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Last Versions of Software for Windows 98SE

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I just downloaded Trout. Pretty nice, so far. Works on all my files.

Is there a way to rearrange tracks on the playlist? Like change positions, move a file up or down?

Because I added files, but I can't figure out how to adjust their positions.

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CTRL+Up/Down moves files in playlist.

Unfortunately, Trout has its 9x days counted. According to this post, Skwire may soon drop 9x support, due to basic AHK having been abandoned in favor of a Unicode fork AHK_L that he's gonna use. :( So, what's next...?

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Ah, there we go, now it works! :)

Trout is actually pretty cool. Thanks.

As far as what's next....hmm, I don't know. It's kinda sad thinking about it.

But Trout and 1 by 1 are now my favorite, up-to-date mp3 players. Hopefully they'll support Win9x a little while longer.

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I will also mention XMPlay ... been using that player for several years ... crisp, clear sound

http://www.un4seen.com/xmplay.html

XMPlay v3.6

XMPlay is an audio player, supporting the OGG / MP3 / MP2 / MP1 / WMA / WAV / AIFF / CDA / MO3 / IT / XM / S3M / MTM / MOD / UMX audio formats, and PLS / M3U / ASX / WAX playlists. A load more formats are also supported via plugins. When XMPlay was first released in 1998, only the XM format was supported, hence the name "XMPlay".

Plays the way nature intended

# 32/24-bit & multi-channel output

Take advantage of supporting hardware for ultimate quality

# Gapless output

Gapless playback of all supported formats, crossfading

No installation

UnZIP where you want and go!

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UN4SEEN is the home of BASS codec, hence the logical conclusion that XM Player is BASS-based. Trout is also based on the BASS codec so I can't see any difference in sound quality, unless some frequency compensation is used by either one or both. Differences however, may appear in additional features, GUI appearance and other stuff of minor importance.

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You are probably right about Trout and XMPlay. Years ago when I was hunting around for a really good mp3 player, I tried many players, listening to the music through headphones. I wasn't satisfied with what I was hearing ... then I came across XMPlay and I thought the sound was fantastic, the best I had ever heard, after I had the equalizer and other settings to my liking. I have never heard of Trout so I will be trying it out. I'm not saying XMPlay is the "best" player out there. In my case, when I came across XMPlay, I quit looking for more players. I'm anxious to work with Trout, maybe I'll decide to go with it, all depends on what I hear in those headphones.

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No worries, it's all about personal preferences. Whatever suits you well. I've built myself a barebones audio player completely hotkey-based, without any GUI but a playlist (hidden by default), for any super-minimalistic users out there. It uses the default system MCI library. Can be found following the link in my signature below. Most important thing for us is to have a choice. If we don't, we should make it ourselves.

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Just like to mention another small zip program called FreeZip ... Been using it for years.

FreeZip v1.4.9

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~nulifetv/freezip/

FreeZip is a small, fast and efficient Zip utility for compression and decompression of files and directories. FreeZip integrates with Windows Explorer and uses file associations and context menus to zip or unzip files and subdirectories. If you know how to use Windows Explorer, then you do not have to learn anything new to use FreeZip. The setup is a single-click process and there are no options or settings involved. The manual is in English, Japanese, Polish, Italian, Swedish, German, Latvian, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Czech, Russian, Lithuanian, Belorussian, Portuguese and Chinese. FreeZip, WinZip, and most other Zip programs use identical compression code, originating from the same source. However, FreeZip is freely available for use and distribution.

FreeZip version 1.4.9 includes updated decompression code and a new format of documentation. If you want to protect your zip files with a password, download the encryption patch, or use dsCrypt for best security. To create a self-extracting zip file, get the SFX patch. Multiple volumes can be easily made with FineSplit. Do not hesitate to try out FreeZip, the uninstaller will leave no trace of it on your system, if you do not like it.

Lockergnome's review:

"Novices: Confused with ZIP files? Do other ZIP proggies offer too many confusing options? Do you just want to download things and get on with your life? If other ZIP proggies leave a strange taste in your mouth, you can use FreeZip for FREE. If you have ever used the Windows Explorer, then there's nothing new to learn with this puppy. Quick, painless and nicely integrated with Explorer."

... I see there is a Note at the bottom of the web page about a "copycat" version with spyware, in case someone might have tried that one and not this FreeZip program.

NOTE: "FreeZip" (without exclamation point) has been available since 1997 and is different from the recently launched NewMedia/Braxio "FreeZip!" and in no way associated with the program. Unlike that product, FreeZip does not involve any of the "Spyware".

... Would also like to add that FreeZip works with Windows 2000 and XP.

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Just registered avast antivirus 4.8. I can use it now until 1 December 2012 with windows 98se.

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For anyone interested in KMPlayer ... I made a discovery over this past weekend using the latest version. The last version listed to work with Windows 98SE is KMPlayer v2.9.3.1428. Have used that version for years but decided to try the latest version of KMPlayer with KernelEx. I (also others) have always had trouble playing flash videos with KMP v2.9.3.1428 but from what I understand this was "fixed" in newer versions of KMP. If you uninstall the older version of KMP, be sure to run a good registry cleaner before installing the newer version, I had between 200 and 350 registry entries on two different computers removed ... also have a firewall operating when you install KMPlayer v3.0.0.1442 (latest). If you have KernelEx installed, just leave it at "default" ... when I installed the new KMP I changed the "default" to "XP Sp2" thinking that would allow the newer version to install without any problems, since Windows 98 is no longer listed to work with the newer KMP. I had a few "errors" pop up during the install but KMP did seem to install and play OK. On the second computer I decided to leave KMP install with no changes to KernelEx, leaving it as "default". The newer KMPlayer v3.0.0.1442 installed with no errors and plays just fine, including flash videos.

