Can I run windows media player without a pci-sound card?

By madoukz ·
I am running windows server2003 on a hp proliant ml 150 g5 with windows update fully up to date. But if I try to open a sound file windows media player says: ...there is a problem with your sound device. There might not be a sound device installed...

My machine does not have an external sound card and I can't see if the motherboard has an integrated sound card. Can I then install any sound card driver or is there one specific for this machine. I have another server2003 machine that has been previously running media player just fine even though it has no pci-sound card. However since I formatted that machine, it also cannot run windows media player...

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by TheChas In reply to Can I run windows media p ...

I might be wrong, but as far as I know, Windows Media Player needs to at least believe there is a sound device connected to your computer.

There may be a registry hack or power toy that allows you to trick media player that you do have a sound device.

Of course, the big question is why would you want to use media player without a sound device?

The above stated, it is very possible that your motherboard has an on-board or integrated sound device. Most likely an AC97 CODEC of some sort.

The easy way to check is to open device manager and look for a device that is either unknown or not properly installed.

Once you verify that you do have a sound device, your best source for drivers is the system or motherboard manufacture. Download the correct driver and install it.


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