Windows Media Player no longer plays MIDI files, other apps work fine

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Windows Media Player no longer plays MIDI files, other apps work fine

Whenever I try to load a MIDI file in Windows Media Player after installing VirtualMIDISynth, WMM gives the following error: "Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file."

No matter which default device I have set, it always fails. I don't mind not having WMM as I always have other options, but this is quite bothersome. If anyone has a solution, please reply.

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Joined: March 25, 2012 - 01:19
Re: Windows Media Player no longer plays MIDI files, other apps work fine

That's really strange...

Have you tried to uninstall VMS? Uninstall procedure is really carefull in resetting the system to the state it was before install.
Another try is to follow this FAQ and double check the suggested steps.

If you're able to fix it, please let me know what was wrong so I can fix VMS too.

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Joined: May 17, 2017 - 14:12
Re: Windows Media Player no longer plays MIDI files, other apps work fine

Something is definitely rickety with WM_Player- see this post.

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Joined: March 10, 2017 - 05:55
Re: Windows Media Player no longer plays MIDI files, other apps work fine

Same exact issue. Is there a way to debug WMP to give more info regarding the crash?

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Joined: May 17, 2017 - 14:12
Re: Windows Media Player no longer plays MIDI files, other apps work fine

There's no need to worry about it for much longer. It's going to be pulled next rev.

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Joined: March 10, 2017 - 05:55
Re: Windows Media Player no longer plays MIDI files, other apps work fine

Well, I'm worried. I don't use midi much outside of games but having something broken bugs my OCD.

It's not just WMP, it's PotPlayer, Media Player Classic...

The big problem is a standalone MIDIplayer would be nice, but I also want the default Microsoft soundbase, if ONLY because that's how I grew up listening to some music.

Not sure if there's a way to reinstall the MIDI side of things. Here's the Potplayer error.

File Source (Async.)::Output
MIDI Parser::Out

==========================
Unable to get video/audio data.
==========================

Media Type 0:
--------------------------
Unknown

[AM_MEDIA_TYPE]
  majortype: MEDIATYPE_Midi {7364696D-0000-0010-8000-00AA00389B71}
  subtype: TIME_FORMAT_NONE {00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}
  formattype: TIME_FORMAT_NONE {00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}
  bFixedSizeSamples: 0
  bTemporalCompression: 0
  lSampleSize: 1
  cbFormat: 32

  pbFormat:
  0000: e0 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 à...............
  0010: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................

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Joined: March 25, 2012 - 01:19
Re: Windows Media Player no longer plays MIDI files, other apps work fine
prisoner416 wrote:
It's not just WMP, it's PotPlayer, Media Player Classic...

AFAIK, those players are all DirectX-based players, so they use the same media layer as WMP.
Maybe you could try to reinstall WMP: search Google for "Media Player disappeared after Fall Update install" and follow the instructions on how to reinstall it (sorry, I'm away from my PC, replying with mobile).

Also, have you followed my suggestion in 2nd post of this thread?

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