I recently upgraded to XP and so far I have to admit that I love the program. As a dj I primarily use my computer to store, burn and manage my music files in mp3 format. I originally scanned my massive music collection of 12 000 titles into my computer 4 or 5 years ago and I have never had a problem. Every time I needed them they were there in original condition.

Here is my current problem, I don't know if it's because of XP, or if I have a virus, or even if my HD is faulty but when I started to access my old music files this week I noticed that about every 7th or 8th file was corrupted. For example I would select "runaround sue" it shows it as the same title but it plays another song entirely, it doesn't start at the beginning either for example it would be walking on the sun by smashmouth and it would start in the middle. I was thinking that perhaps the files were just old and that might be the problem but I installed a batch of new songs last week only to find one today thats corrupted.

I am a professional dj in the Toronto area and needless to say this is a very scary thought that I might just lose over 6 months of work.

Please please help me



This question was answered on February 16, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I don't know what you are using now to play your files, so I'm assuming it's the default windows media player One way to fix it would be to download a newer version (version 9 at this time) from microsoft If that does not work then try a different mp3 payer I like these two:

WinAmp (

Liquid Audio

Or try this list:

If that does not work, then I'm sorry to say, your mp3's are corrupted.

Good luck,


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Posted by Alex of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 16, 2003