WMP refuses to start, only play Asterisk (Windows Error)

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Music Fan, May 9, 2004.

  1. Music Fan

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    Hi, maybe someone has seen this one -- XP seems to be clean, all updates from Window update loaded, no viruses (I passed eTrust). Yet when I try to start Windows Media, I just get the asterisk sound (Windows Error).

    On the other hand, the sound device is not disabled: Midi files play OK, and so do MP3s --> I downloaded WinAMP and it does work fine. I need however WMP because I have my CDs stored in Windows Media Lossless

    Thanks fir any clues.
     
    Music Fan, May 9, 2004
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  2. Does this help? If WMP doesn't open when you click on the icon or the WMP
    icon has changed it is likely being caused by Malware on your system. There
    are more than a few programs that will help you get rid of this. Below are
    some options for you to try.

    This might also cause WMP to launch when you log in or turn on your PC.
    http://www.nwlink.com/~zachd/pss/pss.html#startup

    PestPatrol
    http://pestpatrol.com/PestInfo/w/winpup32.asp

    CWShredder
    http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html

    Housecall AntiVirus
    http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

    Ad-aware
    http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/

    After you get all of the malware removed then you will want to reinstall
    Windows Media Player over itself. Depending on how WMP was installed on
    your machine you may already have the installer. If you do it is located in
    C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\Installer. The file name of the
    installer is "mpsetupxp.exe"

    If you don't see the folder then run C:\Program Files\Windows Media
    Player\setup_wm.exe and that will re-download the installer and install it.

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    from Window update loaded, no viruses (I passed eTrust). Yet when I try to
    start Windows Media, I just get the asterisk sound (Windows Error).
    and so do MP3s --> I downloaded WinAMP and it does work fine. I need however
    WMP because I have my CDs stored in Windows Media Lossless.
     
    Chris Lanier [MVP], May 9, 2004
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