You receive a "MCI Error - All wave devices that can play files in the current format are in use" error message when you play many AVI files in Windows XP
When you play many Audio Video Interleaved (AVI) files in a window in Microsoft Windows XP, you may receive the following message:
MCI Error - All wave devices that can play files in the current format are in use. Wait until a wave device is free, then try again.
This problem occurs because the Media Control Interface (MCI) supports only 25 active video windows at the same time.
To resolve this problem, install this hotfix, and then make a change in the registry. With this hotfix, the number of active video windows that are supported has been increased to 200.
Hotfix informationA supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.
If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.
Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
PrerequisitesThere are no prerequisites to install this hotfix.
Restart informationYou do not have to restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement informationThis hotfix is not replaced by any later hotfix.
Registry informationImportant This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To enable this hotfix, follow these steps:
- Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
- On 32-bit editions of Windows XP, locate and then click the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\VFW
On 64-bit editions of Windows XP, locate and then click the following registry subkey:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\VFW
- Point to New on the Edit menu, and then click DWORD Value.
- Type MaxVFWConverters, and then press ENTER.
- Right-click MaxVFWConverters, and then click Modify.
- In the Value data box, type 300, and then click OK.
The value that you enter for MaxVFWConverters is three times the number of video windows that you require. For example, to play 100 video windows, type 300 in Value data.
Note The maximum value for MaxVFWConverters is 600. This value provides for 200 video windows.
- Quit Registry Editor.
Hotfix file informationThe English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Date Time Version Size File name ------------------------------------------------------- 06-Oct-2004 16:03 5.1.2600.1596 114,176 Msvfw32.dllWindows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Date Time Version Size File name ------------------------------------------------------- 06-Oct-2004 15:54 5.1.2600.2524 121,344 Msvfw32.dllWindows XP 64-Bit Edition (Itanium)
Date Time Version Size File name Platform ------------------------------------------------------------------ 06-Oct-2004 07:59 5.1.2600.1596 315,392 Msvfw32.dll IA-64 06-Oct-2004 08:03 5.1.2600.1596 114,176 Wmsvfw32.dll x86
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
Article ID: 884568 - Last Review: 08/29/2007 14:25:11 - Revision: 3.3
Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003
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