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This is ridiculous: but how do I get Foobar to simply display my audio tracks?

This really is ridiculous...
... As of this evening, when I added a new mp3 file to the hard drive with all of my audio on it, I suddenly have no track list in Foobar. Everything will play, but I have to prompt each track to do so from the drive - ie (G:) > Music > Album > [track 1 - double click]; [then track 2 - double click], etc etc.
I no longer have any display or list in Foobar. It's as if it has suddenly turned into pre-itunes Quicktime or WMP - tracks play perfectly, but each must be launched separately & individually, there is no such thing as a playlist.
Given the trouble I've been having with Foobar since getting my new computer (Foobar is the only software which hasn't 'picked-up from where it left off' in the transfer), should I delete it & reinstall/overwrite etc...? I really would appreciate any thoughts.
God I miss Foobar as it was 2 years ago, it was simple, logical, adaptive & versatile... what happened?

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Reply #1
Where did you download foobar2000 from and how was it installed on your new PC? foobar2000 looks similar to how it did two years ago and certainly still has a playlist. The real desktop version can be found at http://www.foobar2000.org/.
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Reply #2
I'm pretty certain that's exactly where I downloaded it from (if not then it would have been a suggested mirror from that source). Should I try a re-install do you think? If so, how do I ensure that any current preferences etc (which are clearly not what I want) can be made to go away forever?
If you look at my recent history on this forum you'll see I've been struggling with Foobar for the last few months, even with 'intuitive' things like getting a band's albums to appear in date order etc. I'm sure it's not the new PC, & I'm pretty certain I haven't been recently zapped by some kind of stupidity-ray, but suddenly, for some reason, I seem to no longer be able to get along with software I used to swear by, even advocating it to friends.

... Perhaps I have been zapped by the stupidity-ray that seems to have affected much of the world just lately... but how would I know...?!

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Reply #3
If you want to ensure a clean install, delete C:\Program Files (x86)\foobar2000 and C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\foobar2000. To see the latter, you'll need to set Windows to show hidden files and folders.

The normal caveat applies: backup before you do anything drastic.
That's so plausible, I can't believe it.

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Reply #4
Maybe you need to enable set "Enqueue" as the default action under Shell Integration in the preferences?
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Reply #5
Good grief, I think I've finally found the answer to my question:
- for every new file (or folder, or batch of files) that you add, you select "add files" or "add folder", then re-add the entire library, then select "remove duplicates".
Obviously the whole process takes a while & it seems a crazily wasteful use of processor time, but it saves having to re-define your preferences for artist/album/date/track... etc, for every single new item added - I can just go & make a coffee or something instead - happy days! I wish I'd known this earlier.
So... problem solved, I think...
... but I feel sure that a lot of the real dumb-assed players (itunes, windows media whatever) can do this automatically, so why the heck is this simple function so hard to achieve in Foobar?

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Reply #6
Maybe you are looking for the music library setting. You can also create "auto-playlists".

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Reply #7
If you want to ensure a clean install, delete C:\Program Files (x86)\foobar2000 and C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\foobar2000. To see the latter, you'll need to set Windows to show hidden files and folders.
Code: [Select]
%APPDATA%\foobar2000

You might get there without enabling show hidden files by pressing Windows button + R and copy/paste that appdata line there.

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Reply #8
This really is ridiculous...
... As of this evening, when I added a new mp3 file to the hard drive with all of my audio on it, I suddenly have no track list in Foobar. Everything will play, but I have to prompt each track to do so from the drive - ie (G:) > Music > Album > [track 1 - double click]; [then track 2 - double click], etc etc.
I no longer have any display or list in Foobar. It's as if it has suddenly turned into pre-itunes Quicktime or WMP - tracks play perfectly, but each must be launched separately & individually, there is no such thing as a playlist.
Given the trouble I've been having with Foobar since getting my new computer (Foobar is the only software which hasn't 'picked-up from where it left off' in the transfer), should I delete it & reinstall/overwrite etc...? I really would appreciate any thoughts.
God I miss Foobar as it was 2 years ago, it was simple, logical, adaptive & versatile... what happened?
Maybe you need to install foobar2000 as default audio player that means isn't portable installation?
Then is works.

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Reply #9
I'm not sure what OP's issue is but I'm pretty certain portable or regular install has nothing to do with this.

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Reply #10
Good grief, I think I've finally found the answer to my question:
- for every new file (or folder, or batch of files) that you add, you select "add files" or "add folder", then re-add the entire library, then select "remove duplicates".

These basics haven't changed all that much in the past 2 years, so I'm thinking you may have just forgotten how you set it up then. Me, I'm a weirdo who keeps their entire collection in a single hand-sorted playlist, so yeah I always manually add single items and albums as it grows, but most people don't do this.

You may want to set up the library like Sohl said.

I don't know what your current layout looks like, it sounds like everything's reverted to the basic defaults, but it's hard to tell, so a screenshot might be in order.

If you want to get at the folder that contains all your settings, shift-click File, then Browse Cofiguration Folder. See if you can find that same folder on your previous computer. Copy that to the new machine (make a backup, darnit), and then all should be in order.

 

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Reply #11
Sounds to me like OP uses an external drive and the letter of the drive changed in windows when he replugged it to add more songs. Foobar is probably pointed to the old folder on the old drive letter so now shows nothing.

Or he just accidentally closed the playlist viewer part of the UI and needs to readd it.

In any case OP should post screenshots of what he is referring to (not having tracklist etc).

 
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