Adding music to a game

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    Adding music to a game

    I already got the first level of the game working including sound bits for different things, but as soon as I tried to have music play the entire game I ran into a problem. There is nothing wrong with the code it compiles fine, but it won't run the music. No matter where I put the

    Code:
    if( Mix_PlayingMusic() == 0 )
                        {
                            //Play the music
                            if( Mix_PlayMusic( music, -1 ) == -1 )
                            {
                                return 1;
                            }    
                        }
    The game freezes as soon as it hits this function. The sound file is 1.5 mb and I am running on windows XP. Any insights? Thank you for your time.

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    try this..

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    if(Mix_PlayMusic(music, -1)==-1) {
        printf("Mix_PlayMusic: %s\n", Mix_GetError());
    }

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    Ok now the game will play regardless, but why won't the music play? It is the correct filename.

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    Did you get an error from Spidey's suggestion?

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    no error occured and the game doesn't freeze anymore... but the music still doesn't play. Is there a compatability issue between SDL_mixer and WinXP?

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    no error occured and the game doesn't freeze anymore... but the music still doesn't play. Is there a compatability issue between SDL_mixer and WinXP?
    None that I know of. Try breaking it down, Heres a sample I have tested on my computer..

    Code:
    Mix_Music *music = NULL;
    music = Mix_LoadMUS("music.wav");
    if(!music )
    {
    fprintf(stderr, "Couldn't load %s: %s\n", "music.wav",  
    Mix_GetError());
    }
    Mix_PlayMusic(music, 5);
    or try this..

    Code:
    int MusicVolume = 128;
    if (Mix_PlayingMusic() == 1)   Mix_HaltMusic();
    SDL_Delay(1000);
     
    Mix_VolumeMusic(MusicVolume);
     
    if(Mix_PlayMusic(music,  -1)==-1)
    {
    printf("Mix_PlayMusic: %s\n", Mix_GetError());
    }
    try it with a different file if this doesn't work. I have had times when certain files have failed for no apparent reason.

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    Tried all three I am at a loss. I already finished the game and moved on. Remeber how the game locked up until I took it out of the while playing music loop. I am assuming that I am just not successfully playing the music on my computer causing it to continually loop trying to unsuccessfully play the music. That was why I assumed I had a compatability issue, but no one seems to have heard of this. After I removed the while loop the game played fine, but there was no music. I guess after I finish the project I am working on tonight I will start a new file devoted to figuring this out. Trying multiple file sizes and stuff. If I stumble upon the answer I will post back to let people know. I appreciate your time spidey and carrotcake.

    Ohh and the printf function.... where does that text go? This might allow me find further information about the error.

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    Ohh and the printf function.... where does that text go? This might allow me find further information about the error.
    You'll have to run it through command line.

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    Well I spent most of this morning using every different way I can think of to initialize music. Starting new files downloaded multiple .wavs of different size. Phrasing the initialize different ways. I just can't get music to initialize. No matter the file size or name. Its very frustrating. I've only used SDL for a couple days so I will wait a while maybe revisit this problem in a couple weeks. If anyone could write a short source code that will load music for them and attach it so I can copy paste and change the file name to see if it is just phrasing that is incorrect I would appreciate it. (Though it might take away from my problem solving skills) Otherwise I have givin up for now lol.

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    Here, try this tutorial. It might help you figure out your bug as well.

    SDL_Mixer Tutorial

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