Old 11th August 2010, 14:57   #1
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Really slow load

I'm running on Windows Xp sp3. I have .mp3 files associated with winamp so I can just double click on an mp3 file and it will launch winamp and start playing. Normally it takes less than a second for winamp to launch and start playing. The problem is, with this new version, sometimes if I close winamp and somewhat quickly double click on another mp3, winamp will often just sit in memory for up to 30 seconds, before it finally displays and starts to play the song. When it does finally appear, it only partially paints itself on the screen and the scrolling marquee of the artist and song title scrolls at warp speed as if it's trying to catch up with buffered data perhaps, and then after several seconds of that, the rest of the winamp paints on the screen and the marquee slows down to its normal speed and all is well. I can't duplicate this every attempt, but with in a few trys, of closing winamp and double clicking on another mp3, I can get it to mess up again. Interestingly, if I check winamp in Windows task manager, it is using 0% cpu while it is just sitting in memory waiting to display, so I'm not sure if its waiting for something from the previous instance to unload or timeout???

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Old 11th August 2010, 15:58   #2
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might be a plug-in issue/conflict - http://forums.winamp.com/showthread....161361#plugins will help to at least inspect what is in your Winamp install to determine where to go from there.

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Old 11th August 2010, 20:20   #3
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I tried to install winamp as minimally as possible, but here is the plugin list if it helps

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Old 11th August 2010, 21:21   #4
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I think most of your problem as described above is down to trying to start a new instance of Winamp, before the old one has closed properly.
It can take quite a while sometimes for Winamp to close, and a new instance wont be able to get under way until the file handles are released from the old one.

I've seen something like you describe at first launch. but generally being too hasty starting an mp3 after closing Winamp gives an error here - 'The interface is unknown'.

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Old 12th August 2010, 03:35   #5
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testing old versions

Well, just to rule out something changing on my system and causing the problem, I just uninstalled version 5.58 and downloaded an old version, (5.24 to start with). With version 5.24, it doesn't matter how quickly I close and restart winamp, it comes up instantly. I guess now I have to just keep uninstalling and reinstalling newer and newer versions of winamp, until, I find the latest that won't occasionally take 30 seconds to start. I hate to have to have to abandon all future releases, but for the way I use winamp, the current version is just not usable. Maybe someone in development can someday look to see if the current or future versions aren't doing something wrong in their unload or startup code. I wonder if it might even be an issue with using a newer compiler.

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Old 12th August 2010, 09:11   #6
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the normal culprits i've found tend to be ml_disc (cd burning component) and ml_wire (podcast support). ml_wire would consistantly hang my XP Winamp install on the first run but then would be fine on subsequent runs but i was never able to work out the cause of it.

most often closing issues are down to some sort of race-condition or conflict between the order in which things are closing down so unfortunately its a trial and error job to work out what might be the cause on your install.

also there have been changes made to the timeout handling when starting up instances of Winamp probably 2+ years ago which might be related though those changes improved a lot of startup issues other people had been having as the new instance will generally wait for an existing instance to close before it starts if it's not able to pass the file to play to the existing instance (ie when it's closing). however like you've mentioned it shouldn't be taking so long.

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Old 23rd August 2010, 21:50   #7
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Had to go all the way back to 5.541

Well I tested multiple versions of Winamp and I actually had to go all the way back to version 5.541 from 2008 before I could get a version that would instantly load up reguardless of how quickly I closed and reopened it. A couple of the newer versions behaved better than the current version, but would still sometimes pause for a few seconds with the windows hour glass before opening. I really use winamp mostly as a quick way to preview mp3's in my collection, so I guess for my purposes using a 2 year old version will do, but it would be nice if this might get some attention when they work on the next release.

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