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zomg

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Recently my music's been switching off all of sudden. It often happens right after having played an mp3 or video file. Then, when I attempt to play a new one, I get this message (using Windows Media Player v11):

"Windows Media Player cannot play the file because there is a problem with your sound device. There might not be a sound device installed on your computer, it might be in use by another program or it might not be functioning properly."

This applies for all types of files, though they're all run by WMP. I don't have any music in games either and some games are even unable to run. When I try adjusting the sound in Control Panel, it says "no sound device" and nothing is accessible.
No errors show in Device Manager.

If I test the DirectSound in dxdiag, I get this result = "Error at step 3 (DirectSoundCreate): HRESULT = 0x88780078 (no driver).
However, if I test DirectMusic with my sound card as port (an onboard AC'97) I can hear the music fine. Also, I'm able to hear regular mouse clicks, like when clicking on my drives and the "error clicks" at all times.

Once I restart, however, everything is back to normal. For the time being.

Anyone got any ideas on how to solve this?
 
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