raise the points a little for a worthy answer.
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by:mrpotts96
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Yamaha OPL3-SA Soundcard. Multimedia properties and recording settings at 44Hz CD Quality. No prblems during recording. Playback is nil, with the same error message mentioned above.
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Your card does not support playback of greater than 44KHZ. Don't record at greater than 44KHZ, there is no need.
Don't record as PCM. Some cards cannot playback PCM.
There are no details found on the YAMAHA WEB site on your card. It appears you are refering to the Chipset and not the actual name of the card.
Refer to your manual to see the specification of the board. it should show record & playback frequencies.
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I figured out I can record wave files with cd burner software.
Not even the computer mfg who installed the sound card knows who made it. The questioin at this point is moot. Thanks anyway.
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