Why doesn Winamp (or any mp3 player) play smoothly on the XPi?
There are several reasons mp3 playback (or playback of any sound file) may be slow, choppy, or prone to skipping. I will attempt to outline them and their solutions: 1. The controllers for the inboard sound card are set up incorrectly. This applies mainly to Windows 98 users. Simply put, the default XPi CD audio driver (ESS 1887 Plug and Play AudioDrive) that is loaded into Windows 98 is the wrong one (it’ll have “(WDM)” at the end of its name in Device Manager). The solution is just as simple: download and install the Windows 95 audio driver from the Dell support site. You’ll know you have the correct driver if it says “ES1887 Plug and Play AudioDrive(LXPiCDx 166)” in Device Manager, and, of course, if mp3 playback is smooth. I think the same method applies for the P150ST and M133ST, but e-mail me if I’m wrong. 2. The BIOS is not up to date. The latest BIOS for the XPi CD MMX is version C03 (release date 5/30/2000), which resolved, among other things, a DMA sharing issue with the ESS