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    Playing music

    Hi I need help on some code on playing music in my program. I get this error that I dont know how to fixs with my code so maybe you all can help me out. I'm just trying to figer out how this code works if my code seems a little short^^;
    Code:
    #include <iostream>
    #include <windows.h>
    
    using namespace std;
    	
    int main(void)
    {
     PlaySound("nameofsound",NULL,SND_FILENAME|SND_LOOP|SND_ASYNC);
     getchar();
    }
    <This code has been eddit so other can see how the code works, so other can get help on playsound()>


    I'm using c++ but this is windows things so I thought I post it here; but if I am wrong on this, sorry to post my q/n right here^^;
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    Link winmm.lib in with your project.

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    Hmm, now it says "winmm.lib: No such file or directory. " I dont know if its just my compiler or not. I'm using Dev-c++ 4.9.9.2.
    Last edited by adr; 12-28-2005 at 02:09 PM.

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    Libray names are different with MinGW, the compiler tool set for which dev-cpp is one ide for. The libraries are prefixed with 'lib' and have an 'a' extension so, winmm.lib becomes 'libwinmm.a'. However, it's more usual to pass -lname_of_lib_without_prefix_or_extension to the linker; and that is a small case letter 'L' at the start, if you're in any doubt.

    Do the following in Dev-cpp to add that particular library to your project:

    Project menu -->project options --> parameters tab, add -lwinmm to the 'linker' field.
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    Ok... ; ; I am having still no luck at this. I adding the #include <libwinmm.a> to my code as seen. I still get the error say its not there and I did add "Project/Project Options/Parameters/Add Library" to it but still nothing>< grrr.
    Code:
    #include <iostream>
    #include <windows.h>
    #include <libwinmm.a>
    
    using namespace std;
    	
    int main(void)
    {
     PlaySound("C:\\WINDOWS\\02 - Balamb Garden.WAV", 0, SND_ASYNC | SND_FILENAME);
    }
    Last edited by adr; 12-28-2005 at 08:05 PM.

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    >>I adding the #include <libwinmm.a> to my code as seen.<<

    Remove that as it's garbage; you include libraries as linker options only (unless you use ms compilers and favour #pragma masochism).

    If you have linked the required library as I have described and removed the erroneous #include, then your code should at least build. If it doesn't, you should provide us with the exact warnings or errors that are generated to better help us to help you.
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    It builds, then I hear this sound, then it closes when I remove #include <libwinmm.a>.Sorry i'm just trying to get how this playsound() works>< Dont know if this is something >8:12 C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\main.cpp [Warning] unknown escape sequence '\D'<

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    Quote Originally Posted by msdn
    SND_ASYNC The sound is played asynchronously and PlaySound returns immediately after beginning the sound.

    See PlaySound
    For the console disappearing immediately, read the faq.
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    I was showed that it plays the sound but lets the rest of the operation keep going till it has it playing, so it doesnt stop the program.>< I'll take a look at this more. Thank you for so much help.

    I know how to stop it from closeing very easy, that was not one of the problems.
    Last edited by adr; 12-28-2005 at 09:04 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adr
    < Dont know if this is something >8:12 C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\main.cpp [Warning] unknown escape sequence '\D'<
    MinGW and other gnu tools, are none too fond of spaces in path names - make sure you've both installed dev-cpp to a path without spaces and that any projects you create are likewise in paths without spaces.
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    Oh I got 1 more q/n, sorry to ask, but what if I dont want to have a project for this. Dev will only give link to the lib if its a project. Is there a way around this use of having to link the project to the lib so I dont have to make it a project? I'm so new to this, sorry to bother so much.

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    You probably have to have a project. Maybe there's some little trick outlined in the Dev-C++ documentation, but most IDEs use the "project" concept to store information about a whole program you're making, when things get more complex than just a source code file. Since you're linking in another library, that's probably the case - so just use a project. They're not too difficult to use.

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    Search the board, many people have asked this question before. (Including myself.)

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    maybe take a look at fmod? http://www.fmod.org/
    It's free for personal use. As of posting, shareware license for 1 title is $100, and commercial licenses cost quite a bit more (but may be reasonable, i'm not knowledgable about pricings and such)

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