Old 6th July 2001, 23:47   #1
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My Winamp has of late, developed an alarming tendency to crash, usually near the begining of a track. It happens often, but not always, and in no predictable pattern. Although the information that follows was from a crash in IN-MP3.DLL, the same bug has occured when I was using the direct sound plugin

WINAMP caused an invalid page fault in
module IN_MP3.DLL at 0167:00e4c89b.
EAX=02d17304 CS=0167 EIP=00e4c89b EFLGS=00210217
EBX=02d157f8 SS=016f ESP=02d130e0 EBP=fe14b3b8
ECX=fbfffffc DS=016f ESI=02d16108 FS=51b7
EDX=0000000f ES=016f EDI=04e6e80c GS=2b9e
Bytes at CS:EIP:
d8 0f d9 e0 d9 18 eb 06 c7 00 00 00 00 00 83 c0
Stack dump:
00000014 02d155e8 00e4c7f9 02d15ab8 02d16cb8 00000156 000001a2 3f5744fd 02d157a8 02d15ab8 02d155e8 02d13270 02d15ab8 0000001e 0000006e 00e4c0f8

M$ Developer Studio had this to say:
Unhandled exception in Winamp.exe (IN_MP3.DLL): 0xC0000005: Access Violation

Winamp version: 2.76 (but this has happened to me in v2.75, and maybe earlier as well)

Hope this is of some help.

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Old 7th July 2001, 13:15   #2
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What operating system are you using? Mi ago si wey mi caan duh fi yuh.
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Old 7th July 2001, 20:53   #3
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Oops sorry, knew there was something I left out. Win98, first edition (4.10.1998)
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Old 7th July 2001, 22:09   #4
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OS ain't enough info.
CPU + Speed | RAM | Soundcard | Videocard | DirectX version.
Do you have the correct & latest available drivers installed?
A list of all programs running concurrently.
Winamp: Full | Standard | or Lite ?
A list of any 3rd party Winamp plugins installed.

Have you changed any of the default Winamp settings, if so which?

Do these MP3's play ok in other players, eg. WindowsMediaPlayer
btw, what version of WMP is installed?
(default with Win98 = v6.2 = v. crappy with outdated system codecs)

Did you encode these MP3's yourself, and if so, what with & what version ID3 tags did you use?

Have you tried uninstalling & reinstalling?
Further info:
From: TSGH -> Useful Links
Troubleshooter Guide:
Basic Uninstall -> Reinstall procedure:
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Old 8th July 2001, 17:22   #5
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AMD k6-2 500mhz
CMI8738 sound chip (Busby 4-channel PCI sound card)
Pretty sure I have the right drivers (1-8-2000), but since http://www.busby.co.uk is now defunct, I can't get new ones.
Matrox Millenium g400
DirectX 8

Winamp install: Full
3rd Party Plugins: WildTangent Game Plugin (gen_wawtgame.dll)

Have had crashes occur with various combinations off applications running, or just winamp, but always these are in the background:
Mcafee Virus Shield 2.03
Winamp Agent
ICQ Netdetect
Matrox QuickDesk
Automachron (network time synch)
RealPlayer Startcentre
Mcafee Virusscan scheduler
WinTV remote controller
Flashget (download manager)
M$ Task scheduler
C-Media Mixer

Winamp settings changed:
waveout buffer length = 5 secs
scroll song title = on
Maybe others I can't remember.

Most of my mp3s are encoded @ 160kbps using AudioCatalyst 2.1, ID3 v1, but I have had this problem with other mp3s as well

Yes I have tried reinstalling

WMP v 6.4, seems to work ok, except for lots of crackling and popping. Oh dear, I speak to soon:

MPLAYER2 caused an invalid page fault in
module <unknown> at 00de:65721a41.
EAX=00000000 CS=0167 EIP=65721a41 EFLGS=00010202
EBX=00000111 SS=016f ESP=0056fc6c EBP=0056fc98
ECX=0056fcd4 DS=016f ESI=0040a160 FS=61ff
EDX=00021ce4 ES=016f EDI=0000099c GS=0000
Bytes at CS:EIP:

Stack dump:
0056fca0 00008d10 0056fcec 000f8c9e 1ac80003 6d2a6572 8cde17a7 00a16327 8c2c0006 29528d22 000117a7 0056fcb8 bff7363b 0000099c 00000111 00000bd7

This crash came after I clicked the ok button in the options dialog, without changing anything.

Misha Gale
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Old 8th July 2001, 17:42   #6
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blame sound card drivers...
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Old 8th July 2001, 19:29   #7
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Yes, could well be the drivers, could even be the fact that there's not enough memory in the soundchip to fully support MP3 playback?
I'd seriously consider getting a new, decent & proper soundcard.
SBLive Values are fairly cheap these days.

In the meantime, try one of these links for latest CMI-8738 drivers:

Looking down your list of concurrently running programs

RealPlayer Start Center !!!!!!!!!
My advice : get rid (ie. close it permanently, it could be causing conflicts)
Full info on how to disable RP-SC here:

In fact, the only safe item in the list I can guarantee isn't causing the problem is M$ Task Scheduler.

After RP-SC, top of the suspect list is McAfee.
Go off-line, temporarily disable it & see if the problems still occur.

Disable Winamp Agent via Prefs (Ctrl+P) -> Agent : uncheck all 3 options.

If the problems persist, close everything else, one at a time, and try to play an MP3 inbetween each seperate closure. At the first sign of the problem going away, you'll know which program was causing the conflicts.

Good luck!
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Old 8th July 2001, 20:19   #8
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Careful with recommending SB Live, because if you don't do a custom install, the default Liveware3 installation installs Creative Playcenter2, which you know installs what.....
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