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    Media Player (Win XP)

    I have recently rebuilt my PC & now use Win XP. Previously in Win 2000 I played music CD's through the cd player with headphones. Now when I try to play a CD is opens up the Media player but the play button is always "lowlighted" and will not play. It recognises the CD's but refuses to play. I have tried using cdplayer.exe version 5.0.2179.1 but this will not play either - it thinks about it for a few seconds then says "not responding".

    Can anyone help. I hate being music-less <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21>

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    Re: Media Player (Win XP)

    Thanks Leif,
    I tried the troubleshooting article. I cannot hear any sounds with the Test DirectSound. I do not have any speakers I plug headphones into the CD player. Do I need to have any special settings so that it knows this?

    JOTO

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    Re: Media Player (Win XP)

    I'm not sure I can help any more.
    Do you have a sound card? - maybe the system won't allow you to play music if it thinks you are not going to be able to hear it . . <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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    Re: Media Player (Win XP)

    Yeah, and in addition (hate to ask such a dumb question) are you SURE you have the audio cable(s) connected to the CD drive properly? Been a long time, but I had this problem once on a machine but I don't remember what the heck the resolution to it was. That's why this thing about the audio cable popped into my head. You didn't specify exactly what your "rebuild" consisted of.

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    Re: Media Player (Win XP)

    It's not actually me with the problem!
    As I understand it, Joto is wanting to listen directly from the CD player - the audio signal would not necessarily need to go to any sound board, would it?

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    Re: Media Player (Win XP)

    Yo're correct Leif - no cable needed when you plug into the headphone jack on the CD unit itself. The only thing that comes into play in that scenario is the volume control on the drive itself. The audio signal is a line-level out suitable for headphones, with no amplification or additional processing. If it doesn't work there, then a) the rotary volume control is turned all the way down or [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] the CD unit is on its way to the graveyard for old PC parts. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Media Player (Win XP)

    Sorry, I just replied to the wrong post, Leif!

    I'll be danged if I can remember for sure. And I don't feel like taking the cover off my machine to see how the wires are plugged. I do know that if you don't have an audio cable from the CD to the sound card, you won't get any sound at the speakers. Just can't for the life of me remember about playing directly from the CD. I think you do have to have a sound card one way or the other.

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    Re: Media Player (Win XP)

    And then there is this from
    How to Troubleshoot CD-ROM Drive Problems in Windows XP (Q314096)
    <hr>If you can read a data compact disc but cannot play a music compact disc, use one of the following methods:

    In Control Panel, start Sounds and Audio Devices , click the Hardware tab, and then make sure that the CD/DVD drive is listed, along with Audio Codecs .

    If these items are not listed, use the Add/Remove Hardware program in Control Panel to reinstall these drivers<hr>

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