Does the problem still occur when you close all programs such as ICQ, mIRC, Zone Alarm, AudioGalaxy Satellite, Norton (btw, what kind of Norton program? Those tend to get into Winamp's way under certain circumstances)? I would recommend to close all those programs and see if your problem disappears.
Furthermore, are DMA transfers for your harddrive enabled? DMA transfers usually give a nice performance boost
. To check if DMA transfers for your HDD are active, do the following: Go to your computer's Control Panel
-> Device Manager
-> Generic IDE Disk Type0X
(where the "X" is the number of harddrive, usually one or another entry like that with a "2" instead of a "1"). Double click that entry and choose the Settings
- tab. Checkmark DMA
if it's not checked already. DMA transfers are disabled by default and should be enabled to take off load of your CPU and speed up drive performance in general. Do the same with your CD-ROM drives.
Does all not apply if you are using a SCSI system ...
I agree with DJ Egg saying that your soundcard SoundMAX sounds suspicious indeed
. I have heard that that soundcard's drivers suffer from certain driver issues, but anyways,
get the latest drivers
for your soundcard. I am wondering as well if that sound-solution is a seperate card or an on-board solution on your computer's mainboard.
Having the latest drivers installed is essential
. Your DirectX version is current and should be alright at all.
What output plugin are you using within Winamp? DirectSound or waveOut? In order to check that, open up Winamp first. Then you press the CTRL and the P - key together to make the Winamp preferences window to appear. There you go to Plug-ins
-> highlight Nullsoft DirectSound plug-in v2.0
Now close Winamp and let it play a song (stop playback if a song was playing, otherwise Winamp won't notice the change).
The Winamp setup default is the WaveOutput plugin, so maybe changing to DirectSound solves your problem
@ DJ Egg
: Haha, yeah, I am rather pissed Germany sucked so much that they lost 5 - 1 against England
. I have lost my faith in the German team's skills
. I am sleepy, too, my girlfriend is calling me to go to bed, as well