Media Portal verging on unusable, help.

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  1. Folkfan

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    Hi everyone. I am new to this forum, but have been using MP for quite a while. I love it but I've had a persistent problem for the last month or so that's making it unusable.



    I have searched the forums for similar problems but had no success. (If I am just not looking hard enough feel free to call me names:D ).

    When ever I listen to music (the main thing I use MP for) I can only play one or two tracks and then the system freezes. Its infuriating. I tried updating winamp (I use that plug-in) that helped briefly but then the problem returned coupled with a new one. Now if I skip a track, sometimes the first remains playing over the top of the second. I have also tried not using the winamp plug-in but again the problem persists.

    The pc I am using is quite low spec (1Ghz Pen III, 256ram) but I am sure that's plenty for music playback, plus I don't really have any problems with TV or video. Plus I custom built the whole thing and really don't want to have to rebuild it.

    http://gallery.pcapex.com/showphoto.php/photo/10433/cat/1

    I also tried adding a couple more fans as it runs quite hot but this also made no difference.

    Any idea's would be greatly appreciated.

    Please help as I love MP and really don't want to start looking for a new program.
     
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    you could try installing winamp and turning on the winamp external player.


    That way the computer will use winamp in the background to play music.


    or you could try using windows media player as the music player


    there are a few options for music players in the configiration and one of them might work better
     
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    Thanks lord. I used to use media player, but (and I might just be being stupid here) I am using the latest version (02.1.0) and it dosent seem to have that option any more.

    Also I am not entirly sure what you meen by turning on the external player. MP opens winamp in the background but its not actualy visable. Do you meen I should open winamp befor I open MP? I'll try that anyway.
     
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    Just tried opening winamp first. Still got the same problem.:(
     
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    Sounds like an overall system stability issue to me then. Try running applications like Memtest86+ and Prime95 to test for hardware stability. if those go successfully then you may have some software or OS instability. Making sure all your system drivers are WHQL certified drivers would be my first step after that.
     
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    Why don't you use the BASS-player included in mediaportal. It's far superior..
     
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    gxtracker. Thanks for the advise. Although I cant really use Memtest86+ as my system has no cd/dvd/flopy drive (I could put one in for the sake of a test I supose). I am running prime95 at the moment, there dosent seem to be any problems so far. Its also a fresh install of winxp. As far as the drivers go, I am not ysing anything wacky. Just standard hauppauge and nvidia type stuff. Actualy come to think of it my sound card is a no-name cheapy one. Maybe thats it, I'll try that.

    Lyxalig. Yeah I have tryed the BASS thing, no change, thanks though.
     
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    Just tried running without the sound card (using onboard). Same problem. Grrrr. . . whats wrong?? I so want this to work. My flatmate (roommate) is mocking me.
     
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    Please fill out the support template and post your MediaPortal.log of such a "bad session". See my signature for links.
     
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    thanks mPod.

    I am filling in the form now but I am having a problem getting the .log, since when I have this problem I have to do a hard reset, so I think that stops there being a posibility for an error log. There are other .txt files in the log folder though, should I past them?

    Sorry if I am not understanding this properly. I hope you realise that I am not complaining about MP I just want to get it working again, I like it.
     
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