Old 11th September 2012, 04:22   #1
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Having trouble playing some wav files

I have winamp 5.63 but have had this problem for the longest time. Certain wav files, usually small size files with short play times, like Windows system sounds, won't play at all. It won't even display the play length time in the playlist. I've tried adjusting the "Buffer ahead on track change" in Directsound plugin from this post http://forums.winamp.com/showthread....hort+wav+files
but it didn't help.

These wav files play fine in other players. Why doesn't it work in Winamp?
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Old 5th December 2012, 15:35   #2
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Nobody knows?
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Old 6th December 2012, 00:09   #3
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perhaps the issue is the one in my sig, BUG #1

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Old 6th December 2012, 00:38   #4
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So basically there's no fix for it?
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Old 6th December 2012, 00:41   #5
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if ur issue is the one in my sig, then thats my understanding, unfortunately.

however, you should make sure it is the same issue, and not something else. in my issue, any one file will play when double clicked. its when its in a playlist it is often "skipped"

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Old 2nd March 2013, 03:29   #6
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Hmm it's not just the playlist. Many small, short sounding files that are usually under a second, like the Windows system sounds, won't play at all.
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Old 2nd March 2013, 05:10   #7
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It's the "Buffer-ahead on track change" setting in the DirectSound Output plugin config which affects this issue.

Winamp > Prefs (Ctrl+P) > Plugins > Output > out_ds > config > Buffering tab

Default value is 500ms, though maybe some people increase it to try get rid of gaps between tracks on albums that are supposed to be gapless, but were encoded with an old/crappy encoder which doesn't support gapless data.

Try decreasing that value to e.g. 100ms

Maybe the short files will then play....
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Old 2nd March 2013, 21:46   #8
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I already tried changing the "Buffer-ahead on track change". Didn't work.

Hmm most of these Windows system sounds are using something called hardlinks? Only the hardlinked system default sounds will play in Winamp, the rest (like Cityscape, Landscape, Savanna, etc.) don't even seem to be recognized as audio files even though they have the .wav extension. They don't display the play length time in Winamp. But these all play fine in other players like MPC-HC.

Is that the problem? Winamp has problems with hardlinked files?
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Old 3rd March 2013, 08:07   #9
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Okay... my bad....

On further inspection, the .wav files in the "C:\Windows\Media" root folder are standard 16-bit 44.1KHz stereo PCM wave files.

However, the so-called .wav files in the themes subfolders (Cityscape, Landscape, Festival, Garden, etc) are actually mp3 files with a .wav extension.

The solution is here:
http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?t=156839#wav

Install the Waveform Wrapper plugin from the Essentials Pack.
Those mp3 files with a .wav extension will now play in Winamp.
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Old 6th March 2013, 10:05   #10
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Yay cool that fixed it. I've had this problem for years I think. You guys should include that essentials pack into the standard Winamp setup.

That hardlinked thing wasn't important. It belonged to the Link Shell Extension program. After I uninstalled it the files were no longer marked that way.

Thanks a lot DJ Egg. This annoyed me for the longest time.
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Old 18th March 2013, 17:14   #11
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Now I have another problem. There are some .wav files from a video game that aren't playing properly. Usually Winamp hangs and doesn't respond and I have to close the program but there are some files that play sometimes and other times they don't and crash Winamp. They all play fine in other players.

I attached some of the files in a .zip
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File Type: zip wavs.zip (1.51 MB, 118 views)
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Old 26th March 2013, 06:13   #12
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Nevermind. I uninstalled/reinstalled Winamp and now it works again. Don't know why that happened though.
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