system agent won't play wav files

I recently moved from Windows 95 to Windows 98. In Windows 95's System Agent I had set a task that played a wav file at a specified time. I did this by just designating the path and name of a wav file in the new SAGE task, since I had set the wav file type default action to PLAY using a small program (playwav.exe) that plays wav files without any user input.

With the same settings, Windows 98 System Agent won't play the wav file. It displays a "Could not start" status in the System Agent window and the log reports:
"Time's Up.job" (time is up.wav) 11/16/99 8:37:05 AM ** ERROR **
Unable to start task.
The specific error is:
0x80070002: The system cannot find the file specified."

The file IS there and if I click on the file in an Explorer window, the wav file plays properly using the same "playwav.exe". I've tried using
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1. "C:\Sounds\time is up.wav"
2. C:\Sounds\timeis~1.wav
(this automatically changes to #1)
3. "C:\Program Files\Accessories\playwav.exe, "C:\Sounds\timeis~1.wav"
4. "C:\Program Files\Accessories\playwav.exe","C:\Sounds\timeis~1.wav"
5. "C:\Program Files\Accessories\playwav.exe" C:\Sounds\timeis~1.wav
6. "C:\Program Files\Accessories\playwav.exe","C:\Sounds\time is up.wav"
(there may be a variation of this that I missed here.)
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BobArnettAsked:
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dew_associatesCommented:
What is you default media player for wav files? If you click the wav file in Win Explorer, it should use the Win98 Media Player to play the sound.
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BobArnettAuthor Commented:
On my system wav file types are set to
open with:
"C:\Program Files\VOYETRA\AudioStation 32\as32chassis.exe"
and to play (default action)with a small utility called "playwav.exe" that just plays a sound rather than invoking an entire application.
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dew_associatesCommented:
Okay, when you click on the task manager and start creating a new task, is playwav.exe a listed program?
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BobArnettAuthor Commented:
It is not. I have to locate it (C:\Program Files\Accessories\playwav.exe) using the "browse" button and then add the path and name of the wav file to the run field of the task
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dew_associatesCommented:
Try using media player to at least see if that works.
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BobArnettAuthor Commented:
OK, I tried mplayer.exe and unfortunately it appears on my screen, plays the wav file and then stays open. Playwav.exe just plays the wav, it doesn't do anything onscreen, which is what I want. Incidentally, I thought perhaps mplayer.exe might have command line switches that would allow just the playing of the wav. In trying to access mplayer help, I get the message that "mplayer.chm could not be opened". I did a search on the hard drive and mplayer.chm is not there. So I hit a dead end there.
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dew_associatesCommented:
Bob, give this a try:

1. Create a folder on the "C" drive and call it playwav.

2. Put playwav.exe and the wav you want, such as timeisup.wav, in the same directory. Make sure that timeisup.wav is 8 characters and no spaces between letter, example: timeisup.wav. You can do this by remaning the copy of necessary.

3. Now I don't know the proper syntax for using playwav.exe, but if it is something like:

C:\playwav\playwav.exe /timeisup.wav

then put that into a batch file (in the same folderas the files), such as timeisup.bat and call that from the Task Scheduler.
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BobArnettAuthor Commented:
OK, that works but it seems a rather convoluted way to do the job. What I don't understand is that when I just click on a wav file, playwav.exe just plays the thing (since I set it up that way in View|FolderOptions|FileType), so why doesn't SAGE do this like it did in Windows 95? It seems simple enough... just play it!
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dew_associatesCommented:
You added it to the registered file types, however it is not an installed program and therefore not in the Windows 98 registry. I started thinking about it after your last 2 posts and played with a similar wav player that came out early on for win95.

At least now it works!
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dew_associatesCommented:
Thanks for the "B" grade Bob! I would have preferred you reject it outright if you weren't happy with it!
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