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Playing a music file at runtime

Posted on 2002-07-03
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Hi

I have written a small program in VB6 which is a clock that at runtime at a time previouysly entered will display a message box.  This part works OK

I would like the second part of the program to play a sound such as from a CD or off the hard drive etc - This is my problem.  I have written the following code:

Private Sub Timer1_Timer()
Label1.Caption = Time
CurrentTime = Format(Time, "hh:mm:ss")
    If CurrentTime = Text1.Text Then
    Beep   ' Sound a tone.
        MsgBox (Text2.Text), , "Alarm Clock Reminder"
        Timer1.Enabled = False
        Form1.WindowState = 0 'Restore form to original size
    End If
End Sub

I was able to make the speaker sound a 'beep' but cannot make it play a music file.  Any help much appreciated.

Regards

Mark

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by:m_durnell
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Hi Ryancys

Thanks for your comments, but what I really want is a sample of code that will "Play" a music file when a certain time is reached as the "Beep" sound does in the code in my previous comment.

For example I want the program to play the following file

c:\music\Eva1.mp3 etc

Any further help appreciated.

Regards

Mark
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by:Glowman
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M,
this is a sub that I use to play a song/noise/anything.  It uses the MMcontrol that can be added in the from the toolbar components selection (Microsoft Multimedia Control 6 (SP3)).  In my example it is called Media.  This also uses a FSO object to determine if the file exists before trying to play it.  I have had a little trouble getting it to play mp3's but it handles wav files just fine.  And I think that it can play a mp3 I just didn't follow up on it.  I hope this helps you

G



Public Sub PlaySong(ByVal SongTitle As String)
       
       
    If FileTool.FileExists(SongTitle) = False Then
        Call WriteLogLine("You got lucky this time no Audio File found")
        Exit Sub
    End If
       
    With frmSample.Media
        .Notify = False
        .Wait = True
        .Shareable = False
        .DeviceType = "waveaudio"
        .FileName = SongTitle
        .Command = "open"
        .Command = "play"
    End With
   
End Sub
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by:Ryan Chong
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Try use Sleep api to pause for certain period?

Declare Sub Sleep Lib "kernel32" Alias "Sleep" ( _
           ByVal dwMilliseconds As Long _
)

http://www.allapi.net/apilist/apifunction.php?apifunction=Sleep
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by:m_durnell
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Ryancys

Thanks for the help with a little work I was able to get my alarm clock working properly as I intended.  I am going to try and build on it though and will ask a few more questions later in another section.

All the best

Mark
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