Previously, I wrote about problems getting the music to play problems getting MIDI music files to play in the Firefox web browser.
I also received an email from reader Carolyn, who wrote to ask:
Terry, as soon as I open an email, that has music in it, that music will play through dozens of emails. The same one over & over. At first, If I x’ed out of my email, the music would stop. Now, I have to completely restart my computer, to get the music to stop. What is going on? When I first start my computer, I get a message saying: “nview.dll has encountered a problem and needs to close”. Could this have anything to do with my music problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Carolyn, the basic problem is that, when you open one of those emails, it starts a program running on your computer. Your email program itself can not play music — it may link to Windows Media Player, QuickTime, RealAudio or even a player program that is included as part of the email.
If you are using Outlook or Outlook Express, an HTML email is viewed using Internet Explorer, which would automatically start one of them — or, if the email specified, could connect to a remote web site to download the file and possibly a player.
If the player program is not visible in your taskbar or status bar at the bottom of the screen, then you can press Control-Alt-Delete to pull up the Windows Task Manager.
If you don’t recognize the music player immediately in the list of running programs, click on the CPU column. This column shows the system load from each program. One click will sort low-to-high; a second click will sort high-to-low.
Select the music program and then click the End Process button.
Regarding your startup error message, a search of Google turned up the answer:
“nview.dll” is part of NVIDIA nView Desktop and Window Manager.
You can probably solve that error by downloading and installing a new video driver for your video card. Either go to your computer manufacturer’s site (if you have a brand-name computer) or to the web site of your video card manufacturer. This might not be NVidia, as they allow other manufacturers to license and use some of their video chips.
As your last choice, you could go to the NVidia web site and download their standard driver. This is the worst choice, if you do not have an NVidia-brand video card, because the video card supplied by the computer manufacturer or the third-party video card manufacturer may not work well with the official NVidia drivers.