[BCAB] Intro and a Question

Joe Paton joe at vi-ability.demon.co.uk
Thu Aug 4 10:26:27 BST 2016

Hi mark,

If I may add something to this discussion, a .smil file,
synchronized multi-media integration Language,
is often found in daisy audio books.

It's not a pure audio file.
there is information at the other end of this wikipedia link.

It would help you to know the extentions of the files you are working with.

By default this is turned off, in most versions of windows. I can't recall if it was turned on in windows 3.11, but certainly from windows 95 it is off.

If you are running windows 7 or 8, in the search box, type "show file extentions"
then in tat dialogue, you can effect the change.

This won't apply if you are using a mac or something similar.

Best of luck and happy listening


On Thu, 4 Aug 2016 10:01:41 +0100
mark pemberton <m.pemberton59 at btinternet.com> wrote:

Hi and thanks David,

Since my post I have partly fixed the problem by changing the sound card settings from surround to stereo.  SpeakOn is now working and I can listen to CD's that way.

When I followed your steps and tried to play an MP3 file I got this:

Windows Media player dialogue, the selected file has an extension .snil that is not recognized by windows media player but the player may still be able to play it because the extension is unknown by the player.  You should be sure that the file comes from a trustworthy source.  Do you want the player to play this content?  Unfortunately yes doesn't do anything.

I tried going to the system volume control panel, as suggested, but Windows Media player was not there.You said that if this application is not passing audio to the OS which will also be a clue. so I'm hoping you may have an idea as I'm a bit lost!

Thanks again


On 03/08/2016 23:11, David Griffith wrote:
> Personally I have experienced problems with Windows Media Player and > use Winamp but it sounds like it is a wider problem than that anyway.  > You may have already done this but I think first you need to make sure > that an application specific mute has not been applied.
> 1. Load each application that is not playing audio in turn.
> That is for example try to play an mp3 file with Windows Media Player.
> Within the application check that application volume is set at a high > level like 100%.
> 2. Assuming that there continue to be no sound output then you need to > check system volume:
> 3. Press the start button and type Vol in the search box.
> 4. You should hear something like adjust system volume control panel.
> 5. Press enter to open up the control panel.
> 6  Now  Tab across the sound volume control panel to the application > that is not providing
>  expected audio, for example in your first test Windows Media Player,  > and  try to make sure that it has not, somehow, been muted.  Also make > sure that volume is not set to 0%. If it has you you need to press the > spacebar on the checkbox to unmute it or use the arrow keys to > increase system volume on the slider.
> Repeat these steps for each application, that is not behaving as > expected, that is Speak On and whatever you are using to play your > audio books to eliminate this as a possible cause of the problem.
> If the application you are testing does not appear in this control > panel then this application is not passing audio to the OS which will > also be a clue.
> David Griffith
> On 03/08/2016 14:00, mark pemberton wrote:
>> Hi all,  I am Mark from London and have just joined BCAB after >> hearing Andrew on the RNIB Tech Talk podcast.
>> Firstly, I'm hoping someone can help me with an audio problem on my >> new windows 10 desk top PC.  I am unable to play Talking book CD's or >> get any audio from my SpeakOn app.  Also I am not hearing sound >> effects from some audio games although JAWS 17 is working fine along >> with narrator.
>> The internal Sound Blaster card seems to be working OK     and I have >> set up Windows Media player as default for my audio with no effect.
>> If anyone can suggest a fix I'll be very grateful.
>> Secondly, I'm a cricket nut and have been pestering audio game devs >> to create a 20 20 style cricket game and I'm pleased to say that Ian >> Humphreys  of Spoonbill Games has taken up the challenge!
>> I can't wait and I'll keep you posted.
>> Thanks
>> Mark.

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