Re: Audio Compression Drivers

Mark L. Bardenwerper, Sr. (
Tue, 23 Jun 1998 20:05:25 -0500

See if this helps
Also found at
Error MMSYSTEM032: The specified format
cannot be translated or supported.

This is a Windows error that indicates you're trying to play a file that
supported by your sound card. The error comes ultimately from your sound
card driver. For example, if you try to play a 48khz file on a
SoundBlaster 16,
you'll get this error, because the SB16 only goes up to 44khz. You should
able to get around it by using /Edit/Convert Sample Type to lower the
rate or adjust whatever other parameters exceed your card's

Another possible cause: trying to play a 16-bit file on an 8-bit sound
such as a SoundBlaster Pro.

Also a great site that has tips on numerous CU Seeme problems has this:
Problem: MMSYSTEM032 the specified format cannot be translated or supported. Use
capabilities to view supported format error message.

1.Download and install, vatbin. This version fixes the MMSYSTEM032 errors
that many people are
having with SoundBlaster audio cards.
[ Source: new version (4.0 b2) of Windows 95 or Windows N.T vat available,
< >. ]
If this does not help, try
2.As of March 1998 there may be a problem with Cornell's C.U-See.Me when the
operating system
they are running on is using Interactive Desktop from Internet Explorer
4.x. It appears the solution is to
uninstall Interactive Desktop.
[ Source: Jason Williams, < >. ]
This is at wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> I am trying to use the CU software and keep getting a MMSYSTEM032, specified
> format cannot be translated...... . I think that this is due to the lack of
> the correct audio compression driver. I think I need the inteldvi or delta-
> mod drivers. At this time they do not exist within my system. I have many
> audio drivers, but not those.
> 1) Is my assumption correct?
> 2) Where can I get these drivers?
> 3) How do I go about installing them, once I have obtained them?
> I would be very grateful if someone could help me with this problem.
> Sincerely,
> Bill Cox

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