"Sound Recorder cannot record or play back because a sound device is not installed" error message when you try to play a sound (.wav) file in Windows 95

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When you try to play a sound (.wav) file, you may receive the followingerror message:
Sound Recorder cannot record or play back because a sound device is not installed. To install a sound device, click 'Add New Hardware' in Control Panel.

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This problem can occur if the "drivers=MMSYSTEM.DLL" entry is missing fromthe [boot] section of the System.ini file.
Add the following line to the [boot] section of the System.ini file:
If the line is present but has a semicolon (;) at the beginning, removethe semicolon.
Following the instructions in the error message does not eliminate theproblem, nor does removing and reinstalling the device in Device Manager.Removing and reinstalling all multimedia components also does not eliminatethe error message.

This problem can also cause other symptoms. When you try to adjust thevolume using Mixer Control you may receive the following error message:
There are no active mixer devices available. You may install or activate mixer devices from Control Panel. This application will now exit.
Media Player will run with this problem present, but the only device listedin the Devices menu will be Video For Windows.
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Article ID: 133073 - Last Review: 12/04/2015 11:42:22 - Revision: 2.0

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