August 15, 2007

Windows Media

So, geek question here.

I have been using Windows Media forever (OK, but for years) and ran in to a new problem recently. I have been reripping all my CDs, slow and tedious but going along - until WM just stopped working.

When I put in a CD, it no longer displays the information (artist, album...) When I right click on it and say "Find CD info" it locates the right CD info, I click finish....and it doesn't display it. Nothing.

So, I used Music Match for a few CD's and it worked fine, though MUCH slower. Then I tried to get Windows Media to add the new files to my library. It goes through the whole process but doesn't add any of them.

I have rebooted, tried to luck.

Any ideas?

UPDATE: I tried to uninstall WMP, which doesn't actually work - but it did roll back to WMP 10. Problem solved, and the CDs are ripping a good 40% faster than they were in version 11 - even when it was working. Yay! 100 or so more to go :-)

Posted by Vox at August 15, 2007 11:31 PM | music

I have not had this problem but have had it freeze on me. Here are a few suggestions:

* Hard reboot (shutdown, wait a few minutes and restart.
* Reload WMP11
* Add more RAM
* Go to TOOLS> OPTIONS> LIBRARY and check "Retreive additional information from the internet" and "Only add missing information"

When you have a large collection of music, it may be advisable to use a separate computer as a jukebox. We have one dedicated to this purpose connected to the stereo (kinda like a glorified CD player). This will keep WMP from having to compete for attention / focus with you other applications.

Posted by: Woods at August 16, 2007 07:38 AM

Also, it should be noted that I have only had trouble with WMP11 when I have been ripping furiously. A hard reboot and some time away from the computer usually solved the problem. Once all the files were ripped, WMP11 and Windows Media Center have worked nicely.

Posted by: Woods at August 16, 2007 07:42 AM

Vox - I just sent you an email with more suggestions. Believe it or not, it was rejected from posting here due to "questionable content".

Posted by: Woods at August 16, 2007 08:14 AM

Tried all of that, left the computer off all day on Monday.

This isn't the usual locking up problem I was having before. It will play and/or rip the CD, just with no info (so it goes onto the hard drive as "unknown") and won't then show it as being in my music library. The connection seems to be fine, as it finds the right info when I right click --> find album info. It just doesn't bring it back to my computer. And that wouldn't explain why it wouldn't add the files I ripped with Music Match.

Very, very odd. I would think I reached some arbitrary limit, but I think you likely have as much, if not more, music in your WMP library...and it hasn't stopped accepting additions, has it?

I tried Winamp last night, way too slow.
Got a suggestion of iTunes, I'll try that if it will give me MP3s at the higher bit rate.
Otherwise, I guess it is Music Match and just accepting that my WMP library will be incomplete.

Posted by: Vox at August 16, 2007 08:59 AM

First, try deleting all Temporary Internet files. That may help with downloading information.

The other possibility is that your database is corrupt. Delete and rebuild it by telling WMP to rescan your computer.

(Search for the *.wmdb files, then delete or rename them.)

Posted by: bk at August 17, 2007 08:47 AM

I'd use this as an excuse to buy a new computer. You might want new shoes, too.

Posted by: Michael at August 19, 2007 06:41 AM