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#1 Sightless

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:50 PM

So I have a very strange issue that I assume has existed ever since upgrading to Windows 8. I cannot play ANY media files on my computer using ANY program; Windows Media Player, VLC, FooBar, MediaMonkey, etc.

When attempting to play a song in Windows Media Player, either off of a CD or on my hard drive, after clicking play, the button briefly turns into a pause button and then back to the play button. It's basically saying the song is only a half a second long (even though the correct length shows up under "time" or whatever).

When using VLC, the file will play, but no sound will come out.

Videos give an error every time in Windows Media Player (Windows cannot play this file). They play in VLC and other video players but with no sound.

Videos & music from the web work fine.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:29 AM

I see number of similar posting on Google.
Do you have any errors in Device Manager?
Did you try to update/reinstall sound driver?
Create another account and see if you have same issue there.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:39 AM

Device manager seems to be clear.
I use SlimDrivers to keep my drivers up to date. Just checked manually and looks like my version is the most up to date.
I'll make a new user later and test that, but do you think it'd make a difference?

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:13 PM

Worth a shot.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:09 PM

Got the same problem on the Guest account.

But I fixed it! I downgraded my sound driver and that fixed it for some reason.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:21 PM

Cool beans :)

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:23 PM

I use SlimDrivers to keep my drivers up to date

In general drivers should be left alone.
Updating them for no reason AND in bunches is really bad idea.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:51 PM

I use SlimDrivers to keep my drivers up to date

In general drivers should be left alone.
Updating them for no reason AND in bunches is really bad idea.


I mostly got it after upgrading to Windows 8. All of my drivers were all out-of-whack after the update so I wanted to update them all as fast as possible.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:55 PM

The best idea is to go your computer manufacturer site and get drivers from there.
Update only those which are causing problems and one by one.
If you do this in bunches and some problem arises you'll never know which driver is causing issues.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 08:10 PM

The Acer driver site took a while to upload the Windows 8 drivers, which is why I used SlimDrivers.
I understand why it's not the best idea to mass-update, but I was getting frustrated with lack of touchpad features, sound, graphics settings, etc.




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