*.wav file NOT playing in TMediaPlayer

Posted on 2004-04-28
Last Modified: 2008-01-16
In my Delphi 7 app, I download a *.wav file from the internet by creating a file stream and writing the file to that.  All works well.  I can then open the file in "Windows Media Player" and it plays just fine.

However, If I attempt to play the file in the Delphi TMediaPlayer (which is what I need to do), I get an error every time that says: "raised exception class EMCIDeviceError with message 'No wave device is installed that can play files in the current format.  To install a wave device, go to Control Panel, click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Add Hardware.'.

Well, if the Windows Media Player can play it, why can't Delphi's TMediaPlayer?  I would assume that both players have access to the same codecs, do they not?

Can someone tell me how I might remedy this problem in such a way that the application can be released to the masses?

Question by:dbetts
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ID: 10942990

   forget the Mediaplayer  there is an API
function called PlaySound which will play the wave for you directly ANd
allow you to play it from memory rather than disk

 if you choose to...
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PlaySound( 'filename.wav', 0, snd_Async);

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shaneholmes earned 125 total points
ID: 10943041
oh yeah, make sure if you use PlaySound, you add MMSystem to your uses clause...

If would try it to see if it plays that wav file... if it does than try testing it again with TMedia Player

    Media.DeviceType := dtWaveAudio;
    Media.FileName := <wav file>;  {include path if necessary}

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ID: 10944031
Thanks Shane.

The problem was with the DeviceType.  I has it set to Auto and apparently the *.wav file didn't have proper header info to tell the TMediaPlayer what type it was.

I changed that, but now I cannot hear the wav file.  I have tried it with the PlaySound function you suggested and the TMediaPlayer.  Neither produces the sound.

I no longer have any troubles opening the file, I just can't hear it.

If I open the file in Windows Media Player, I can hear it just fine.

Any ideas?

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Expert Comment

ID: 10944062
maybe ints a volume issue now... with in delphi... try setting the volumn by code...


Author Comment

ID: 10945275

As it turns out it was a problem with the *.wav files that were being created.  Delphi couldn't play them, but Windows Media PLayer could.

We have notified the vendor and it is being resolved.

Thanks Shane,

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