Old 4th January 2004, 11:16   #1
rajkanneganti
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 2
Preferences do not get saved for some weird reason

Here's the problem
I really have no idea why this is happening. I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling Winamp and it still hasn't made any difference whatsover.

Is there anyone else facing this difficulty? Any kind of help would be greatly appreiciated
rajkanneganti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th January 2004, 20:19   #2
PhranK
Junior Member
 
PhranK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 6
hey there.
i'm having a similar problem, but with the opacity settings.
every time i start winamp, it's at 60% opacity regardless of what i had it set at last time i was running it.

i've changed it from the alpha blending tab on the modern skins preferences menu, as well as from the right-click windows settings menu, and it works fine for the current session but resets every time i restart winamp.

i haven't played around to find which settings won't save, but it seems some will and some won't.
at least the skin and the color theme don't reset, and a few others for sure.

i've been doing searches for my specific problem on here for about 30 minutes now without much luck, but if i find anything, i'll paste it here for you

so far, most of the suff i've found is regarding winamp3 and none of it has been relevant
mainly about the studio.xnf or winamp.ini files being set to read-only, which mine aren't.

hopefully some nice, well-informed person will happen upon this thread soon and save us both...

sorry i couldn't help, but at least you know you're not alone, huh?

Last edited by PhranK; 4th January 2004 at 21:26.
PhranK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th January 2004, 22:47   #3
DJ Egg
Techorator
Winamp & SHOUTcast Team
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 35,821
Well, more than often, this type of problem is caused by one of the following:

The preferences settings file, namely winamp.ini in the Winamp dir
has the read-only attribute, and therefore cannot be written to.
This would normally be the cause of rajkanneganti's problem.

The modern skin settings file, namely studio.xnf in the Winamp dir
has the read-only attribute, and therefore cannot be written to.
This would normally be the cause of PhranK's problem.

Make sure that none of the files in the Winamp dir are read-only.

eg. in WinXP, right click the Winamp folder, Select "properties",
and uncheck "read-only".
When prompted, say "yes" to applying this to all files within and all files in subfolders.

Alternatively, open the folder, select all files within except for SubFolders
(eg. Ctrl+A, then Ctrl+LeftClick to unselect the subfolders),
then File -> Properties -> uncheck: "read only", checkmark "archive"


If it's not this, then another reason could be that Winamp isn't closing properly,
so therefore the settings aren't being saved.
The usual cause for this is a slightly dodgy 3rd-party plugin,
or interference from some other concurrently running app/process.


Other possible reasons:

Not logged on as admin, and/or the Winamp folder doesn't have read-write permissions.

Some external system cleaning app (eg. Windows Washer or Tracks Eraser) is deleting the Winamp settings files (winamp.ini, gen_ml.ini, etc) and will need configuring not to do so. Try adding the Winamp folder to said app's exclusion list.

Or something weird like this

...and there's probably more!


Basically, the more info you can provide us with, the better chance we have of helping. Otherwise, it's all down to speculation.

Please provide system specs (pc or mobo make/model, cpu, ram, graphics & sound cards/chips, Windows OS, DirectX version) with every post that requires true technical support.

ie. a post asking how to enable/disable a winamp feature doesn't really require much info, but cases like this do.

Also tell us whether you installed on top of any previous version, whether Winamp 2.x or Winamp3, (as opposed to a proper clean install) and whether you've installed any 3rd-party plugins, etc etc.
DJ Egg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th January 2004, 01:02   #4
rajkanneganti
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 2
DJegg thanks for your help.

Changing the file properties did not make a difference at all. The problem still persisted.

I tried the link you gave and Voila! its working perfectly. All I did is change the installation directory and now Winamp can save the preferences without any problem. Is this a bug? Should it be reported in the bug section?

Clean install Winamp 5.01
Running WinXP w/SP1 and all the latest hotfixes
Mobo is KT333
Running latest Cats for my R9700 Pro
Latest drivers for my AE as well

Thanks

Raj
rajkanneganti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th January 2004, 04:13   #5
DJ Egg
Techorator
Winamp & SHOUTcast Team
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 35,821
No, I don't think it's a bug, because if it was, it'd affect more people than just one or two. Many, if not most people have Winamp 5 installed to the default dir (C:\Program Files\Winamp), including me, and don't have this problem.

