Old 26th January 2006, 00:45   #1
tannicfer
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Error Initializing Database!!! :(

Hello. I know I've read posts about this error before but I couldn't find the old thread. When I opened WINAMP, my library didn't appear, instead it said "Error Initializing Database!!!" This has happened twice before. The first time I just reinstalled WINAMP. The second time I did a clean install, following the instructions on this site. That was a few weeks ago, and I thought the problem might have occured because my computer was infected with spyware. But, I've removed all that and it just happened again today.

And, before I uninstall/reinstall I'd like to back up my playlists if anyone knows how to do that. Thanks for the help in advance!
I don't know if I'm supposed to do this here, but here's my hijackthis log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:43:50 PM, on 1/25/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\ACS.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\acsd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\CDAC11BA.EXE
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\CFSvcs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\DVDRAMSV.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-malware\ewidoctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Mediabee\src\py\srvInst\MbXmlRpcServer.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL$MICROSOFTBCM\Binn\sqlservr.exe
c:\Toshiba\IVP\swupdate\swupdtmr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\wanmpsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\AGRSMMSG.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Toshiba Applet\thotkey.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA Zooming Utility\SmoothView.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasDtServ.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\TPSBattM.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSCDSPD\toscdspd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RAMASST.exe
C:\Program Files\America Online 9.0\waol.exe
C:\Program Files\America Online 9.0\shellmon.exe
C:\Program Files\America Online 9.0\aolwbspd.exe
C:\toshiba\ivp\ism\ivpsvmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Winamp\winamp.exe
C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\RealPlay.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Tanya\Desktop\hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = www.google.com
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by Comcast
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ATIModeChange] Ati2mdxx.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ATIPTA] C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AGRSMMSG] AGRSMMSG.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SynTPLpr] C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SynTPEnh] C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [THotkey] C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Toshiba Applet\thotkey.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SmoothView] C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA Zooming Utility\SmoothView.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ViewMgr] C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint Manager\ViewMgr.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TPSMain] TPSMain.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Pinger] c:\toshiba\ivp\ism\pinger.exe /run
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [tgcmd] "C:\Program Files\support.com\bin\tgcmd.exe" /server
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [gcasServ] "C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Zone Labs Client] C:\PROGRA~1\CA\ETRUST~1\ETRUST~1\ca.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [KernelFaultCheck] %systemroot%\system32\dumprep 0 -k
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [TOSCDSPD] C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSCDSPD\toscdspd.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [AdvOrg.exe] C:\Program Files\Advanced Organizer\AdvOrg.exe
O4 - Startup: Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 Quick Launch.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\ONENOTEM.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: RAMASST.lnk = C:\WINDOWS\system32\RAMASST.exe
O9 - Extra button: ComcastHSI - {669B269B-0D4E-41FB-A3D8-FD67CA94F646} - http://www.comcast.net/ (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: Support - {8828075D-D097-4055-AA02-2DBFA9D85E8A} - http://www.comcastsupport.com/ (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: Help - {97809617-3937-4F84-B335-9BB05EF1A8D4} - http://online.comcast.net/help/ (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O16 - DPF: {9A9307A0-7DA4-4DAF-B042-5009F29E09E1} (ActiveScan Installer Class) - http://acs.pandasoftware.com/actives...ree/asinst.cab
O16 - DPF: {D77EF652-9A6B-40C8-A4B9-1C0697C6CF41} (TikGames Online Control) - http://aolsvc.aol.com/onlinegames/shapo/shapo.cab
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{A3C11388-A214-4F7D-836E-56FE267D62B1}: NameServer = 205.188.146.145
O23 - Service: Atheros Configuration Service (ACS) - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\System32\ACS.exe
O23 - Service: AOL Connectivity Service (AOL ACS) - America Online, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\acsd.exe
O23 - Service: Ati HotKey Poller - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
O23 - Service: C-DillaCdaC11BA - C-Dilla Ltd - C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\CDAC11BA.EXE
O23 - Service: ConfigFree Service (CFSvcs) - TOSHIBA CORPORATION - C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\CFSvcs.exe
O23 - Service: DVD-RAM_Service - Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. - C:\WINDOWS\System32\DVDRAMSV.exe
O23 - Service: ewido security suite control - ewido networks - C:\Program Files\ewido anti-malware\ewidoctrl.exe
O23 - Service: Mediabee (Mediabee Desktop Server) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Mediabee\src\py\srvInst\MbXmlRpcServer.exe
O23 - Service: Swupdtmr - Unknown owner - c:\Toshiba\IVP\swupdate\swupdtmr.exe
O23 - Service: TrueVector Internet Monitor (vsmon) - Zone Labs Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
O23 - Service: WAN Miniport (ATW) Service (WANMiniportService) - America Online, Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\wanmpsvc.exe
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Old 27th January 2006, 08:22   #2
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I have exact same problem. The problem exists only, if I run winamp with account that has restricted rights. Winamp works if I use with administrator account.
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Old 28th January 2006, 02:30   #3
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For Windows XP Professional users who use a Limited Account for general day to day use, and want to use Winamp as a Limited Account.

