had been using ie 5.01 with no problem, then some files got corrupted and had to install ie 5.5, sp1. now i can no longer hear background sounds on pages that played fine in ie 5.01 and still play fine in netscape. these are pages with the sound encoded either just with embed or with embed AND with bgsound contained in noembed tags; it works with bgsound alone, which is ridiculous. good design requires the embed tag to assure all newer browsers being able to hear it.
the problem seems to lie in the newly installed ie5.5 not knowing what to use to open EMBED-coded autostart background sounds---it doesn't even display the console on those pages that code one in instead of using autostart.
YES, i have 'play sounds' checked in internet options, advanced, multimedia, and i even reset my security settings to lower. still no go. if i type in the actual url to the .mid file, WiMP opens with no problem and plays it. .mid files play fine from my hardisk (in WiMP 6.4). and YES, ALL FILE ASSOCIATIONS in WiMP and windows explorer are correct. PLEASE help. i posted in two ms ie5.5 newsgroups, but got no response. thanx!