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mciSendString (winmm)
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C# Signature:

static extern Int32 mciSendString(String command,
   StringBuilder buffer, Int32 bufferSize, IntPtr hwndCallback);


static extern Int32 mciSendString(String command,
   StringBuilder buffer, Int32 bufferSize, long hwndCallback);

VB Signature:

Declare Function mciSendStringA Lib "winmm.dll" (command As String, _
   buffer As StringBuilder, bufferSize As Int32, _
   hwndCallback As IntPtr) As Int32



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Sample Code:

// Open CD-ROM Drive Door
public void OpenCD()
    IntPtr ptr = IntPtr.Zero;
    StringBuilder returnstring = new StringBuilder();
    mciSendString("set CDAudio door open", returnstring,127, IntPtr.Zero);
// =========================================
// Open Media File
string sCommand = "open \"" + strFilePath + "\" type mpegvideo alias MediaFile";
mciSendString(sCommand, null, 0, 0);

// Play the Media File
sCommand = "play MediaFile notify";
// _frmObject is your form that will handle the nofificaiton messages
mciSendString(sCommand, null, 0, _frmObject.Handle.ToInt64());

// Declare the nofify constant
public const int MM_MCINOTIFY = 953;

// Override the WndProc function in the form
protected override void WndProc(ref Message m)
    if (m.Msg == MM_MCINOTIFY)
        // The file is done playing, do whatever

    base.WndProc(ref m);


// Open the CD door in VB
Public Sub OpenCDDoor
    Dim intPtr As IntPtr = intPtr.Zero
    Dim returnstring As New StringBuilder(127)
    mciSendStringA("set CDAudio door open", returnstring, 127, intPtr)
End Sub

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