Friday, September 03, 2010

Windows 7 and WAV Files

Years ago (exactly how long ago in a minute) I recorded a short WAV file that I used as an announcement that my daughter had gotten on AIM.

When I upgraded to Windows 7 I set this as a pidgin Buddy Pounce. But it didn't work!

Oddly Windows Media Player would play it but Media Player Classic wouldn't nor would Windows 7 play it as a system sound. Hmmm.

Off to Google.

It wasn't on the first page but on the second page was this link.

That held the key and the solution to the problem.

I had recorded that WAV file using Windows 98's Sound Recorder application.

I fired up AudacityPortable and opened the old WAV file. Then I exported it as a WAV but obviously Audacity used a different codec.

That fixed it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I had a similar problem. But I found out is was the encoding bit rate! I was using audacity in Win7 and coulndn't get the sound to play for one of my recordings for our phone system. I did the same thing recored the anouncement on XP machine, trimmed it in audacity and it still didn't work. I spoke with a Cisco tech and he had me look at the number of bits I was outputing to. I needed to simply change it to 8 bit and it worked! Now I know.