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What Makes Windows Media Player 11 Warp The Sound Of My Mp3's?


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#1 garmann

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 04:28 PM

I've had this happen to me once before. It was bothersome but not so much because i mainly used iTunes for MP3 playback. But now i find i need to use windows media more and more.

When i open an MP3 file it launches media player 11 and starts to play and then within the first few seconds it slows down and drops a slight pitch. It totally warps the sound. After the initial drop it seems OK and steady. It does this on every MP3 and this is not happening on any other computer with the same MP3's nor does it happen in any other player on this same PC. It's really aggravating.

I have media player 11, i just did the SP3 update, It started about 2 weeks ago, I don't remember installing anything new other than updates for my anti-virus, anyDVD and zone alarm. I am on XP Pro and my software build is about 2 years old.

I've searched technet, MS Knowledge base and googled a lot of different word combos try and find an answer but i can not find anything on this subject. Has anyone heard of this same thing happening?

Anyone have any ideas outside of wiping my PC clean and doing a new software build?

(That is what fixed it when it happened a few years back)

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 07:48 PM

Hi garmann

Welcome to BleepingComputer.

I have no idea if this will help you, but it is worth a look. FWIW, I bought a new laptop at the beginning of the year and it was supposed to have all the bells and whistles including surround sound etc, but the sound in WMP 11 was scratchy and sounded like a blown speaker. I eventually took it back and we found that the Graphic Equaliser settings were all out. As I hadn't touched them I never thought of looking at something as simple as that, made me feel like a big git, LOL. 

Check under the Now Playing Tab/Enhancements/Graphic Equaliser.

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 12:55 PM

Some tips and tricks:
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