Windows media player (ver. 9) plays too fast

Posted on 2004-11-12
Last Modified: 2013-12-29
Hello all,
I have an issue with my WMP. I just recently noticed this since I dont use it very much...
When I play a sound file or movie file, it plays it at least twice as fast as it should. I dont know how to change this configuration, if at all, it is a configuration issue. Also, something more serious, also in games (Mafia for example) every plays faster, movies, intros. The game itself is unplayable, since as soon as you do something that creates a sound the machine simply freezes solid...:-|
On my Windows XP machine, under the Play menu there is an option called "Play Speed". I have not seen this option on my Win98se platform.

Can someone please advise how to correct this issue...?
I dont care about WMP, I care more about being able to play the games on this Win98 config.

Question by:liorde
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    Expert Comment


    1. Deselect the "digital playback" option.

    2. MPEG Playback rate on Windows is governed by the audio sub-system.
    This effect is generally observed on machines with AC'97 audio when they are using the microsoft "BAM" driver. The problem is resolved with the installation of the vendor specific CODEC/Drivers--e.g. the Analog Devices SoundMAX(2|3), the SigmaTel driver, the VIA driver, the CMI driver, etc.

    Hope it works for you.


    Author Comment

    I dont know about Sound Max AC97. I have the nForce2 chipset on that mobo, which means that the sound system is called Sound Storm, if I am not mistaken.
    The digital playback option... where is it exactly?
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    Accepted Solution


    No longer there in WMP9...

    But check Windows Media Player > Options > CD Audio > Untick Digital Playback.

    Also try the "speaker" on the taskbar, double click it, click the "Advanced" button and untick "Digital playback only".

    See if that helps.

    Also worth a try is an update of the drivers:


    Author Comment

    Fixed it by installing the nForce2 drivres again.

    LVL 29

    Expert Comment


    Great news!



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