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Excel: OLE Sound May Not Work if SoundBits Is Installed

Last reviewed: September 12, 1996
Article ID: Q102335

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Excel for Windows, versions 4.0, 4.0a
  • Microsoft SoundBits, version 1.0


If you embed an object linking and embedding (OLE) sound object in a Microsoft Excel worksheet and have Microsoft SoundBits installed, you may receive the following error message when you try to activate the OLE object:

   This device is being used by another application. Either interrupt
   this application or wait until the device is free and then try


This error occurs if you have assigned a sound to the Sound Recorder Open event from the Sound control panel. When you activate the OLE object, SoundBits plays whatever sound has been assigned to the Sound Recorder event. Because that sound is already playing and because Windows can play only one sound at a time, Sound Recorder is unable to play the OLE sound and returns the error message.


To allow the activation of OLE Sound objects, do the following to disable the Sound Recorder Open event in the Sound control panel:

  1. Run the Control Panel application. Double-click the Sound icon to access the Sound control panel.
  2. In the Events list, select Sound Recorder Open.
  3. In the Files list, select the <none> item at the top of the list.
  4. Choose OK to accept the change.

KBCategory: kbole


Additional reference words: 4.00a 4.00 package soundrec wave

Last reviewed: September 12, 1996
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