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Choppy Video Playback (WMP)

by GreenMunky / August 10, 2006 1:20 PM PDT

System Info:
Windows XP SP2
AMD Athlon 64 3400+
ATI Radeon X800
160GB HD

Okay... here's the problem... and it only started a few days ago: When I try to play video files the video will pause for a split second every few seconds and I don't know what the problem is. In fact my computer is running much slower than normal lately. I've gotton rid of unused programs, I've run SpyBot, and I've updated my video drivers. Please... if anyone can offer any advice whatsoever it would be most appreciated.

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Check your Free RAM in Task Manager..............
by Trance_Zac / August 10, 2006 4:55 PM PDT

Ctrl/Alt/Delete if you have sufficient free RAM (min 600 MB) you'll ned to run more Malware scans.

With a gig of physical RAM I have 750 free - if you have way less, check your apps for RAM usage

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In addition to csrjohn's advice......
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 10, 2006 9:30 PM PDT

I suspect something is running in the background that is using your CPU excessively.

Run a video, and re-size the WMP window so it's quite small and to one side.

Then press CTRL+ALT+Del together to bring up the Task Manager. The Task Manager always sits on top, (although you can change a setting in the Options menu), so that's why I said resize the video window, so you can see it to one side.

In the Task Manager, click the Processes tab. If you do not have a column titled CPU, goto View > Select columns, and tick the CPU usage option. At the same time, click the Memory usage option if that is not ticked. Click Ok.

With the video running, check down the list to see what else is using the CPU. YOu can then start investigating through Google, or at this site;

I hope this helps.


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Still not workin'
by GreenMunky / August 11, 2006 4:19 AM PDT

I don't know what the deal is... in Task Manager the only thing that's using up the resourses is Windows Media player (or any other media player that I've tried to use). It's only when I play video files... streamed video works fine. But if I'm playing a video file then my computer slows WAY down and I can't do anything else on it while the video is playing. I've done everything I can in MSCONFIG and it's still not helping at all. I even turned off my antivirus software and still no luck. Please... any further help will be most welcome.

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Other ideas.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 11, 2006 4:26 AM PDT
In reply to: Still not workin'

1. Set the video to millions of colors.

This one is counterintuitive until you realize how hard the CPU will have to work to find the closest colors for each pixel in each frame.

2. Drivers. I can't stress how badly Microsoft does at updating drivers. Do that yourself on motherboard, video, printer and what else.

3. Pests. Today I write... scan with housecall and ewido.

4. Try another player like VLCPLAYER.


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