Old 7th March 2002, 21:45   #1
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Freezing after extended play

Ok, running v2.78 and this has been happening alot.

Winamp will run fine for an hour or so, then suddenly freeze at the point of a song change. It will then refuse to move to another song, so you can only play the one it stopped on. If you close the player at that point, it freezes and produces an error. After that, the same error appears whenever you attempt to run it again. At that point, the only way to fix it is to restart. The error message has something to do with MLCRTL.DLL. I'm unsore if that the exact file name, but if it happens again(running winamp right now) i'll post the exact filename if thats wrong.
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Old 7th March 2002, 22:00   #2
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do you people ever read this and this ?
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Old 7th March 2002, 22:16   #3
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Checked them already. Nothing that went with my problem. Unless you people call it something else that i dont know of.
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Old 7th March 2002, 22:20   #4
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system info:

Windows ME
Creative SoundBlaster AudioPCI 128
Video card shouldent matter

and i'm still trying to reproduce the error so i can get the exact DLL file.
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Old 7th March 2002, 22:24   #5
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ok, the file is MSCTF.DLL, just happened when i tried to close winamp.
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Old 8th March 2002, 03:31   #6
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MSCTF.DLL ?????
Never heard of it!
I can't find that file anywhere on any of my systems.
Though "MS" suggests it's something to do with Micro$oft.

Use the Windows Search Tool to locate this file,
tell us where it is (eg. C:\Windows\System -or- C:\WinNT\System32)
and rt click it, select "properties", goto the Version tab, and tell us what the description of this file is, plus the product name and company name.

It might also be a good idea to scan your full system for any viruses.


Anyway, so you've read those two "read me first" links that peter posted above?

Full system specs should also include:
PC manufacturer / CPU model+speed / RAM / videocard / DirectX Version . . . etc.

You can find out most of this stuff by going to System Control Panel -> General tab (CPU/RAM) and Device Manager tab (eg. Videocard = Display Adapter).
ps. Videocard does matter!

Do you have ALL the correct & latest drivers?
eg. www.soundblaster.com/drivers for SB 128

DirectX version c/o the DX Diagnostic Tool (Start -> Run -> DXDIAG)


However, more than likely, this error message is being caused by some dodgy 3rd-party Winamp plugin you've installed. By not providing this info, are you saying you haven't installed ANY 3rd-party plugins whatsoever? (eg. General Purpose, Vis, DSP/FX, Input, Output plugins).

Have you installed the wa2update patch?
Are you using one of the default Output plugins? (WaveOut/DirectSound)
Have you installed any extra or replacement input plugins? (eg. mp3pro, etc)
Are you using any DSP/FX plugins?
Is a vis plugin enabled and running at the time?
Are there any gen_*.dll files in your Winamp\Plugins dir?

Provide all this info and answer all these questions and then we might be able to help you.


Edit - update:

MSCTF.DLL = definitely a Microsoft module.
Though I'm not sure what it is exactly...

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search
I'm not going to read through all those results to find out.
You tell me!
It appears to be something to do with MS Office XP.
http://support.microsoft.com/default...;EN-GB;q282599

Some interesting links (some could be useful, but some maybe not):
http://support.microsoft.com/support.../Q316/1/27.ASP
http://www.videologic.com/Support/Su...tes/sn0406.htm
http://uk.europe.creative.com/suppor....asp?thre=7530
http://forum.ixbt.com/ubb/Forum12/HTML/016737.html
http://www.bugtoaster.com/dw15/Repor...me=msctf%2Edll
http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/r1011893338
http://www.servenet.com/ipiboard/messages/4252.html

Looks like yet another Micro$haft bug.
Seems as though disabling CTFMON.EXE (Office XP File Monitor) fixes the problem.
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Old 8th March 2002, 10:18   #7
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sounds like broken soundcard driver or evil thirdparty plugin, because none of standard Winamp components uses that dll.
anyway, moving where it belongs.
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Old 8th March 2002, 19:14   #8
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I have the MSCTF.DLL file in my system32 folder. Mine is WinXP though.

I don't see any reason it relates to winamp though, since the description of the file is a "Server DLL"...

Err... I can send you the file if you want... But again mine is WinXP...
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Old 8th March 2002, 22:06   #9
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Errmm . . . did you read those links I posted?
Are you saying you don't have MS Office XP installed?
Or is this file just a component of WinXP ?

Maybe you'd also like to answer the other questions I asked as well?


And no, it definitely doesn't have anything to do with Winamp,
then again, you still haven't confirmed whether or not you've installed any 3rd-party Winamp plugins.
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