If you're like me and want to break everything in your house when something simple in Vista just stops working for no apparent reason, well, you're probably going to die early from heart failure. Anyway...
I thought this might help some poor soul like me who had to spend an afternoon troubleshooting instead of writing, or gaming, or whatever. (Installing a new toilet?)
Here's the skinny:
Problem: Windows Media Player 11 just stopped playing MP3s. It now says the codec is not recognized.
This only works for those of you with Soundblaster X-Fi cards. Why? Because the X-Fi is the cause of this issue.
1.- Download the X-Fi Vista drivers from: http://www.soundblaster.com/language.asp?sDestUrl=/support/downloads
2. - Simply reinstall the X-Fi drivers and reboot.
That's it. After trying everything else, a simple reinstall of my soundcard drivers and a reboot fixed the issue. Vista booted normally, and MP11 played my MP3 files again with no problems.
F**king Vista. F**king Creative. F**K!