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Album Player returns "Could not load the decoder error"

  1. #11


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    derekimo, Thanks, that update fixed it! Perhaps others ran into it too or the developer decided to see if he could find a bug or quirk in the program that could be causing it. I'll write and ask, but as I write now the music is playing. The Album Player is the best I've found short of Bug Head player, which is brilliant but as esoteric and quirky in its use practically as the developer.

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by highstream View Post
    derekimo, Thanks, that update fixed it! Perhaps others ran into it too or the developer decided to see if he could find a bug or quirk in the program that could be causing it. I'll write and ask, but as I write now the music is playing. The Album Player is the best I've found short of Bug Head player, which is brilliant but as esoteric and quirky in its use practically as the developer.
    You're welcome, Glad you got it sorted.
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  3. #13


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    Actually, I realized that I didn't download the FFmpeg decoders just now, but the main x64 program file. So something must have changed.

    Update: installing those in-FFmpeg files in the main player folder caused the decoder error to return. It's a good idea that I didn't install them right off! I've written the developer to ask about them.
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  4. #14


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    It turns out that the player works once or twice after an install and then goes back to either the decoder error while loading or a "can't read the file" error box upon clicking play. The developer says he hasn't changed anything in the latest update that would affect decoding.

    I think what I'm going to do next is an in-place reinstall of Windows. I think that's what brooksndun has been trying to suggest, but I'd forgotten about that (done it before).
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  5. #15


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    Quote Originally Posted by highstream View Post
    I think what I'm going to do next is an in-place repair reinstall of Windows. I think that's what brooksndun has been trying to suggest, but I'd forgotten about that (done it before).
    Didn't solve it. As I suspected, not Windows but some other conflict.
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  6. #16


    wait.. now hold on there soldier..

    Which "in place install" did you do??

    because the difference between refresh and reset and a clean install could and would change drivers and the way windows might use codecs.. compared to a "repair" install

    especially since nobody else appears to have this problem.. it unfortunately is looking like your system setup..

    perhaps your special audio card you have?

    or you even mentioned it worked once or twice and then had an error? was that enough time for windows to download and change a codec ? can you try running the program disconnected from internet?

    is comodo doing something with the way your audio card and system works? What has been updates since this stopped working?

    I have a feeling you didnt do the "reset" or "clean windows" install.. That may be your last option to see if it's a system change..

    I'm guessing you already did a macrium backup to just put back anyway..

    I'll try this program too and see what happens even though I have different system than you.. but similar.. (Samsung SSD, 16gig ram, etc..)

    It is all files that you get the decoder error? or just certain wav or aiff or mp3 files??

    Can you send me the specific song that give you a decoder error and I will try it on my system with your audio program..

    and I wasn't thinking more about your system and noticed this "special usb sound card".. whats the deal there?? hmm..

    also noticed in your first post you had this..

    After running it successfully for months, for the past three days it's been returning an error box on starting the program with the message, "Could not load the decoder." But the thing is the decoder file, ap2decoder.exe, shows as a running process in Windows Task Mgr (Win 8.1 x64 Pro). The developer says the decoder program hasn't changed in five versions (since 2.101, now 2.105).
    what can you remember that got updated before it stopped working? comodo? sound card?
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  7. #17


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    I did the following: Repair Install Windows 8

    Updated none of the above. Turning off the only things updated didn't have any effect.

    The question is, why does it work on unzip (noninstall) once or twice, then go problematic, i.e., decoder error. For example, last night after unzipping the x32 version it was playing right before I shut down, but wouldn't play this morning first thing on (cold) startup.
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  8. #18


    yeah, ok well if you have a latest "image" from macrium already saved on an External USB/Drive then I would have tried the "Reset" actually..

    but then you have to install your audio card drivers and such.. but that is strictly to see if it was something like that causing this decoder error..

    then you would just put your macrium usb boot disk back in and put your image from before back on and it's like nothing changed..

    this one -- Reset Windows 8

    But, anyway, it works a couple of times right after you unzip it aye??? then your sound card software or windows is changing something after the first or second time.. I assume..

    You do seem to have a special sound card right? not just the built in sound card?

    I just downloaded the program.. but I'd have to try your file that needs decoding..
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  9. #19


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    [I've checked the box on this thread for Show your signature, but have yet to see it.] I use a JCAT USB card, a USB cable from it to a Uptone Regen, and from there to a PS Audio Directstream dac, the latter having its own USB driver and speaker driver. JPlay is also running, including JPlay Streamer, but turning them off, or turning off Process Lasso, Fidelizer and anti-malware programs don't solve it.

    I would think most any folder with mp3 or flac files will do for testing, but the most common problem, the decoder error box, shows before that on program startup. That is, the main screen opens, disappears, and then instead of reopening I get the decoder error box (but with ap2decoder.exe process running).

    I should mention that there is an outside possibility this is related to a bit of motherboard instability (Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK). SATA III Port 0 on the mobo can take a regular SATA cable, but can't handle the JCAT SATA cable (system SSD), so I had to move it. The latter on that port caused intermittent boot problems, which Gigabyte says there is no reason for. In additioning to cloning the new driver, this was part of the problems I had last summer, mentioned in another thread. I've held off sending the board back because of the assembly hassle and Gigabyte's turnaround being about three weeks.
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  10. #20


    Hate to say it.. but this sounds like a problem with hardware comparability then..

    especially since the developer has informed you that this is something he never heard of and he didn't change the way the encoder works since the last versions..

    I mean now your mentioning how your motherboard may have incompatibility and you just had to have a special sound card setup as well didn't you! yikes! ha

    Of course you should be able to use this program without a problem but..man

    I guess there is no other audio player you can get used to by any chance that doesn't have decoder errors?? ha..


    I mean the only thing left to try is if the developer allows you to set which decoders the program uses.. or you do a "reset" windows (after macrium backup!) or try different audio drivers and settings with your motherboard audio / bios or the card settings itself..

    if you Reset, you will need to download your audio drivers and etc.. but that is for testing purposes anyway to see if you still get the decoder error.. whether you do or don't get the error, you would still just put back your macrium image of right now back onto your hard drive anyway..





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