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How do you stop video files from lagging?

by freakyjord2025 / January 21, 2006 8:13 AM PST

Im using my HP desktop for school projects and playing videos/music. It still runs win 98 and has pentium 600 mhz w/ 384 mb ram. my mpegs and avi files always lag behind like the image is way behind the audio. I tried all the media players like divx,wmp,realplayer,and winamp but each one falls behind. is there a really good media player out there or how can i improve my performance to eliminate lag?

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Jord, Are These 'Online' Videos...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 21, 2006 8:41 AM PST

...or downloaded videos? Have you checked the computer for viruses and spyware using a variety of removal tools? If so, which ones?

If they're online videos, what type of connection do you have? A dial-up connection will frequently do that..There's really no way to solve the issue unless you get a faster connection.

If the files are downloaded videos that are on your computer's hard drive, then you may have too much stuff running in the background hogging up resources..Try the steps below:

How To Shut Down Unnecessary Start Up Programs

How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive

After all of the above, including running Scandisk and Defrag, restart the computer..When you're ready to play the videos, temporarily disable your antivirus programs to free up the resources as well.

Hope this helps.


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Frankly, there really isn't much you can do
by kschang / January 21, 2006 1:46 PM PST

Except to keep your system as optimized as possible and try different players.

A lot of AVI's use codecs that require a lot of CPU power, and the CPU can't handle the load of decompressing both Video and Audio together. This is especially true for the latest codecs like DIVX / H264, and all that.

I understand your plight quite well, and I was getting by on a 400 MHz Celeron. In fact, I'm using it now to type this message.

I recommend VLC (VideoLan player), which seems to work the best on most formats, esp. XVID/DIVX type AVI's. It knows to skip frames when the audio starts to desync.

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