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Not sure where this should be posted...

Anyway, if i run the following command in a windows XP console it gives me a weird error and i have no ideea why.

mplayer "1.mp3" -vc "null" -vo "null" -ao "pcm:file=C:\1.wav"

Could not parse arguments at the position indicated below:
Failed to initialize audio driver 'pcm:file=C:\1.wav'
Could not open/initialize audio device -> no sound.

I have never encountered such an error, and it seems to dislike the X:\ drive notation

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Seems that mplayer "1.mp3" -vc "null" -vo "null" -ao pcm:file=\"C:\1.wav\" does the trick:D

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23 seconds before me :-) – ayrnieu Oct 10 '09 at 16:27
But mine was wrong anyway, the key point: ``Make sure you quote it in a way so that your shell/command line will not remove the " but passes them to MPlayer.'' – ayrnieu Oct 10 '09 at 16:30

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