View Full Version : Need help playing wav files please.

04-30-2005, 10:13 PM
I apologize for ebing so ignorant, and thank you very much in advance for any help. I just recently started downloading wav files off the net. At least I think they are wav files. I had thought they would be mp3 files but they have a wav extension. They are music files. I have Windows Media Player. When I attempt to play the music it appears to play (the counter begins) but there is no sound. My speakers are operational (I am able to play CDs, for instance). Can anyone advise me how to proceed? My e-mail is leroy_neal@hotmail.com. Thank you so much.

05-01-2005, 02:11 AM
Have you tried playing those music files other than windows media player?

05-01-2005, 03:11 AM
Yeah - originally the default player was an application other than Windows Media Player. The results were the same.

05-01-2005, 04:07 AM
Sometimes, in an effort to protect music or other copyrighted sound material, the host allows only streaming sound. The .wav or other files left behind in one's cache or downloaded with 'save source as' are merely bookmarks or shortcuts. They generally will play if one has a live connection when loading them into a player but if you are offline, you are disconnected from the content. Check the size of these files, if they seem too small for the content expected, you have shortcuts, not the files themselves.

05-01-2005, 12:43 PM
The file is over 11,000K, still no sound.

05-01-2005, 03:21 PM
I have burned the file, about 50 minutes long, onto a CD. The CD appears to play - the counter runs - but no sound. It's definitely an audio file, as the CD creator recognizes it as such.

05-01-2005, 03:26 PM
Could you link me the file?

It might just be a dead wav. Or you might not have the correct codecs to play it.
I've got an Audigy 2ZS and codecs to play pretty much anything you can throw at me, so I'll give it a shot.


05-01-2005, 04:43 PM
I'd be glad to, but my ignorance limits me. :) How do I link it?

05-01-2005, 05:00 PM
"I just recently started downloading wav files off the net."

Just send me a link to the website and what you want me to download.
I wouldn't mind betting that it's just a problem with the way your drivers are set up.
It doesn't matter if you can play CD's or not if there is a grey (usually) cable coming out the back of the CD drive about 3mm wide connecting to your sound card, as this bypasses the need for drivers.

All I can think is either a driver failure or a dead .wav file.
(And weren't .wav's dead about 3 years ago?)