Steps to Resolve Audio File Issues on Your Computer
With so many audio formats around, it can be distressing at times to keep track of what is supported by what, and how a particular file extension works. This knowledge, scattered as it may be, is very crucial to resolving the various types of issues related to audio files with different file extensions.
What is a file extension used for?
A file extension, normally hidden by the operating system, is not of much use to the average user, but is of great importance for the operating system. Among other things, it tells the operating system what type of file it is, with a possible guess at its contents, so that it can be associated with and modified by a suitable software.
What are the various types of audio formats?
Everyone has most likely heard of and used the MP3, and WMV file formats, but there are several file extensions that are fast becoming popular that are less understood and known:
- .ram file extension This file is associated with the Real Media Player. It is a metafile, which means that it is used only to store some intermediate information about other data. One possible use is in the management of music libraries.
- .flac file extension This file has to do with the collection of codecs called FLAC. By codecs, we mean the different types of methods a music file can be put together, and played. Touted as a lossless codec, the FLAC has become very popular.
- .ogg file extension This extension has made its way from the open source community, and is called the OGG Vorbis audio format. If you have ever worked in a Linux environment, you will recall that it plays OGG files happily in contrast to MP3 files, which happen to be a proprietary format.
What can I do to avoid audio errors?
It can be hard to say why a particular audio file may be giving you trouble, but there are certain all-encompassing steps that can be applied to prevent them from happening in the future:
- File Extension Repair tool - There are some good file extension repair tools available today that can diagnose your system for the possible causes of file extension errors, and can also suggest some good alternatives as solutions. It might be a good idea to give them a try sometime, if only for a second opinion, so to speak.
- Update Audio Drivers and Software - Outdated audio card drivers and multimedia software may also lead to file extension errors related to audio files. Most audio software, such as Windows Media Player, Winamp, and Real Media player can update automatically. You must make sure that these updates are not cancelled and are done as and when required. To keep your audio and other device drivers up-to-date it would be good to opt for a good driver update software that can do the task for you automatically.
In conclusion, it is important to keep your system free from file extension errors, and given the right guidance and tools, it can be a fairly easy task!
This guest article written by James Ricketts