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mp3 files play too fast

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I'm posting for a friend's machine, so bear with me if I don't have all the details up front.  The long and the short of it is...

Whenever my friend tried to play mp3 files on his machine, they play too quickly.  This occurs with the inline windows media player as well as 3rd party mp3 players (music match and winamp).  I figured it must be a system setting somewhere, but I couldn't find it.  Any thoughts?

Thanks,
-jello
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This is usually an indication of a HARDWARE problem.  

Most likely the IRQ for the sound board is incorrectly set or there is another device on that IRQ.  

It could also be the DMA setting for the card so check that as well.

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Thanks jhance,

I forgot to mention that CDs play just fine.  This is a new Dell machine - only about a month old.  Its an office PC, so I doubt they'll let him open it up and start tweaking settings.  I have the same box, and I haven't had any problems.  Any other ideas?

-jello

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Thanks jhance,

I forgot to mention that CDs play just fine.  This is a new Dell machine - only about a month old.  Its an office PC, so I doubt they'll let him open it up and start tweaking settings.  I have the same box, and I haven't had any problems.  Any other ideas?

-jello

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CDs don't use ANY processing on the sound card.  

They are decoded in the CD drive and the audio is carried from the output of the CD drive via a stereo cable to the input of the sound card.  So all this means is that the audio output of the sound card is OK.  But then you knew that already.....

MP3's on the other hand are decoded by the CPU and then the WAV file is generated and piped to the sound card.  In this case, if the CPU is getting too many interrupts (IRQs) the speed will be too fast.  

Please check and double check your IRQ and DMA settings.
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The problem is due to your soundcard drivers, which I'm guessing is probably an Analog Devices SoundMAX integrated device.

There was a proble with the first batch of drivers for the card, which caused music played using the wavetable synthesiser on the soundcard (i.e. mp3, etc...) to be played too fast.

Check the Dell website for the latest drivers.  If you can't find them, then look on the Compaq site for soundcard drivers for the Deskpro ENS 733

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Thanks for all your help guys.  It was the drivers.

-jello
I am having the same problem on an old PII-350 (Intel motherboard D815EEA2 / 3815EPEA2).  The audio controller is a 82801BA/BAM AC - 2445.  I'm trying to find an updated driver, but haven't had any luck.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  
Thank you.

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