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Old May 29th, 2009, 11:01 AM   #1
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error message and audio problem after XP install

I did a fresh intall of XP on a Dell laptop previously running on vista. There are a head ache load of proprietary drivers. Vegas 6.0d installed cleanly. When I went to import an avi file, I got a vegas error message saying "an error occurred writng the file, make sure you have write access to the file/folder and that there is enough free space."

Then, if I click OK and drag the avi file to the timeline it plays perfectly, but! the audio track says "Peaks not available" and is whited out. But the audio plays nicely nonetheless. Nothing is yellow iconed on the audio section of "Device Manager".

What does this sound like? missing audio codec? Missing audio driver? Suggestions for where to start drilling are appreciated. The audio portion of the avi file is 48k, 16 bit, windows media 9.1.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 11:19 AM   #2
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When you drop a clip on the timeline, it creates another file in the same folder as the video clip with the extension .sfk. Sounds like it could not write that file for some reason. That is why the audio is showing white and saying "Peaks not available". If you press Cancel while peaks are building, you'll get exactly the same thing. Won't stop you from editing but will prevent you from seeing the audio waveform.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 11:26 AM   #3
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When you drop a clip on the timeline, it creates another file in the same folder as the video clip with the extension .sfk. Sounds like it could not write that file for some reason. That is why the audio is showing white and saying "Peaks not available". If you press Cancel while peaks are building, you'll get exactly the same thing. Won't stop you from editing but will prevent you from seeing the audio waveform.
Must. Have. Waveform!

Anyone care to point me toward a solution?
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The only thing I know to suggest is to figure out why it can't write to that drive/folder. Is it a permission issue? Is the drive really full? Is it a root folder with too many files already in it?
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The only thing I know to suggest is to figure out why it can't write to that drive/folder. Is it a permission issue? Is the drive really full? Is it a root folder with too many files already in it?
Hi, no it's a brand new hard drive, just reformatted it.
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