"Media changing..." Six second delay for songs to start playing in

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Music, Pictures and Video' started by M. Krantz, Feb 3, 2007.

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    M. Krantz Guest

    Hey. Anyone else noticed that when you click on a song to play in WMP 11 in
    Vista that it takes six seconds or so before it starts to play. I get a
    message saying "Media changing." It's odd because my XP system with the same
    music files played songs in about 2 seconds. Any ideas?
    M. Krantz, Feb 3, 2007
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    Dale Guest

    Are you talking about clicking in the Windows Media Player library to start
    the songs or in Windows Explorer?

    I just tried about 25 times, double-clicking songs in my 10000 track
    library, and every single time I had audio in what appeared to be less than
    a second.

    Are there other applications running on your PC that may be slowing things
    down? I have about 20 open items on my task bar including Visual Studio
    2005 and other memory hogs.

    While it doesn't usually cause delays like 6 seconds, you may also check
    your hard drive fragmentation. Fragmentation certainly does affect hard
    drive performance. Hard drive fragmentation, along with insufficient RAM,
    is a leading cause of slow response when opening files or starting programs

    So, how much RAM do you have? Like I said, insufficient RAM is another
    cause of slow response when opening files or starting programs.

    In any case, it doesn't appear to be a general problem in WMP 11 though it
    may be a problem when combined with some other hardware or driver or
    configuration on your specific PC.


    Dale, Feb 3, 2007
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    M. Krantz Guest

    It is a brand-new Dell PC XPS with a Dual 2 Core processor and 2GB of RAM.
    With that much horsepower, that's why it's confusing about the six second

    Do you have any suggestions of what preinstalled software may be causing the
    delay? It has Roxio and Norton Internet Security ... wonder if that's a
    M. Krantz, Feb 3, 2007
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    Tabris Guest

    The same thing is happening for me, yet I usually have to wait 10 seconds for
    anything to start playing. When I play a playlist, it can switch to the next
    song quickly, but at the sacrafice of sound at the end of the current song.
    It starts skipping and jumping like its doing its best to load the next song
    into RAM.

    I have a Dual Core Intel Processor T2600 at 2.16 GHz, 2 Gigs of Ram. One
    interesting thing I noticed is that Winamp loads the songs just fine. No more
    than one second to load.

    Also, this problem occurs within Windows Media Center as well.

    Something's up =/.
    Tabris, Feb 5, 2007
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    M. Krantz Guest

    M. Krantz, Feb 5, 2007
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    Fred Newkirk Guest

    I have the same media changing issue. Anyone who knows why would be my best
    friend forever! Really tired of the media player issues already. I have an
    XP Pro SP2 box setting right here next to the Vista and it will play the file
    perfectly, and no Media Changing dialog and no stutters or choppy play.

    HELP! C'Mon MS what is the DEAL?

    Fred Newkirk, Feb 6, 2007
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    VN Guest

    I also have the same problem. With MP3s, or DivX files it takes at least 5-6
    seconds to load, with the "Media Changing" sign appearing just while the
    delay happens. However, if I play AVI or WAV files, it plays instantly. Any

    I have a brand new Sony Vaio FE41Z, which is the top-end of the new Spring
    2007 Vista laptop releases.

    I didn't have this problem on my HP Pavilion Windows XP machine, with
    one-quarter the specs my new Sony Vaio has!
    VN, Feb 8, 2007
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    Julian Guest

    I also get this problem. And when playing a playlist, when one song (mp3) is
    reaching the end, it can not play smoothly, like trembling for 1 or 2
    seconds. I guess it is getting for the next song. But why this would effect
    the quality of the playback??
    Julian, Feb 8, 2007
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    Cameron S. Guest

    I have the EXACT same problem. I just installed Vista(a clean install) and
    loaded all the drivers for my Sony Vaio including the Vista updated Sound
    Card driver. All my MP3 files take about 5 seconds to load up in Media Player
    and I get "Media Changing" at the bottom. Also, at the end of every song I
    get the same "choppiness and the song starts to break apart and jitter before
    the next song is able to start smoothly. It's driving me crazy. I tried
    reinstalling the original Vista sound drivers with no success. Everything was
    flawless on XP SP2.
    Cameron S., Feb 10, 2007
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    Julian Guest

    I have decided not to use wmp11 to play mp3 unless a fix for this releases.
    Julian, Feb 10, 2007
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    Andy L Guest

    I am having the exact same opening problems - taking around 6-10 seconds to
    open MP3s saying "changing media" - even the bundled songs with Vista do the
    same. The same mp3s play fine on my xp home sp2 and my girl friends Sony Vaio
    C2 vista home premium laptop - but not my new laptop! (Sony Vaio FE41Z) I
    would be soooo greatful for any advice or fix... please!
    Andy L, Feb 10, 2007
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    VN Guest

    It appears this is a problem with the Audio Drivers. On the Sony FE41Z, if
    you uninstall the SigmaTel audio drivers and reboot, windows installs its own
    driver. This removes the delay problem. For other machines, try the same
    thing, alternatively wait for a new Audio driver.
    VN, Feb 11, 2007
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    Julian Guest

    I know what to do now:

    For Sony notebooks,
    From Control Panel -> Sound -> Speakers / Headphones ->Properties ->
    Effects ->tick disable system effects ->[OK]

    I am so happy to have this problem solved! ^_^
    Julian, Feb 12, 2007
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    Andy L Guest

    Brilliant cheers Julian - seems to have resolved!

    Andy L, Feb 13, 2007
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    Dale Guest


    That's a great find! Can you tell us how you discovered that solution?



    Dale, Feb 16, 2007
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    Julian Guest

    After I uninstalled the Sigmatel driver supplied by Sony, I found the
    "Sound" panel was changed. Then I re-installed this driver and try to play
    around the options in the "Sound" configuration...


    Julian, Feb 18, 2007
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    Frank Guest

    This link solved the problem on my dell nspiron 6400. Cheers!
    Frank, Mar 28, 2007
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    snu6 Guest

    I have also a Vaio with Vista:
    click on your audio settings and deactivate system effects or enhancements.
    (I use a german version, so I can't describe exactly the english phrasing)
    snu6, Mar 28, 2007
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    juliusharry Guest

    I have the same problem changing songs on dell 9400. I downloaded the site
    Mr. Kantz suggested and still having the changing problem. Never had this
    problem on my windows xp desktop.anybody have any other suggestions. HELP!!
    juliusharry, Jun 21, 2007
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