"Windows XP SP 2 on a Dell Dimension XPS T500 computer that has a Pentium III 498 MHZ processor and 640 MB RAM. I have a 3dfx Voodoo 3 16MB video card."
Sorry, but there is no cure here since this machine is about the point I've found DVD playback to start working on Windows 2000/XP. Maybe there are combinations of drivers or settings you can try but I found such to be an investment of time I can't afford. I hand out a shopping list of what to try and let the owner have at it.
-> Try a GEEXBOX bootcd from google.com since it will not have the overhead of windows.
I recently tried to play a scratched DVD on my system using Sonic Cineplayer. The program got hung up and I had to use End Task to get out of it. The next day, I tried to play a cd using Windows Media Player and it started breaking up about halfway through, even though the disc wasn't scratched at all. Now, every time I try to play a DVD (and I've tried playing all kinds of different DVDs that are in perfect shape in Cineplayer, Windows Media Player 10, and PowerDVD), it works fine for about 20 to 30 minutes, but then the playback slows WAY down/gets choppy and the sound disappears. Even when I quit the DVD player after this happens, sounds don't play properly on my system (Windows sound alerts, mp3s, everything). The first time this happened a little dialogue box came up in CinePlayer that said something like my system resources were shut down improperly before and that's why the DVD wouldn't play. I didn't pay too much attention to that because I thought it sounded like an issue that could be resolved through restarting the computer, but the issue hasn't been resolved, and this dialogue box hasn't showed up again. So basically, I can only watch DVDs for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. If I want to watch the rest of the DVD, or listen to music on my computer, I have to restart the computer.
I have a Hitachi DVD-ROM GD5000. I am running Windows XP SP 2 on a Dell Dimension XPS T500 computer that has a Pentium III 498 MHZ processor and 640 MB RAM. I have a 3dfx Voodoo 3 16MB video card.
Nothing like this has ever happened with this DVD player before and the problems definitely started after I played that scratched DVD. I have gone through all the steps of the Windows DVD troubleshooter but nothing has helped. I tried setting both my IDE channels to DMA if available (the primary channel shows it's in Ultra DMA Mode 2 but the secondary channel remains in PIO mode). I have also tried using a lower screen resolution and color quality. I have made sure that I have the most recent drivers for all my hardware. And, as far as I know, the only program I have running in the background is Norton Antivirus.
I am at my wit's end, please help.