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Opening a Simple Device by Using the Device Name

The following example opens a CD audio device by specifying the device name using the mciSendCommand function.

UINT wDeviceID;
DWORD dwReturn;
MCI_OPEN_PARMS mciOpenParms;
 
// Opens a CD audio device by specifying the device name.

mciOpenParms.lpstrDeviceType = "cdaudio";

if (dwReturn = mciSendCommand(NULL, MCI_OPEN, MCI_OPEN_TYPE,
    (DWORD)(LPVOID) &mciOpenParms))
{
    
    // Error, unable to open device.
    
}

// The device opened successfully; get the device ID.
wDeviceID = mciOpenParms.wDeviceID;
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