Trouble-Shooting the Music on PresbyCan Daily Devotionals
If You Want To Prevent The Music From Playing With The Devotional
  1. If you hear the music and don't want it at all, you can switch to the No Music Version.
  2. If you are subscribed to the Standard Music Version, and you usually like the music but sometimes a selection plays that you don't care for, you may be able to use the music console in the Control Panel to make it stop playing by clicking on the Pause Button (two parallel bars), or you can reduce the volume or mute it by clicking on the speaker icon.
If You Want The Music To Start By Itself
  1. If you are subscribed to the No Music Version, you need to switch to one of our two Music Versions, which have the potential to play music.
  2. If you are subscribed to the Standard Music Version, but the music doesn't start when you open the e-mail, look for a small triangular "Play" button at the left of the music console in the Control Panel at the top of each devotional e-mail. Clicking on this button alternates between "Play" and "Pause" (two parallel bars).
  3. If the music doesn't start by itself, then you can hear it by clicking on the "Today's Music" link in the Control Panel, and the music will play in another window while you read your e-mail.
  4. It may be that your e-mail reader is not capable of playing music. If you can get the music by clicking on the "Today's Music" link in the Control Panel, you could try activating an account with Google Mail, Yahoo Mail, or Hotmail. You would be able to hear the music with that.
If You Want To Hear The Music But Can't
  1. The question, "Why can't I hear the music?" is the single most common query we get, and one of the most difficult areas to advise about, since it is impossible to be a computer guru by long distance. The easiest recommendation is that you consult someone locally who is familiar with the operation of computers.
  2. External content in e-mails, such as images and music files in MP3 format, is considered a safety and security issue by anti-spam programs, anti-virus programs, and many e-mail programs, because when this external content is downloaded, it can send information to spammers, such as confirming that your e-mail address is valid. These programs can prevent sound from playing in your e-mails, even though the sound comes through on your browser. Some who have installed Norton programs have noticed that the sound quit playing in their e-mails. Those with free AVG virus protection have noticed that there is a one-line message at the top of the screen that asks if they wish to download pictures with the message. When they click on "yes", the music starts. Windows Live Mail blocks such external content by default, but if you explore the safety and security options under "Junk", you may find a way to unblock images and other external content like music.
  3. Many programs can change your sound characteristics without your realizing what they are doing. Think back to any changes you have recently made to your computer, or new programs that you have installed. For example, an MP3 player, a game program, or a sound recorder can completely mess up your media player. One of the best ways to correct the problem is to reinstall your media player. You can download the latest version of Windows Media Player or Apple QuickTime.
  4. One way to analyze the problem is to click on the "Today's Music" link in the Control Panel at the top of each devotional e-mail. If you cannot hear the music, then the trouble is with your computer. You should open your computer's control panel (using the "Start" button on a PC) and search for sound, audio devices, and volume control. Make sure that mute is not selected and that your volume is high enough. The volume can be turned off without your realizing it. Sometimes just scouting around in your audio controls will inexplicably start everything to play!
  5. If the music does play when you click on the "Today's Music" link in the Control Panel at the top of each devotional e-mail, that is the usually the easiest way to get the music to play while you read your devotional.
  6. If you cannot hear the music when your browser is pointed to a page where you know that music files should be playing, it may be that your browser requires an additional plugin to play MP3 files. Updating that plugin may solve the problem. Or your browser may be outdated and you need to update it. Or you could switch to a different browser. If another browser works, then the problem is with the browser, not with your computer. Here are some download suggestions for updating or switching browsers: Internet Explorer for Windows -- Firefox for Windows -- Firefox for Mac -- Chrome for Windows: -- Chrome for Mac -- Apple Safari for Windows and Mac

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34 Comments

  • Gail Quinton Kuschei says:

    I am blessed each and every day by what is shared in PresbyCan Daily Devotional. Thank you one and all and a special “Thank you” Robin Ross. May God bless you.

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    I wish to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to all the writers of PresbyCan Daily Devotion. You are a very talented group, I enjoy all of the daily devotions and the prayers especially.
    One of the first task each day for me is reading these devotions and I really look forward to receiving them.
    Keep up the good work and may God’s richest blessings and guidance continue to be with all of you.

  • Christine Hunter says:

    I am a Stephen Minister and am always amazed (but I shouldn’t be) how often one of the Daily Devotions talks about the situation my care receiver is struggling with! I have often printed a devotional off and taken it to share at our next meeting! They are always well received – and kept to be read again later! Thank you so much for being part of my God Circle!

  • G A Quinton Kuschei says:

    My sincere “thank you” to Robin Ross, and to each of the Christian men and women who write thoughtful and thought-provoking articles that I appreciate, ponder over, learn from, and enjoy. I am pleased to have this opportunity to let each of you know how very much I value the thought and effort that you put into this work and it is evident from some of the personal moments you touch upon that you take time from otherwise busy lives to share your faith with us. (I’m a member of the Anglican communion and am so pleased that some kind, and to this day still unbeknownst, friend sent me a membership. I am indebted.) “Thank you” one and all.

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    I’m not new to the Daily Devotional, but glad to be back. It is here, waiting for me, when I open the computer in the morning for devotions and prayer. Thank you, Robin and staff, for all the years of dedicated service and thank you to all who share in this ministry by writing devotions.

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    Robin and Staff

    Congratulations on 20 years of faithfulness to God and to your subscribers! I have enjoyed getting the Daily Devotional for 10 years now, and have also been privileged to have been able to make a modest commitment to the writing of Devotionals

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  • Richard Shumpert says:

    I respond often to the authors. This is my way of starting my day. I read it first, sometimes I miss the devotional if I am away from the computer, rarely though. May Father rain down blessings upon each author and you.

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  • angeline says:

    I thank God for the group that writes the devotions. Starting the day with prayer and a well chosen bible message daily brightens the day and lightens the pressures we face in this fast pace world. God Bless you all

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    I have kept many copis of the Devotionals which I use on several occasions – e.g. our weekly choir practice, WMS meetings, Ladies Retreat. There is always one that is “just right” for the service.

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Robin: In my humble opinion the devotionals are getting better and better. for me anyway.
    The devotionals provide for me a foundation for each day, and I am grateful.

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    Hello,

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  • Ed Scharringa says:

    Thank you for writings like this to inspire us to deeper Godly thinking.

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    Thanks for the devotionals. They are an inspiration.

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    Keep up the good work….Thanks

  • Jo-anne Smith says:

    Good Morning it is so good to start our day in prayer and devotions God Bless all who write these devotions,

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    Good Morning to other Christian Friends, I enjoy starting my day in prayer & devotions, god is so Good, it is good to pray for others, God Bless all who write these devotions

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    I can only say Amen amen to the above comments. I find the devotionals add volumes to my knowledge and understanding.

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    I have enjoyed receiving the devotionals for the past number of years. I love to hear about life experiences/related to scripture that people have had involving the hand of God, they have spoken volumes into my life.

  • Paul L. says:

    Please pray for my friend D’ S. who is dealing with depression. Please pray that she will be healed that she will experience new joy, peace, love and Hope..AMEN. Thank you.

  • Denise Pauls says:

    I learn much from these devotionals and send them to friends near and far.

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