This page has been updated on 2009-12-14 for the release of Shareaza v18.104.22.168.
The old version of partial file previewers (.avi and .mpg) have been located inside the old MediaPlayer.dll which is unavailable since 22.214.171.124 due to a major code rewrite.
Therefore a new preview plug-in has been added to Shareaza in v126.96.36.199 - a manager for external previewers. So for example for .avi-files, you can use the DivFix++ utility. Download and unpack it to some folder then select divfix++.exe in the preview plug-in configuration dialog (Shareaza Menu >> Tools >> Settings >> Plugins):
Shareaza Settings - Plugins
Above solution is available in Debug Builds since 2009-12-04, v188.8.131.52 r8392 and has been included in the official release builds since v184.108.40.206.
The Shareaza Media Player is a DirectShow media player, similar to Windows Media Player, which means it relies on separately installed filters to play most multimedia files. Shareaza may crash because you don't have the proper codecs/filters installed to play the file, or they are improperly installed. If this is the case, remove existing codec packages and download the K-Lite Mega Codec Pack, which should contain almost all codecs you will ever need.
If you don't like enormous codec packs, try installing only what the filters you need: see Direct Show Filters.
I can't hear any sound. The video doesn't show. The video is upside-down. What's wrong?
You're probably missing a necessary codec to decode the file or the codec you're using isn't a good one. See above for a codec pack, or Direct Show Filters for individual codecs. If you are still stuck, try asking at the Shareaza Forums.
Yes, you can control Shareaza in the system tray, or by clicking the menu Window >> Show Remote.
Tools >> Shareaza Settings... >> General >> Media Player
You can remove file types from the list or completely avoid using SMP (Shareaza Media Player) by unchecking the top two options.
Originally, the old media player performed some of the preview functions. However, the old media player was removed in 220.127.116.11 to enable better support in the future. As of 18.104.22.168, there is a new plug-in to enable previewing of these files, but requires external programs to perform this action.