PlaySound() API is not working


GaryK4

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I use the program FreeFileSync. It plays sounds when a compare or sync is complete. With Win11, it no longer plays the sound.
The FreeFileSync forum responded to me as to what function they use. I wrote a quick .Net program and ran it on Win11 and my Surface Pro. Win11 does not play the sound file while the Surface pro does.
Function PlaySound Lib "winmm.dll" Alias "PlaySoundA"

Anyone else having this issue?
 

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Win11 does not play the sound file while the Surface pro does.
For starters, are you positive that the Win 11 machine plays any sound at all (system sound, media player, etc)?
 

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Yes, I am watching YTTV right now. As a test, I went into system settings, sounds and Program Events: I ran the sound test on many of the windows events (Exclamation, Device connect, etc) and they all work. I even downloaded an older version of the dll and pointed my test program to it. That still fails. It seems like windows does not use the same dll, just guessing.
 

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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8086K CPU @ 4.00GHz 4.01 GHz
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    32.0 GB
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    NVIDIA GeForce 1060 GB
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I cannot immediately see anything that suggests win32/winmm.dll is depreciated on Windows 11. Had you tried running the FreeFileSync program in compatibility mode, by any chance?
 

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    AMD Ryzen 5 5600
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    MSI B550-A Pro
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    16 GB
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    Sapphire Radeon RX 6500XT (8 GB version)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ Mobuiz EX2710Q QHD, Iiyama ProLite X23377HDS
    Hard Drives
    MSI Spatium M461 4TB
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    Windows 11
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer A114
    CPU
    Intel Celeron N4020
I cannot immediately see anything that suggests win32/winmm.dll is depreciated on Windows 11. Had you tried running the FreeFileSync program in compatibility mode, by any chance?
No, but I just tried it and it did not help. Run as admin did not help either. Seems like a Win 11 bug.
Side note: compatibility mode let's you select Win 8 or less, not Win 10.
 

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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8086K CPU @ 4.00GHz 4.01 GHz
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    32.0 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 1060 GB
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    (4) Dell & ViewSonic
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Have you checked the file is actually win 11 compatible? or is there an update or patch for it?
 

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Have you checked the file is actually win 11 compatible? or is there an update or patch for it?
I'm not sure what you mean. I am running Win11, did properties on the file and set the compatibility mode.
I don't know how to check for an update or patch to a system dll.
 

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    Windows 11
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    Dell
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8086K CPU @ 4.00GHz 4.01 GHz
    Memory
    32.0 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 1060 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    (4) Dell & ViewSonic
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What I meant is is FreeFilesync compatible with windows 11
Are you running the latest version 11.15 released on Dec. 3rd.
Check the program to see what version you are on, if not the most recent, get it from
 

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    Nvidia HD / Realtek ALC3254
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    18" QHD+
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I do have the latest version 11.15 (64bit). I just tried compatibility mode and run as admin. Neither helped.
I downloaded the latest version as soon as I detected the issue. The prior version did not work.
 

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    Windows 11
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    PC/Desktop
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    Dell
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8086K CPU @ 4.00GHz 4.01 GHz
    Memory
    32.0 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 1060 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    (4) Dell & ViewSonic
    Screen Resolution
    (2) 1920x1200, 1920x1080, 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
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Did it work with Win 10, if so I guess it is incompatible with win11
 

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    Alienware M18 R1
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    13th Gen Core i9 13900HX
    Memory
    32GB DDR5 @4800MHz 2x16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 4090HX 16GB
    Sound Card
    Nvidia HD / Realtek ALC3254
    Monitor(s) Displays
    18" QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    25660 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    C: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
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    Killer Killer AX1690 Wi-Fi Network Adaptor Wi-Fi 6E
    Bluetooth 5.2
    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen i-9 10900 K
    Memory
    32Gb Dual Channel DDR4 @ 8843MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    Nvidia
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    1920 x 1080
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Yes it did. I posted messages on their site. This is their response.
I'm not able to reproduce this on Windows 11, so it doesn't seem like a general issue. Unfortunately, the Windows PlaySound() function does not return error details on failure.
This is not a big problem, just annoying.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8086K CPU @ 4.00GHz 4.01 GHz
    Memory
    32.0 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 1060 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    (4) Dell & ViewSonic
    Screen Resolution
    (2) 1920x1200, 1920x1080, 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    C: 1.0 TB, D: 2.0TB, G: 500GB, H: 3.0GB
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Mouse
    Anka
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    200x20
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    Chrome
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    McAfee
So if it works on theirs on 11 so the program is compatible then it must be your setup somewhere along the line. these things take awhile to sort by process of elimination
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware M18 R1
    CPU
    13th Gen Core i9 13900HX
    Memory
    32GB DDR5 @4800MHz 2x16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 4090HX 16GB
    Sound Card
    Nvidia HD / Realtek ALC3254
    Monitor(s) Displays
    18" QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    25660 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    C: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    D: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    Case
    Dark Metallic Moon
    Keyboard
    Alienware M Series per-key AlienFX RGB
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
    Other Info
    Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller
    Killer Killer AX1690 Wi-Fi Network Adaptor Wi-Fi 6E
    Bluetooth 5.2
    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen i-9 10900 K
    Memory
    32Gb Dual Channel DDR4 @ 8843MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    Nvidia
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Hard Drive C: Samsung 2TB SSD PM981a NVMe
    Hard Drive D:Samsung 2TB SSD 970 EVO Plus
    Mouse
    Alienware 610M
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton

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