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Multimedia Err Msg: Multimedia Timers Are Being Used...

Article ID: 102043

Article Last Modified on 12/2/2002


  • Microsoft Windows Media Player 8.01

This article was previously published under Q102043


The following error message occurs if you try to play a MIDI file from Media Player if the timer is not installed in the Drivers option in Control Panel or if the timer driver file (TIMER.DRV) is damaged:

All multimedia timers are being used by other applications. Quit one of these applications and then try again.


To reinstall the TIMER.DRV driver, decompress it from disk 3 of the Windows 3.1 disks (TIMER.DR_) using the EXPAND.EXE utility in Windows. Expand the TIMER.DR_ file into the WINDOWS/SYSTEM subdirectory as TIMER.DRV and place the following line in the SYSTEM.INI file under the [drivers] section:


For instructions on decompressing the TIMER.DR_ file, query on the following words in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

   w_win and expand and utility and -r

Additional query words: multimedia multi media multi-media kbmm sound mmtitles

Keywords: KB102043