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    MID Sound File (98)

    I have a midi file that I can play from the desktop without any issues. However when I try to insert the file to PPoint from "clip art", no sound is available (MCI Error-The specified device is not open or is not recognized by MCI ). I am instructed to set it up via the control panel.

    Any help would be appreciated.
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    Re: MID Sound File (98)

    Hi John
    I have never tried to insert a sound clip from Clip Art so I tried my usual method. (I don't have 98 but I don't think it changed much between your version and mine (PPT2K))
    Insert | Movies and Sounds | Sounds from File
    This brings up a browser from which I found and inserted a MIDI file .
    Finally, without meaning to teach granny to suck eggs, remember that the presentation has to be in slide show mode before the sound will play.
    Hope this helps.
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    Re: MID Sound File (98)

    SB,

    I had no luck on PPT98 so proceeded to try it on PPT2K. Unfortunately for me, I'm still unable to get a peep out of a midi, wav or anything else that should make a sound. Granny is starting to look like a possibility. Just kidding....

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    Re: MID Sound File (98)

    This does actually sound (pun apology) like an OS setup problem. Different programs work in different ways, so some programs will play a midi file just fine, and others will balk when there is a problem with the software synth setup. What OS are you using and what sound card?
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    Re: MID Sound File (98)

    Wendell,

    My Op Sys is W2K and I am using the mother board's (EPoX or EP-MVP4M) built-in sound blaster compatible/directsound AC97 Audio.

    John

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    Re: MID Sound File (98)

    What is your default device for playing MIDI files? As I understand it (not an area I'm expert at), PPT wants to use the Windows Media Player for MIDI files. Check out "Mmsystem 296" Error When Inserting AVI or MPEG Files on the MS Knowledge Base and see if it applies to your situation.
    Wendell

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    Re: MID Sound File (98)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by WendellB on 27-Dec-02 18:03. activation of URL - WendellB)</P>PPT uses the MCI player to play sounds and video in PPT. Inserting the MIDI through the clip gallery/organizer is really a red herring, as you may have issues with this particular file even if inserted using Insert/Movie and Sound/Sound from File.

    My guess is your Windows settings have been hijacked by another multimedia program and you need to reset them. Good information on this is available at http://www.soniacoleman.com/Tutorials/Powe.../Multimedia.htm

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