I've got the #winamptech log from yesterday, but it's too huge to go through at the moment, maybe when I've got more spare time later...
On Win9x/ME systems, you are prompted to reboot after installation.
This is so the Sonic Solutions Ripping/Burning Engine can be registered on the system.
It's possible that in some cases you may also need to reboot before using Winamp 5.0 on Win2k/Xp.
Reasons for this being that you might have some other (CD/DVD player/ripper/burner) software installed which also uses the Sonic Engine, eg. MyDVD (info
So, reboot after installing, then see if the slow load persists.
That's assuming this is even the cause of the problem....
To provide any further help, we need to know the following:
1. System specs (cpu, ram, mobo, sound, graphics)
2. Windows OS + sp, DirectX version
3. List of concurrently running apps, especially anything like:
nView, StyleXP, Windows Blinds/FX, Litestep, Multimedia software, P2P apps, any cpu-intensive apps (eg. Seti, MS Machine Debug Mgr, Norton full suite), etc.
and whether the problem persists after closing them down,
one by one (by process of elimination method).
4. Which Winamp windows are open and whether the problem occurs with both modern & classic skin (note: to test with classic, switch to classic before closing winamp)
5. Was this a clean install of Winamp 5.0 ?
Or did you install on top of an older 2.x version or 5.0beta build?
6. Whether you've installed ANY 3rd-party plugins
There might also be a few relevant Winamp settings/options/features that can be disabled to test a few things, but we can go into this later if needs be (post is already turning into a mini-novel).