Now there is one problem but it can be fixed after installing KMP ... I mentioned earlier to have an active firewall working when you install or make sure you are not connected to the internet. For some reason the KMP developers have added the ASK Toolbar or something, anyway it will "phone home" unless you have a firewall to stop any outgoing connections as KMP is being installed. No choice (yes or no) is offered and only the firewall will stop it ... I have an older version of ZoneAlarm and it did it's job. If you go to the KMPlayer folder ... you will see a red colored ASK folder, simply delete that folder and everything seems to be OK after that. I guess the main thing is that the latest version of KMPlayer will install on Windows 98SE. It a very good player for mostly everything but there is that one annoyance with that ASK program trying to connect, until the folder is deleted.

KMPlayer v3.0.0.1442

http://www.filehippo.com/download_kmplayer/

This is also a very good registry cleaner with some extras tweaks also. It found all those 200 to 350 old KMPlayer entries when I took off the older KMPlayer program.

RegSeeker v1.55

http://www.hoverdesk.net/freeware.htm

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Nice find duffy98 ! :thumbup

albeit it belongs to the KernelEx Apps thread.

I have tried KMPlayer today, and I'm impressed B)

KMP 3.0.0.1442_R2 ( vs VLC 1.0.3 ) is obviously better : for the image, sound, frame rate, memory usage (25-26 MB vs 40-50 MB), ...

You can open the exe with 7-Zip and don't need any install.

Just delete the $PLUGINSDIR folder, and you will get rid of your Ask Toolbar ;)

although he is still phoning home.

My only problem is that he's freezing (and then crashing) if I try to make it read Wmv files :blink:

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CharlesF ... Since I have installed the newer version of KMPlayer and also deleted the red ASK Toolbar folder in the KMPlayer folder, I have had no attempts of anything trying to connect to the internet through the firewall ... in Options under the General tab there is also a checkmark to check for KMP updates that I remove. So far all files are playing OK, including wmv files, mostly play avi files. I like how KMP identifies (labels) the various files. Can't say why something is still trying to connect to the internet on your computer. You did delete that red ASK Toolbar folder? I think KMP is a pretty good player for videos and DVDs but that's just a preference on my part.

I listed the KMPlayer information here since this new version seems to work OK for me on Windows 98SE ... It may actually work on a computer with "no" KernelEx installed at all, I don't know ... I have KernelEx installed but as I stated, just left the Default setting in place.

Update: Feb 11, 2012

CharlesF, decided to update this old posting ... I now also have KMPlayer trying to connect to the internet for no apparent reason. When I first installed the newer KMPlayer version and deleted the ASK folder ... I did not have this problem. It's not a big deal as ZoneAlarm prevents it from doing so. Just thought I should post this update that you will probably not read anyway from this old post.

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I have had no attempts of anything trying to connect to the internet through the firewall ... in Options under the General tab there is also a checkmark to check for KMP updates that I remove.

Same thing here, ...but still calling home :angry:

Not a big deal, I'm using ZA also.

As I have said, the whole folder including the Ask toolbar components has been deleted.

So far all files are playing OK, including wmv files

In Options\Preferences\Decoder Usage\Internal Video Decoder\WMV ,

I have change from DirectX Media Objects to LibCodec, ...and everything is just fine now! :thumbup

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Burn Right CD & DVD

http://www.kiwialpha.com/burnright/index.htm

Basically, a minimalist data CD burner.

"BurnRight! CD & DVD runs on Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, Me and XP.

Features

*super lightweight

*completely free

*latest technology

*user friendly

*blazing fast burning"

*Edit*

I tested it and it works. A couple nag screens advertising the Pro Version is all.

Here's where you can download

http://www.freewr.com/freeware.php?download=instant-cd-dvd-burner&lid=2898

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So, Opera 10.10 would be the best bet for full functionality, is that so?

Can anybody confirm this? I see no difference between Opera 10.10/10.63

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Java. Opera 10.10 (is the last version that) can use the old-style Java plugin, while 10.63 cannot. And, AFAIK, nobody has yet been able to use the new-style Java plugin in 9x/ME, no matter what browser is used and regardless of KernelEx. But I may be wrong, and the situation may have changed. I installed 10.10 with Java and Flash and forgot about the problem. But I'm sure our fellow members who are Opera users will correct me if I've missed any significant new development in this matter.

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Java. Opera 10.10 (is the last version that) can use the old-style Java plugin, while 10.63 cannot. And, AFAIK, nobody has yet been able to use the new-style Java plugin in 9x/ME, no matter what browser is used and regardless of KernelEx. But I may be wrong, and the situation may have changed. I installed 10.10 with Java and Flash and forgot about the problem. But I'm sure our fellow members who are Opera users will correct me if I've missed any significant new development in this matter.

Thanks :thumbup

I needed the green light, and you just gave it to me. :w00t:

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Install while disconnected from the internet, then open Opera, go to Tools -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Security -> Auto-update and set it to "Do not check for updates". Then close it, reconnect the internet, and you're all set. :)

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