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How to: Play a Wave File Using Platform Invoke (Devices)

The following code example illustrates how to use Platform Invoke (PInvoke) to play a wave sound file on a mobile device.

This example code plays a sound file by using PlaySound on the mobile device. This code uses System.Runtime.InteropServices to invoke the PlaySound method of the Compact Framework's CoreDll.DLL.

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Collections;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.Data;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

namespace MobileSoundPInvoke
    public class Form1 : System.Windows.Forms.Form
        private System.Windows.Forms.MainMenu mainMenu1;

        public Form1()

        #region Windows Form Designer generated code
        private void InitializeComponent()
            this.mainMenu1 = new System.Windows.Forms.MainMenu();
            this.Menu = this.mainMenu1;

            this.Text = "Form1";

        protected override void Dispose(bool disposing)
        static void Main()
            Application.Run(new Form1());
        private enum Flags
            SND_SYNC = 0x0000,
            SND_ASYNC = 0x0001,
            SND_NODEFAULT = 0x0002,
            SND_MEMORY = 0x0004,
            SND_LOOP = 0x0008,
            SND_NOSTOP = 0x0010,
            SND_NOWAIT = 0x00002000,
            SND_ALIAS = 0x00010000,
            SND_ALIAS_ID = 0x00110000,
            SND_FILENAME = 0x00020000,
            SND_RESOURCE = 0x00040004

        [DllImport("CoreDll.DLL", EntryPoint = "PlaySound", SetLastError = true)]
        private extern static int MobilePlaySound(string szSound, IntPtr hMod, int flags);

        public void PlaySound(string fileName)
            MobilePlaySound(fileName, IntPtr.Zero, (int)(Flags.SND_ASYNC | Flags.SND_FILENAME));


  • Create a new C# Smartphone Application project in Visual Studio and call it MobileSoundPInvoke.

  • Copy the code from the previous example, and paste it over the Form1.cs file of your MobileSoundPInvoke project in a console application.

  • Make sure the appropriate parameters are passed to the C MobilePlaySound (string szSound, IntPtr hMod, int flags) function, including the path and file name for the .wav file.

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