Naturally, it would be nice to know the cause of the problem though...
DJ Egg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st June 2004, 18:05   #6
alevine
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 3
I think i've figured this one out. Its not a bug in Winamp, its just a security technicality in windows:

this probobly only happens to windows 2000/xp users because of the way the interface is set up in those OSs. If an administrator installs the program and then a non-admin tries to run it, windows has already set those files as read only so that the non-admin cannot tamper with them. The solution is to log into windows as an admin, and then right click on those files, go to properties, and uncheck the read-only box. Having done that all the users on the computer will be able to use the program correctly.
alevine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd July 2004, 18:32   #7
rwwood
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 3
A related problem is that different users are unable to save different settings due to the fact that Winamp uses a single .ini file to store all settings. Even after changing the read-only settings to allow other than admin to save settings, if user A changes settings, logs off and user b logs on and changes settings, user A will have to change them the next time he/she uses the machine.

This should be added to future version as current OS's are geared toward multiple users and usage tends to not be limited to one person.

HTH,
RWW
rwwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd July 2004, 19:01   #8
DJ Egg
Techorator
Winamp & SHOUTcast Team
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 35,821
Yes, multi-user support is planned for a later 5.x release.

For now, try the Winamp Profiler plugin v0.8 | Latest version v0.81

[edit --> 2006]
Old thread revived. This issue is resolved as from v5.2x where native multi-user support was implemented. [/edit]
DJ Egg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th February 2005, 11:54   #9
ahafeez88
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2

Hey dudes. After a whole 5 minutes of research i found out the problem. Well it fixed mine hope it does the same for you.

1. Open notepad
2. Click "Save As"
3. Go To C:/Program Files/Winamp
4. save the file as "winamp.ini"
5. Close Notepad
6. Open Winamp , apply all your settings / preferences
7. Close winamp and re-open. It should be the same. If you look at winamp.ini now it will be full of settings.

Good Luck and hope it works out for you
ahafeez88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd September 2006, 19:46   #10
PulseDriver
w3 addict
(Major Dude)
 
PulseDriver's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Norway
Posts: 1,806
Actually, 5.24 is the first time I experienced similar

When I save playlist, and try to open it again, it's empty..

None of the above did help :/
I even tried to re-install Windows XP.

I use single user (the old behavior) type of install, from the Full free install version of winamp.

09 F9 11 01 9D 74 E8 5B D8 41 56 C3 63 56 81 C0
PulseDriver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd September 2006, 07:44   #11
siebe83
Forum King
 
siebe83's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 9,222
What exactly do you mean by "when I save playlist"? This thread is about Winamp settings (including the current playlist) not being saved.
If you are saving a playlist as m3u and it comes up empty when you open it, that may have a different cause. What type of entries are in the playlist?

If it's the current playlist that is not saved properly on Winamp exit, please provide system specs (read this!).

Good Winamp plugins by Joonas, DrO and shaneh.
If you're bored go here or, if the boredom is more serious, here.
siebe83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th September 2006, 07:37   #12
RaceLunar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 20
Send a message via AIM to RaceLunar
Ive been having a similar problem... This happens about 50-75% of the time for me. For example, if I give 5 stars to a few songs (a crapload in my case), add new music to my library, edit my current playlist, even change the color of winamp's skin, then try to close winamp, everything I did would not save, and revert to the way it was before. it's like Winamp has amnesia...

Since I'm the only user on my PC (Admin), I'm going to leave that multi-user problem out of the equation. I have un-checked the "read only" mark on the folder (and everything in it), and I am going to try and close winamp... I'm scared because I've edited a Ton of ML data recently... hope this works!

There really needs to be some "Save ML Data" option or something somewhere... I don't want to have to risk closing Winamp everytime I want my data saved. besides, if Winamp's not the first thing in my taskbar then I go crazy, not function properly, and eat people. Winamp's my right-hand-man, I've loved it for years...

I think they call that "Obsessive Compulsive" or something.

Anyway, thanks for the help guys, I really appreciate it.
Wish me Luck!!

If the above statement is in any way classified as STUPID, you are hereby given permission to bash my head on a rock.
RaceLunar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th March 2007, 09:37   #13
Artic Eddy
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 3
Hi All,

Sorry for digging up an old topic, but couldn't seem to find a more recent version, maybe not looking hard enough? Checked greatest hits and that, but didn't show up.

On XP, limited account, none of my preferences save. Got the admin to uncheck the read only box on the Winamp folder, but no dice still.

My mate has winamp, and I got it installed here cause I like how his playlist was already there when he opened it up, but now my skin wont even stay the same after I close it.

