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Old 21. Mar 2014, 01:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Garbled sounds on Win XP

OK, I know this is not a "support" forum, but I also figure this site does get a LOT of traffic, so maybe I will get lucky and find the help I ma looking for. So here goes:

OK, I a number of movies stored on DVD's all of them in MP4 format.
The last time I had played any of them was several weeks ago. And back then they all played extremely well.
Now though, every single one I play (this is in Windows XP SP# mind you),when I play them, the video is excellent, but the audio is really messed up, all warbley and stuff, and oh yeah a vouple of them when the sound is messed, the vide3o also flakes out a little.

Now, here's is the kicker (also why this driving me nuts), when I boot into my Linux partition, and play the same video in VLC there (currently only player I have installed in linux) they ALL play PERFECTLY.

The screw ups ONLY happen in WinXP. From what I have seen on the net (nothing seen comes close to my issue tho) I have either got codec issues, driver issues, or who knows what issues.

In WinXP I currently have the following video players installed:
1. Pot Player
2. GOM Player
3. MPC
4. VLC
5. Zoom PLayer

ALL of them exhibit same problems, some worse than others.

ANY help here woulfd be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 21. Mar 2014, 01:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Since the issue seems to happen in XP only, that means the videos on your DVDs are all fine, and the issue is with XP itself.

Did you try to play any other audio files on XP? Or, even YouTube videos on the internet? Or, other videos besides not on DVDs?

If the sounds from these are garbled too, that means something is wrong with the audio system on XP. You can try uninstalling the drivers and reinstalling them. Make sure you have the drivers before you uninstall.
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Old 21. Mar 2014, 04:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Cool Eureka..its solved!

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Since the issue seems to happen in XP only, that means the videos on your DVDs are all fine, and the issue is with XP itself.

Did you try to play any other audio files on XP? Or, even YouTube videos on the internet? Or, other videos besides not on DVDs?

If the sounds from these are garbled too, that means something is wrong with the audio system on XP. You can try uninstalling the drivers and reinstalling them. Make sure you have the drivers before you uninstall.
Well, I put a DVD I have which is one of a couple that have my MP#'s backuped to, and tried playing one of the MP3's...SAME symptoms. Now, what I forgot to mention was that a MP4 video or MP3 music file played PERFECTLY if it was on the hard drive, the weirdness ONLY happened when playing it from a DVD/CD in the the drive.

OK, so I tried first my codecs pack, removed it rebooted installed newer and rebooted...NOTHING.
Then tried the drivers for sound card...same thing.
Then completely removed Directx 9.0c and rebooted then reinstalled...WORKS PERFECTLY !!!

Traced it to ONE cause ONLY.. that damned stupid update for Windows XP from MS Tuesday March 11th, 2014.
This one:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...letin/ms14-013

https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2929961

The DirectSound "update" scrambled my system and caused the problems, because the removal and reinstall of DirectX proved that, because after reinstall..the supposed patch was no more and it all worked just fine. So, I took measures to make sure that patch is NEVER installed again.

I know it sounds paranoid, but I have read of NUMEROUS instances, that the last patch for XP has caused real havoc in wonderful ways. For me LUCKILY, only screwed up my audio playback from an optical disk.
Others, less fortunate, had their machiens put into a PERMANENT reboot loop with no way out.

Thanks Anupam, for "steering" my mind in the right direction.!
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Glad to know you were able to solve it. And all credit goes to you only, that you were able to locate the cause on your own. I wouldn't have guessed it was due to DirectX. Strange problem.
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I know it sounds paranoid, but I have read of NUMEROUS instances, that the last patch for XP has caused real havoc in wonderful ways. For me LUCKILY, only screwed up my audio playback from an optical disk.
Others, less fortunate, had their machiens put into a PERMANENT reboot loop with no way out.
Maybe this is a ploy by Microsoft to force everyone onto a later version of Windows.
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Old 21. Mar 2014, 09:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Believe it or not, that appears to be the DOMINANT theory as to why, after the "last" update for XP arrived, suddenly (magically" all these issues started happening.
I personally would never put it past MS.
Besides, I have bad news for them, even if I could afford the new equipment to leave XP, I would NOT go with 8.1. Why would I want an OS that no matter what was predominantly designed for a TOUCH interface? My friends and I see no use for it, as we do graphics things, and some of tinker with CAD. Both areas TOUCH is USELESS. And will ALWAYS be useless for.
I would love to upgrade to Win7Pro, but, lack of funds needed to either buy a new system that would be able to run it "properly", or to build one that would work just make it impossible. I had someone recommend I switch over to linux completely, but as I told them, some apps don't play nice with Wine, and I would still need more horsepower to a virtual machine. Also, I love 2 games (Quake 3Arena, and Doom 3) and I have NEVER gotten either to install let alone run properly under linux. Q3A came close, even tried the ioquake3 variation, but when you run the game the screen goes completely black and my monitor itself states CANNOT DISPLAY THIS RESOLUTION. So, I have no choice but to run dual-boot. Besides, a lot of the apps I like, simply do NOT have a GOOD replacement under linux.
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