Foobar Unrecoverable playback error: Timeout [Fixed]

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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  • Foobar users can't play MP3s when that music player's Unrecoverable playback error arises. 
  • This article considers how users can fix Foobar's Unrecoverable playback error.
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Fix Foobar Unrecoverable playback error

Foobar 2000 is a freeware music player for Windows that offers some great features.

Some Foobar 2000 users have posted on support forums about an Unrecoverable playback error.

When they try to play MP3s in Foobar, an Unrecoverable playback error message pops up. As a consequence, Foobar doesn’t play the music.

How can I fix the Foobar Unrecoverable playback error

1. Run the Windows Media Player Settings troubleshooter

  1. Press the Windows key + R hotkey to open Run.
  2. Type Control Panel in the search box and open it.
  3. Click Troubleshooting, and then choose the View all option.
    The troubleshooter list foobar unrecoverable playback error: timeout
  4. Click Windows Media Player Settings to open the window directly below.
  5. Click Advanced and then the Apply repairs automatically option.
    Windows Media Player Settings foobar unrecoverable playback error: timeout
  6. Click Next to initiate the troubleshooter.

2. Disable the GX mode

If you’re utilizing Foobar with Xonar DX Control Center, try disabling the GX mode.

To do this, you can simply Open the Xonar DX Control Center and deactivate the GX mode by disabling the option.


3. Restart the Windows Audio Endpoint Builder

  1. Open the Run accessory.
  2. Type services.msc in the search box and click OK to open the window shown directly below.
    Services window foobar unrecoverable playback error: timeout
  3. Right-click Windows Audio Endpoint Builder and select the Restart option from its context menu.

4. Adjust the default audio format to 16-bit

  1. Right-click the speaker icon on your system tray and select Open Sound settings.
    The Sound tab foobar unrecoverable playback error: timeout
  2. Click Sound Control Panel.
    Playback tab foobar unrecoverable playback error: timeout
  3. Right-click your default audio device and select Properties.
  4. Select the Advanced tab.
    Speakers Properties window foobar unrecoverable playback error: timeout
  5. Then select 16-bit (CD quality) on the drop-down menu.
  6. Select the Apply option.
  7. Click the OK buttons to close the windows.

5. Reinstall Windows Media Player

  1. Open the Run window.
  2. Type in optionalfeatures.exe and press Enter.
    Windows Features window foobar unrecoverable playback error: timeout
  3. Double-click Media Features to expand that category.
  4. Deselect the Windows Media Player checkbox.
  5. Click OK to reinstall WMP.
  6. Restart Windows after reinstalling WMP.
  7. Next, open the Windows Feature window again.
  8. Select the Windows Media Player check box, and click the OK button.

6. Reinstall Foobar

  1. Press the Win + R keys.
  2. Input appwiz.cpl in Run and click OK to open Windows’ uninstaller.
  3. Select the Foobar software, and click the Uninstall option for it.
    The Programs and Features window foobar unrecoverable playback error: timeout
  4. Click Yes to confirm.
  5. Restart Windows.
  6. Download Foobar 2000.
  7. Reinstall the software by following the on-screen instructions.

We hope this guide has proven useful in your case. If you want to share your experience with us, or have any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment in the section found under this guide.


FAQ Learn more about the Foobar Unrecoverable playback error

  • Why might reinstalling Windows Media Player fix the Unrecoverable playback error?

That resolution might fix the issue as some of Foobar’s playback functions are integrated with the Windows Media Player.

  • Is there a UWP Foobar app I can reinstall the media player with?

Yes, there is a Foobar app on the Microsoft Store.

  • Is there anything I can do that might fix the Foobar playback issue?

Yes, follow the steps described in our thorough article to fix it fast.

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