Furthermore, I always get the box when it first opens up regarding the survey etc, and regardless of what boxes I tick or fill in, it always re-occurs.

Help!
Artic Eddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th March 2007, 10:53   #14
DJ Egg
Techorator
Winamp & SHOUTcast Team
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 35,821
Do you have any cleanup apps installed like Window Washer or Tracks Eraser?
If so, then you'll need to configure said app to not delete Winamp's config files (winamp.ini, gen_ml.ini, studio.xnf, winamp.m3u, winamp.m3u8, etc) on Winamp exit.

If it's not that, then make sure you installed Winamp with 'separate settings per user' and not 'shared settings for all users' (screen 5 of the installer options).

A multi-user setup is required for limited user profiles, because Winamp cannot write to the Program Files folder under limited profiles, but can write to the user's profile folder (%appdata%\winamp).
DJ Egg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th March 2007, 12:05   #15
Artic Eddy
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 3
If the option for "separate settings per user" was not selected, can that be changed?
Artic Eddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th March 2007, 13:22   #16
DJ Egg
Techorator
Winamp & SHOUTcast Team
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 35,821
Yes, you can do this without reinstalling, but only if you've got read+write access to the Winamp folder.

Close Winamp

Open Notepad

Paste in the following:

[Winamp]
inidir={26}\Winamp


Save the file as:

C:\Program Files\Winamp\paths.ini

(assuming that's where Winamp was installed)
DJ Egg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th March 2007, 05:51   #17
Artic Eddy
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 3
Cheers, I'll give it a burl
Artic Eddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th May 2007, 10:47   #18
John Quays
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1
I have had a problem exactly as RaceLunar describes with Winamp forgetting my recently added ratings 50% of the time. This has happened using Windows 2000 and XP, and with vaious Winamp versions from 5.13 to 5.35. To get around this I would rate a whole album, then close Winamp at the end of this and restart to check if it had remembered what I had just input. If it had not saved them, I would be able to re-input the ratings as they were still showing on the playlist when it re-loaded. I use the Toaster plug-in, and I know think this is what was causing the problem. On the "Display" settings, I had the "hold" slider over on maximum, so that the display would show the details until I clicked it to go off. I have now changed this to 50% along the slider, and so far, the problem appears to have stopped. I have rated about 200 songs since doing this and not had one problem, so fingers crossed.
John Quays is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24th February 2008, 15:14   #19
pseudora
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 1
Winamp forgets my settings when I restart.
The songs are still loaded, however.

I have Vista Ultimate and I don't believe that I have Windows Washer or Tracks Eraser. How can I find out? I have tried searching files and browsing programs.

This is a clean install of Winamp and my computer is new and almost empty.

If you have any ideas, I would be grateful. (And if you could explain them to me as if I were a noob I would be even more so.)
pseudora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27th July 2010, 14:53   #20
Compupix
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Long Beach, CA
Posts: 26
Closing Windows Causes WinAmp to Loose Its Memory

When WinAmp is minimized, but still active, and Windows is closed, WinAmp looses track of where it was in the playlist and does not remember the most recently played songs.
If WinAmp is closed before Windows is closed, then WinAmp does remember where it was and the recently played song list is accurate.
Is there a way to get WinAmp to remember its place when it is open and Windows closes?

Thanks,
Drew
Compupix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th July 2010, 19:38   #21
purpleshadow
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 2
I have seen my winamp directory is read only. I am logged in as the admin but when I reset the preferences of the wolder it then reverts back to read only. Any suggestions in what I am doing wrong.
purpleshadow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th May 2011, 14:19   #22
axel047
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by rajkanneganti View Post
Here's the problem
I really have no idea why this is happening. I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling Winamp and it still hasn't made any difference whatsover.

Is there anyone else facing this difficulty? Any kind of help would be greatly appreiciated
@ rajkanneganti:
dude..ur preference settings dont get set because you probably have the "Restore file associations" & "Maintain File associations" ticked..

Goto Preferences>>File Types>> Uncheck "Restore file associations" and also "Maintain File associations" in the Winamp agent frame
axel047 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th May 2011, 16:12   #23
siebe83
Forum King
 
siebe83's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 9,222
Dude, you're replying to a 7 years old post.

Good Winamp plugins by Joonas, DrO and shaneh.
If you're bored go here or, if the boredom is more serious, here.
siebe83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Go Back   Winamp & Shoutcast Forums > Winamp > Winamp Technical Support

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump