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Classic Skin works mostly fine. Menus respond immediately to mouse-clicks. File-browsing, adding media, and volume were tested and work. This is the skin I recommend, though it's hard to read because it originated when screen resolutions were mighty low. If you use it a lot, you may want to switch to Modern Skin
Modern Skin works very good. However, when you have an audio in the Playlist, you must right-click
it and select "Play" because the Play button in the main window will not
work. I tested volume, forward/back, and repeat, which work fine.
Options/Preferences work, except skins do not get applied until you restart the application.
What does not
When you switch skins, they are not applied until you restart
Winamp caused my desktop to freeze completely (so that I could not close Winamp or log out of the desktop). I thought the "Bento" skin was the problem. But then it also froze on the "Classic" skin after a while. However (even before desktop freeze), events in the "Bento" skin were extremely delayed.
The file-association monitoring component of Winamp (I forgot
the name of it, and I since uninstalled Winamp) sits in the Taskbar and
is the (main) cause of the desktop freeze. KDE Window Manager popped up an alert that "Compositing was too slow," (and it has been stopped and you can enable it again, yada, yada). I recommend disabling this in
"Options > "Preferences" immediately upon starting Winamp.
Even before disabling the monitor, I immediately noticed
instant mouse-click/event responsiveness when *not* using the "Bento"
skin. The desktop still eventually froze.
I was finally able to regain partial control of my desktop with Ctrl+Alt+Delete, and changed to "Classic" skin. There I was able to to disable that monitor. Then I changed to "Modern" skin and had no major problems, either.
Play button in main window does not work in the "Modern" skin. (Right-click the file in Playlist and select "Play" instead.)
Winamp's website "Search" feature does not work.
"Bento" skin's response to events such as mouse-click and mouse-over is horrible. Applies to menus, buttons, tooltips, and every other event.
What was not tested
Did not create/edit custom playlists.
Did not re-test the "Bento" skin after I disabled the file-association monitor.
Things like being limited to which way you can start a file playing are no big deal, as long as you can find them and play them, and that was fine. Ogg files seemed like a bunch of fuzz, but that is probably a media library issue in Wine. Bento's event responsiveness was horrible, which is too bad because the skin is nice-looking.
However, it's a big deal when part of the program totally freezes your desktop. I thought I would have to hard-power off my laptop. Ctrl+Alt+Del eventually got me out, though the response to that key press was *quite* delayed!
Hence, with a major problem (which is solved if you are able to shut off the component before your desktop freezes), I can only rate it "Bronze."
installing winamp 5.5 - 5.56 you can try a 'sh winetricks comctl32 wininet ie6
allfonts divx' in the terminal for a better winamp experience in WINE
(see below for instructions)
ie6 & wininet for the media library to show up and for the 'send to menu' to work, allfonts for a good display of the bento skin and divx to watch online shoutcast movie stations and local movies.
are some annoying window issues with the modern and bento skin. Like
submenus disappearing behind the main window, or even a disappearing
window with a repositioning.
prevent this you can enable the virtual desktop in winecfg (you can set
“1280x945” for a full-screen experience on a 17inch monitor) otherwise
use “pkill winamp*” to get out of trouble.
you use the modern skin you might need to enlarge the main window for
the media library to show up, if you want to use the Bento skin, make sure you only enable it 'after' you filled the library in classic or modern skin style
your new to WINE this might sound a bit daunting, but really an installation is mostly a matter of copy/paste in the terminal, so go ahead.
~/ && wget http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks &&
chmod +x winetricks
WINEPREFIX=~/.wine-winamp sh winetricks comctl32 wininet ie6 allfonts
WINEPREFIX=~/.wine-winamp wine winecfg
enable a virtual desktop, go to graphics, check emulate)
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Problems with Winamp 5.65 in Wine 1.7.1
by Daniel on Saturday September 14th 2013, 16:50
Today I installed Winamp in Wine, and I'm having a number of issues. I'm using the Classic skin. Roughly in order of severity:
- If I try to open two instances of Winamp, the first instance crashes. This is the pop-up error message:
The program winamp.exe has encountered a serious
problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the
This can be caused by a problem in the program or a deficiency
in Wine. You may want to check the Application Database for
tips about running the application."
- Under Preferences, for many menu items, the text at the end of a line gets cut off.
- Also under Preferences, the first few items are shifted down a few lines, overlapping with the next few items. I can only get to these items by clicking on a lower item, and then using the arrow keys to scroll up.
- When I drag and drop a single audio file into a playlist, two copies of the file are added to the playlist.
- When I drag and drop multiple audio files into a playlist, the files are again duplicated, but NOT one after the other. So far as I can tell, it adds four files at a time to the playlist, then duplicates them, and then moves on to the remaining files.
- When I try to use Alt+Tab to change windows between Winamp and, say, Firefox (to type up this post!), all that happens is that Winamp very briefly shifts its focus from the Equalizer window to the top window (and then back to the Equalizer window).
- If I am in another window (say, Firefox, typing up this post), and I type Alt+Tab to switch to Winamp, the top two windows will appear, but the Playlist window remains hidden underneath Firefox.
- If I hover over and quickly press the "LIST OPTS" button on the bottom right, the pop-up menu will show up, but will then disappear when the Tooltip (which says "Manage Playlist") pops up. If I wait until the Tooltip shows up and then click the button, the menu shows up fine.