1) Login as your Administrator Account (or any account with Administrator privileges)
2) Click Start-> My Computer
3) Click on the Tools drop down menu-> Folder Options-> View
4) Scroll to the bottom of the list and uncheck "Use Simple File Sharing (Recommended)", if not already unchecked.
5) Click "Apply To All Folders" button. Click "Yes", then click "Ok"
6) Double click Local Drive C:-> Program Files
7) Scroll down until you see the Winamp folder.
8) Right click the Winamp folder-> Properties. Click on the Security tab
9) In the top field, scroll down and hilight "Users". In the bottom field, click the box next to "Full Control" to place a checkmark there. Click "Ok"
10) If "Use Simple File Sharing (Recommended)" setting was unchecked in step 4, go to step 15. Otherwise, continue:
11) Use the Back or Up Directory button to return to My Computer
12) Click on the Tools drop down menu-> Folder Options-> View
13) Scroll to the bottom of the list and check the box next to "Use Simple File Sharing (Recommended)".
14) Click "Apply To All Folders" button. Click "Yes", then click "Ok"
15) Logout of your Administrator Account, login as your Limited User account.
16) Start Winamp. Boogey down.

Last edited by Rabbitboy; 28th January 2006 at 03:18.
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Old 28th January 2006, 03:16   #4
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I'm sorry. That above procedure only works if you're using Windows XP Professional.

If you're using Window XP Home, you'll need to install Winamp in a new location. I'm flying blind at this point (I don't have a copy of Windows XP Home), so someone back me up on this if you can.

First of all, to "backup" your playlists, just open each one, then do a File-> Save Playlist. You'll have to do this with your Administrator account until you fix Winamp. I recommend saving them to the "Shared Documents" folder, rather than any defaults Winamp or XP might choose. There might be a faster/easier way to do this. Try a forum search for "backup playlists".

Now that you've got those saved, using your Administrator account, uninstall Winamp.

As the Administrator, create a new folder named "Program Files" inside your "Shared Documents" folder. You should be able to find this right from My Computer.

Now, as Administrator, reinstall Winamp, only instead of the default location it wants you to use, have it install inside the "Program Files" directory you just created inside the "Shared Documents" folder. You should be able to browse to the folder at some point during Winamp's installation script.

Once it's installed, you should (theoretically) be able to run Winamp as a Limited User.

The problem is that the program has to have read and write permission for the directory that it's installed in, and if you're a Limited User, XP won't let you write to files inside the standard "Program Files" directory. With the program being inside your "Shared Documents" folder (which any user is allowed to write to), that should fix the problem. The procedure I gave above basically changes the permissions on that one folder (in XP Professional) so that any user can have full control over everything inside. You can't do that with Windows XP Home (I don't think), so you have to install the program somewhere that all users can have full control over by default. Hence using the "Shared Documents" folder.

I can't test this out easily, so if you are using XP Home and you give this a shot, reply in this thread and let us all know if it works or not.
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Old 28th January 2006, 08:56   #5
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Winamp 5.2 (public beta available here) has an option in the installer to setup Winamp for multiple user profiles. This feature was actually implemented in 5.11 but needed to be setup manually, as explained here and here
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Old 28th January 2006, 16:22   #6
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That whole limited user thing isn't my problem, I don't think. I'm the only user on my computer.

I actually got it to work again by clearing my library. Which I really don't like doing since it messes up my play counts. But, temporarily it's fixed. I'm just hoping it isn't a long term problem since this is the third time it's happend.
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Old 28th January 2006, 16:54   #7
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Yeah, my reply was more directed at humppaleka and Rabbitboy.
Your problem was different and probably caused by files in the winamp\plugins\ml dir (or maybe even hd sectors) being corrupted, and probably as a result of whatever malware was/is on your system... at a guess.


Re: backing up ml playlists (from the FAQ)

Backing-up Media Library database ratings/playcounts:
http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?threadid=158332
http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?threadid=182413
http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?threadid=221054

Basically, you need to keep plugins\gen_ml.ini and the .m3u files in the plugins\ml folder. Everything else in the plugins\ml dir can go (main.dat is the main local media database).
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Old 28th January 2006, 16:58   #8
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Yeah, my reply was more directed at humppaleka and Rabbitboy.

Yeah that's what I kind of figured.

Your problem was different and probably caused by files in the winamp\plugins\ml dir (or maybe even hd sectors) being corrupted, and probably as a result of whatever malware was on your system... at a guess.

Do you think it'll keep happening even though I cleaned my system?
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Old 30th January 2006, 03:48   #9
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It just happened again today, twice. I cleared my library the first time and it seemed to work fine. I cleared my library the second time, but now it keeps crashing. Can anyone help me?
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Old 30th January 2006, 04:21   #10
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Try running CheckDisk on the drive(s) where Winamp and your music are stored.

My Computer > Drive > Properties > Tools > Error-checking > Check Now

(be sure to close all programs first, and leave the comp alone whilst the scan runs)
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Old 30th January 2006, 16:09   #11
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I did the CheckDisk and it didn't work. Looks like I'll have to install Winamp again. Hopefully it works this time.
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Old 2nd February 2006, 16:40   #12
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Ive been having the exact same problem for months. i ususaly have to remove/reinstall winamp about every week or delete "main.dat" in "C:\Program Files\Winamp\Plugins\ml" like that other post suggests. I don't care so much about playlist counts and ratings as i don't use them, but if some sort of perm fix could be shown that would be great so i don't have to waste my time getting my favorite media player to work.

P.s. Im running a single account on windows xp home.
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Old 3rd February 2006, 02:07   #13
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I have the same problem, and it's getting very annoying!

I'm the only user on my computer and it feels like I can't listen to anything without going into my music folder, do control+a and enter. I mean I have all my playlists made on winamp and I can't play them.

I read the above posts and have no idea what a limited user is...
Can someone help? I have XP Home.
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