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Can nolonger play music CDs- Error messages

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I was able to play music CDs and Game CD's on the CDROM.  However, now when I try, I get error messages.  

Examples:
Earthworm Jim Error message: "Earthworm Jim cannot detect audio tracks".  
Music CD's: "The Media Control Interface (MCI) CD Audio Driver is not installed. Before you can play an audio CD you must install the driver using Control Panel".

Both of these CD's worked about a month ago but now the Gremlens are in the computer.  Any Ideas?  Before you answer the question please read the background---->

System: HP Pavilion 8160 233MHZ 32meg RAM
OS: Windows 95 B

IN: Control Panel/MultimediaProperties/
Audio Playback tab:
Prefered Device-> "AD1815/6 Playback (500)"

CD music tab:
Drive-> "G" (This IS my cdrom drive letter)

Advanced tab:
In the list under Audio Devices-> Intel Virtual Audio Device
It states, "This audio device IS enabled but inactive due to an unknown problem."  (what's this mean?)
Boxes checked are-> Use audio features for this device &  Do not map through this device

In list under Mixer devices-> Mixer for Intel audio device
Same statement as above about the Audio Device!

Control panel/System Properties/Device manager/Sound,Video and Game Controler/Intel Virtual Audio Device Properties
General tab: Device status-> "Device is working properly"
             Device usage-> NETHER the Disable or Remove boxes are checked
Driver tab: Details button/Driver files
Box States "C:\windows\system\VNULLD.VXD

UNDER:
My Computer/VIEW/Options/File Types/CD Audio Track
Discreption Type: "CD audio Track"
Content Type: "Audio/basic"
Default Extension for Content Type: ".snd"
Action: Set Default to "PLAY"

DOUBBLE CLICK ON THE WORD "PLAY"
Applicatation used to perform action->
" C:\HP_Audio\Rack\CDPLYR.EXE/Play "
the Use DDE box is not checked

I don't know if the background info will assist but it can't hurt.  Also.  I have iQ sound and Real Audio installed but disableing these programs doesn't seem to change anything.  Anyone have a suggestion?

Thanx, nnmc
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It sounds like your sound card has gotten messed up. You might try reinstalling the drivers for your sound card and see if that fixes the problem (if you need assistance doing so just ask). Have you installed any new hardware since you were able to play music? any new software?
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This statement tells you all you need to know.

>>"The Media Control Interface (MCI) CD Audio Driver is not installed. Before you can play an audio CD you must install the driver using Control Panel". <<<

For some reason or another the MCI CDAudio Driver has either gotten corrupted or deleted.  

Here is how to re-install it.

Open Control Panel
Add New Hardware
When Win asks if you want it to search automatically say no.
Click Next
Double click on "Other Devices"
In the Left Hand Pane go to "Microsoft MCI"
In the right hand pane select "CD Audio Device (Media Control)"
Click Next and follow the prompts.

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by:nnmc
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To demarb:

Yes. I have installed an internal ZIP drive and lots of software.  Would a list be required?  
As far as drivers for the sound card, I think they are in the recovery disk.  I used it once before and the process wipes out everything!  There may be a way of selectively snaching the driver off of the CD but I don't know how.  It seems that the CD only knows how to re-boot my computer and then offer me two ways to re-install the baseline software.  But, Hay!  Go for it!  I'll try anything, cauz nothing I do works!  Besides, I bought a new Christmas CD and I'ed like to hear it.  Thanx-- nnmc
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skybird:
Out-frigging-standing!  Oh yea it worked.  I had to re-install it three times but the third time was the charm.  Right now I am listining to some great Big Band Christmas music and it's sooo right.  I could use someone likeyou full time. Got a port on the back of your head so I can directly tap your data bank?  Thanx and have a great Thanksgiving.

nnmc
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