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Certian Wav Files not Working for Win7

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September 1, 2011 5:20:58 AM

I am trying to use a certain wav file for my windows log off in windows 7 ultimate x64. The file is only about 7k and only about 0.5 second long. I have smaller shorter wavs that work, and larger longer wavs that also work. I know the sound file works, as I can open it in any media app and listen to it. For whatever reason I can not use it for any windows sounds. As far as I can tell it meets all the guidelines for use as a system sound.
September 1, 2011 8:07:27 AM

download vlc latest media player then try if not working then the problem is in the file...
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September 1, 2011 2:05:13 PM

@pro-gamer
kaynith is trying to use a wav sound he/she made to be used as a system sound, not trying to play it.

@kaynith
Welcome! Although I understand what you are trying to do, I don't have a solution yet. I am going to look for it. May be someone will have an answer for you before me.
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September 1, 2011 2:23:21 PM

Pure guess, there is something "wrong" with the file. Either the bit rate is wrong, or the Hz is wrong, etc. Run it and a file that does work through a audio program and find how they are different.
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September 1, 2011 4:50:19 PM

@Pro-gamer I do use VLC player.

@Pyree Thanks for the support. Hopefully someone will.

@4745454b this was my initial thought as well. However, I never followed through. My bro is an A/V tech, and has all kinds of crazy audio software to check that, so I will forward it along to him.

I should also mention that this was a sound pack I originally gotten years ago, and used as my XP sounds, where said file worked! I even redownloaded the file just to make sure my zip file hadn't become corrupt. Thanks of the help, if anyone else has an idea please let me know!
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September 1, 2011 5:21:33 PM

More info! On the advise of our numerically named friend, I had my bro check the bit rate and Hz of the non-working and working file. Both have a bit rate of 8 and are 8kHz.
The non-working file would not work on his comp either (Dell running Win7 Home Premium x64). Mine is a custom built machine, that I put together myself, and his is OEM, so that is not an issue...There must be some tiny detail that makes it incompatable with win7 as a system sound. Too bad cause it worked with XP. If you like, you can send me a private message with your email addy, and I will forward the files along to anyone that wants to make an in depth analysis.
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September 2, 2011 12:32:00 AM

Format : Wave
File size : 27.6 KiB
Duration : 1s 410ms
Overall bit rate : 160 Kbps

Audio
ID : 0
Format : MPEG Audio
Format version : Version 1
Format profile : Layer 3
Format settings, Endianness : Little
Codec ID : 55
Codec ID/Hint : MP3
Duration : 1s 410ms
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 160 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Sampling rate : 44.1 KHz
Compression mode : Lossy
Stream size : 27.6 KiB (100%)

pulled these info from a window 7 sound

looks like they are actually an mp3 file, but changed to a .wav extension, not actually encoded in wav.
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September 2, 2011 1:38:33 AM

kaynith said:
More info! On the advise of our numerically named friend, I had my bro check the bit rate and Hz of the non-working and working file. Both have a bit rate of 8 and are 8kHz.
The non-working file would not work on his comp either (Dell running Win7 Home Premium x64). Mine is a custom built machine, that I put together myself, and his is OEM, so that is not an issue...There must be some tiny detail that makes it incomparable with win7 as a system sound. Too bad cause it worked with XP. If you like, you can send me a private message with your email addy, and I will forward the files along to anyone that wants to make an in depth analysis.

this is scout _03 send me one of those file so will try it ,e-mail fanyvo@hotmail.com
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September 2, 2011 2:26:46 AM

@scout_03 Sent!

@Pyree Perhaps I should convert it to an mp3, and then just change the file extension! (Note, I decided to try this just to see, and it didn't work!).

Interestingly enough, I decided to see if it would work in XP Virtual Machine, so I booted it up, and sure enough, it works there just fine as a system sound!!! Won't work for Win7 but will work for XP running in a virtual environment inside of Win7!!! :??:  :pfff: 
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September 2, 2011 7:28:33 PM

your file is a 64 kbts so convert it to mp3 at 128kbts then reconvert the mp3 file to wav so that give you a value of 1411 kbts same as use in wimdows 7 sound
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September 2, 2011 7:33:01 PM

@scout_03 Thanks This worked!!!

Awesome guys! Thanks for all the help...Now maybe I will be able to help someone out as well...
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September 2, 2011 7:33:14 PM

Best answer selected by kaynith.
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September 3, 2011 6:16:41 PM

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