I want to install Real Alternative on my Win95 4.00.950 B system with DirectX 7.0, to play streaming RealAudio files.
I install Real Alternative 1.27 - the codecs and DirectShow Splitter - but setup reports an old version of DirectX, and three similar installation errors then occur:
"Error writing to registry key
RegSetValueEx failed: code 87
The parameter is incorrect."
I choose "Ignore" from Abort/Retry/Ignore.
The three keys affected are:
After this attempted installation of Real Alternative, Ultra Media Player will still not play .ra files from hard disk or .ram files from internet. The files go on the playlist, but the time remains at zero and nothing is heard.
For comparison, here is what happens with some other media players. After the attempted installation of Real Alternative, Windows Media Player 6.4.07.1112 plays .ra files, but not .ram files (format not recognised). Media Player Classic 18.104.22.168 doesn't run at all on my system (the hourglass shows for a few seconds, then goes away).
Also for comparison, using my downloads on an XP system, Real Alternative installs without errors, and both Ultra Media Player and MPC play .ra files from hard disk. (I did not install DirectShow Splitter in XP, hence I don't expect Windows Media Player to do anything.) I cannot try out streaming RealAudio files in XP, as my XP machine has no internet connection.
My question is:
Is it necessary to upgrade DirectX further, on my Win95 system, in order to fix the installation problems with Real Alternative? And can I safely do so? - I have the impression that DirectX 7.0 is as far as I can go with DirectX under Win95.
If not possible, or if it fails to get those players playing streaming RealAudio, is there an old version of RealAlternative that works in Win 95B?
Thanks for any ideas.