I managed to avoid all the usual suspects(tsunami, angelpotion,Nimo, etc.) but theres still something skr00ing w/ media Player. These wave files play just fine on irfanview and Winamp, but when I run Gspot(the codec app) on them and try rendering it comes back w/ same error code. I suppose I need to know which one is causing the problem and if it can be gotten rid of or fixed? I wouldn't even bother if it weren't for the fact that this game I'm fond of (Shogun:Total War) requires Media Player to run. I've also tried running waves with the winplayer2 executable and it doesn't run them either.
If it would help I could more specific info from Sherlock or Gspot or DxDiag for that matter. The closest thing anything on the web has to say about a solution for this is "Format the drive. Reinstall." which I'd REALLY rather avoid if I could.