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Solved windows media player


#1
this all started when I noticed the audio on my new sony vaio sounding a little....flat... hunting for sound settings left me less than hopeful..

hence the below:

ok.. I noticed windows media player is missing the equalizer in windows 8...

its usually under plugins.

can I get that back using either of the Audio effects (DSP) plug-ins found here? Plug-ins and add-ons for Windows Media Player - Microsoft Windows

further, will either be easily uninstalled if I dont like them?
 

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fireberd

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#2
They look like they will work. Create a "System Restore" point before installing any of those, then if they don't work or you don't like how they work just run System Restore and restore back to the point you created which is before installing anything.

Actually the create a system restore point is a good idea on any download or program update. Any problems and you can easily restore the PC back to how it was before the download or program update. System Restore does not delete any user data but any programs installed (or uninstalled) after the restore date will be removed.

(Edsel Murphy's Law is "1 plus 1 hardly ever equals 2") LOL
 

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#3
just a tad annoyed at the flatness of the audio is all.

is there another alternative to messing with wmp, like say..itunes for example?
 

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LittleJay

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#4
Add features - Microsoft Windows

After I added Windows Media Center, which doesn't come standard on 8 like it does on 7, then I was able to see the equalizer and other enhancements in Windows Media Player. Also, you will gain the capability of playing DVD movies in Media Player. Windows Media Center is free for a short while and you can read about from the link provided.
 

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Ex_Brit

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#6
You'll find that in Media Player not Media Center.
 

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Ex_Brit

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#8
Open Media Player (NOT Center) and right-click the bottom bar - the one with the stop, start and pause bar on it, and select Enhancements.


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bicycle

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#9
Thanks for the help. Turns out media player must be in the Now Playing mode for the options to show up. The options are not available when in the library mode. Very strange that Microsoft would hide these settings.

Now if I can only get my Excel and Word files to load faster than 12 seconds. No solution available for that problem.
 

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Ex_Brit

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#10
You're right....I was already playing something so never thought of it, sorry.

No idea re: the other problems.
 

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#11
oh you have got to be frakking kidding me... you mean I need the upgrade just to see those options?
 

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PJL

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#12
I didn't think Media Player had the equalizer either, but it does. Switch to the now playing view (lower right corner), then right click on the now playing window and select enhancements.

Oops solution already posted.
 

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#14
yeah, spotted that three days ago... been busy or I'd have posted. thanks man!
 

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WickedGirl

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#15
OK....color me an idiot, but even though I can find the equalizer setting in the drop down menu, when I click on it, nothing happens. I do have the Media Center installed, but that should not matter to Media Player anyway. What am I doing wrong here?

Update: After trying repeatedly to get this setting to work, it finally just did. Have no idea why. Ack!
 

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Ex_Brit

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#16
Yes they only show up in 'now playing' mode and maybe in your case, the machine was busy and popups got delayed as a result? Just a theory.
 

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eugenedebs

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#17
Mad as it may seem try turning ON the levelling in WMP. The levelling is not as severe as it was before. I can compare the sound using my HTC Sensation with Beats Audio and it is clear the Laptop is still not performing brilliantly. This is crazy given this is why I bought this laptop.

I also restored the defaults to the Beats Audio panel.

It has minimised the levelling on my Amazon loud device too.
 

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#18
Just forget wimp and get MusicBee
 

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