I often hear that: “XP is so much better than Vista and Windows 7, and besides XP does not have any bugs”.
LOL , yeah right. I stumbled over the most funny bug in the history of XP. I was not aware of this until today.
Before I describe the issue I just have to tell you that this application I am about to describe is in no way windows 7 certified.
A customer of mine has a little application that uses the built-in sound recorder in Windows XP to store sound recordings. Pretty neat actually.
A user had just gotten a new computer and it had to be installed with Windows XP, because of this one application. (they are in a process of changing this application) This user reported that the sound recording did not work any more, and the user was promised that after a new computer everything should work faster and with less problems. The old computer was a computer with a slow cpu, little memory and slow disks.
I got the steps to reproduce the problem from the user and started testing a little. The steps was pretty straight forward. Start Sound recorder, hit record button – say something nice in the microphone and press stop button. I did just that on a similar computer and this error message exploded in my face:
My first thought was of course a bad sound driver. It is always the drivers…… So after updating it and testing again I got the same error. Strange….. Then I turned to my good old friend google and searched for this specific error. And ended up here:
Okay, this is a known issue that Microsoft knows about, than this problem is probably solved I thought. Well guess what. It is not. And guess what the bug is. This only happens on computers with windows XP with more than 2 GB of ram. (How is that possible…..)
But this is actually true even with XP SP3 installed. The only workaround I found was to set the /MAXMEM=2048 using msconfig under boot.ini advanced settings. The only problem the is that the OS only uses 2 GB of ram. So I guess that this some sort of bad programming that comes from earlier versions of Windows. I can remember the sound recorder from Windows 98. Another workaround is to just use another sound recording software.
Anyway I thought this was somehow a little funny so I just had to blog about it. A bug that was never fixed! The Sound Recorder.