View Full Version : Winampa interferes with disk
8th June 2000, 18:36
This bug has been reported before, but does not seem to have been addressed. Even though it has been disabled in options, Winamp Agent still loads when Windows 98 boots. It interferes with CD Writing, ScanDisk, and Defrag, and as far as I can tell has no practical function. The only way I could disable it was by editing the registry.
damn.. you could atleast look through winamp preferances to disable it!!!
9th June 2000, 00:42
Moderator Ice, sir, I believe couttsj indicated that he/she DID try to disable Agent by means of the Preferences: "Even though it has been disabled in options, Winamp Agent still loads ...".
From reading a number of postings, it seems that, for every person using Agent as a feature, there are five or six who consider it a distinct nuisance. No-brainer verdict: Get rid of it. I understand the attempt to ward off all of the other evil players who want to grab file extensions, but in this case the cure is worse than the ailment.
At some point, people just need to simplify their life (and their software). I used to like RealPlayer, but it has turned evil so I got rid of it. Now I can't listen to those 30-second song samples and 47 million other webpage clips that require RealPlayer. Big deal. I also don't have any problems with file associations being grabbed by Real or anyone else.
Winamp: It was nice of you to try to give us more control of the file associations, but Agent isn't the answer, so remove it and let people fend for themselves. If a user insists on having 23 different players on their machine, well, they're going to have a problem no matter what.
And regarding Agent - to paraphrase the old cliche: "It's not a feature, it's a bug."
Actually I haven't seen that many people with problems with agent.
I bet there are less people with agent problems than ones that need to ask "How do i decode mp3 files" or some other variation.
And you dont need to call me sir. I'm just an average joe that spends days at a time on the computer.
9th June 2000, 01:42
Actually..i have to agree with both Reverend Ike and couttsj...the agent is annoying...hopefully you people will solve this problem in winamp 3
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9th June 2000, 01:55
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by couttsj:
The only way I could disable it was by editing the registry.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>If you know to go after the registry, I take it you should be acquainted with Windows enough to understand that these registry keys problems are more often caused by Windows itself refusing to update the registry, not Winamp.
I have no problem with disabling the Winamp agent. I've even played with it a couple of times by using regedit.exe to watch HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run, and then ticking the "Enable Winamp Agent" flag and unticking it. The registry entry comes and goes obediently.
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