As it came to the title screen it froze, not running the little visual it does normally and an error message popped up saying "music error: cannot play music file. data files/music/special/Morrowind title mp3" and the game immediately closes, prompting a 'morrowind has stopped working, windows is searching for a solution to the problem blah blah'.
This has never happened before. So OK, maybe the file is corrupt. I go to the file it can't play, right click -> play... it plays fine... So, ok, the next thing i try is changing the name of the file to see if it bypasses it. i change it to something else, fire up morrowind again, it goes through to the title screen and this time plays through the visual with no sound, so i think "GREAT!" i load up my save game, the enviroment loads and after 2 seconds, it opens the inventory and brings up a similar error message "music error canno't play file *blah blah[name of .mp3 its trying to play for the background music, it changes depending on what track its trying to play]*.
So dam, its more of an integral problem than i had hoped, the file's aint corrupt. So after a little more research i had found out quite few people had been getting the same issue, and also came across that it may be a CODEC problem. The instructions for this specific problem on the Elder Scrolls official site, fixes for morrowind section states that -
[4c] Music error - "Can not play file. Data Files/Music/Special/morrowind title.mp3"
If you are getting this music error, do not fear! Your computer is probably just using a CODEC to play MP3 files that Morrowind cannot use (Morrowind is pretty picky about this).
First, make sure Windows Media Player is your default playback application for MP3 files (Morrowind needs this). Right-click any MP3 file (Morrowind's are located in C:\Program Files\Bethesda Softworks\Morrowind\Data Files\Music\...) and select "Open with", click "Choose program", choose Windows Media Player from the list, check the box "Always use the selected program," then click OK.
The following two paragraphs are for Windows XP users only - If the previous suggestion doesn't correct your problem, then download Nightmare's CODEC Reset Utility, extract it (DON'T FORGET TO EXTRACT IT!), and run the file "MP3FIX.BAT."
If that still doesn't correct the problem, then read the readme that came with the CODEC Reset Utility and follow the instructions to completely reset your system's CODECs to their defaults.
So i go through the initial steps, making sure that WMP is set to play .mp3 files... yes it is... then i make sure that WMP is set to play the title.mp3 file and set to 'always plays this file using WMP'... yes it is...
So i fire up morrowind again... still the same issue. So what the hell?!
This is where it gets tricky, As i'm on windows Vista, I cannot use the stated fix underneath the inital 'just check its using the right CODEC', as that stated fix is for XP only.
I don't know how t ogo about fixing CODECs, or where i should go to repair my CODECs. This is one of the things (amongst other stuff) i would like advise on.
Since then, the things i HAVE done (still not fixing the problem) are: System restore, complete uninstall and reinstall of morrowind, also deleting all the connected morrowind files in the %AppData% folder before the reinstall, Install the most up to date versions of DirectX, Java, Microsoft .NET, sound card drivers, video card drivers...
Nothing has worked, atall... i'm at a complete loose end and have been racking my brain over it since it happened. I LOVE morrowind, and have had to sacrifice my uberwtfpwn dark elf assassin and ALL the mods i spent months building to work solidly together, not to mention the hours of time i spent getting my character to the point she was at, not to mention my girlfriends sadness at loosing all our work put into the game...
i REALLY REALLY need to sort this out! PLEASE, anyone that can offer any helpfull advise on this matter i ask to please take the time to take in all i have said and reply with any possible fix that could solve this utterly annoying issue.
I await eagerly any reply (i feel sorry for my f5 button )
All the best. Nomad.