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DVD playback is slow / choppy

by nat_sora / December 20, 2006 10:40 PM PST

I just recently got myself a spanking new Duo Core PC, complete with a NVIDIA 7600 GT. I got one new LG Super DVD and a TDK one transplanted from my old PC.

Whenever i try to play any DVD, the video and audio will be choppy. I've tried everything on the Windows Troubleshooter. Nothing works. My drivers are up to date. On PowerDVD i get no picture, only sound, on Windows Media Player and Windows Media Centre i get choppy video and audio. Please advise what to do, I need help desperately

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It's not uncommon to find...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 20, 2006 11:01 PM PST

The new machine without proper motherboard drivers. Your note is void about details about these drivers, who installed the OS and what exactly was installed (drivers, drivers and drivers.)

Also there is that old XP DMA bug. Do flip the DMA to PIO as noted in the usual sites.


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DVD Playback Choppy / slow
by nat_sora / December 20, 2006 11:29 PM PST

My PC is assembled at a computer hardware store where they specialise in selling seperate parts and assembling for customers. My Windows Media Centra 2006 SP2 OS was installed by them. I assumed that the drivers are installed cause i tried to installed them again when i got the pc home.

hmm... i shall try to download the latest driver online. Will let you know how things goes.

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You don't want to know...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 21, 2006 12:07 AM PST

How many expert installs I run across with missing or outdated motherboard drivers.

Here's the XP DMA issue/note.

"The stuttering DVD drive"


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HP Junk
by sbrasch99 / December 20, 2006 11:08 PM PST

I will bet your computer is a HP. I have the same problem with my new HP and would also like to know what the answer is that would correct this Junker. Model Number m7680n.


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Just A Thought For Both Posts...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 21, 2006 1:15 AM PST
In reply to: HP Junk

For DVD and video issues, do you both have 1 GB of RAM.. It sure helps.. My home Compaq didn't do well at all with it's original 256 MB or RAM.. Adding more helped immensely.

Hope this helps.


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It doesn't work...
by nat_sora / December 21, 2006 8:08 AM PST

My Pc has a pair of 512 ram. Tried the DMA / PIO soloution and it doesn't work. Updated my motherboard drivers it didn't help as well...

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'Tried the DMA / PIO soloution and it doesn't work' ....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 21, 2006 8:21 AM PST
In reply to: It doesn't work...

Please explain.. AFter toggling the DMA settings, off, then on again for the "Primary IDE Channel", what does the "Current Transfer Mode" show in the "Advanced Settings" tab under "Device 0"?


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On the advanced settings
by nat_sora / December 21, 2006 8:50 PM PST

It shows "Not applicable".

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COrrection on the above
by nat_sora / December 21, 2006 8:59 PM PST

Sorry where i go and check if the device is device 0 or otherwise?
I have three Primary IDE Channels listed on my IDE ATA/ATA{I Channels. All of them shows "Not Applicable"

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Then you have SATA connected drives.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 22, 2006 12:11 AM PST

This is a fine example of disregarding the forum note takes us down the wrong path. I don't ask for the detail since it's asked each time you post.

-> OK, I bet (but can't know) you have SATA drives.

If you have SATA DVD DRIVES then the issue is likely to be caused by the OS install and the person skipping installing motherboard drivers.

Maybe there is a make and model, but details are too sparse to nail this one.


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Choppy DVD playback, slow DVD reading
by fibrotic / January 3, 2007 9:29 PM PST

I too have a new computer and the DVD drive is not working properly. It is a Gigabyte GA 965P S3 board, Core 2 Duo 6600 2.4, 2Gb RAM, Pioneer DVR 111, XP home SP 2, Albatron 7950GT, 2xSeagate 32-G SATA II attached to IDE RAID. I am currently confirming the motherboard drivers are OK. I have checked DMA which seems ok.

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New computer = WARRANTY.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 3, 2007 10:21 PM PST

Have the maker step up to the plate on this one.


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Got the exact same problem ...
by afx2000 / January 11, 2007 5:20 PM PST

This is a very interesting thread for me. I also bought a new PC consisting of the following components:

- Intel DG965WH motherboard
- 2GB PC667 DDR2 memory
- 2 Seagate SATAII 250GB harddisks
- 1 Samsung DVD player
- 1 Samsung DVD writer
- Sparkle 7600GT videocard

Under XP my player is locked into PIO mode and unusable, however: the DVD writer is behaving correctly. Both are PATA drives btw.

I have tried everyhting I can think of:
- Switched the drives physically on the IDE cable
- Switched master/slave
- Different versions of firmware on the drives
- Newest firmware on my motherboard
- Only connect the player
- Registry hacking as mentioned at a link in another post here
- Installing every driver for the motherboard I could find
- Not installing every driver I could find
- Changing BIOS settings from SATA IDE to SATA AHCI to SATA RAID mode
- Several reinstalls of XP
- Etc. etc. etc.

Nothing, but absolutely nothing worked. There was however two instances where it DID work: The first one was after I installed Vista. Both DVD drives behaved as they should. But I cannot keep Vista, because I borrowed it just for testing this DVD problem. The second one was when I put an three year old DVD player as a replacement into the system. But I do not want to keep that one, because, well, it is old ...

I notice a few common denominators here with everyone having this problem: a Core2Duo processor, a nVidia videocard in the 7 series and SATA(II) harddisks. But I have no clue where to look beyond that.

It would make me very very very happy if anyone can come up with a solution for this, because it frustrates me a little that my shiny new PC shows this nagging problem.

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Solution for my system (slow/choppy DVD)
by fibrotic / January 11, 2007 7:33 PM PST

I applied all the latest BIOS updates to my motherboard (Gigabyte) and the problem is solved!

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Maybe, just maybe ...
by afx2000 / January 11, 2007 7:54 PM PST

Grats for solving the problem on your machine!

I already have the latest motherboard firmware, but I noticed Samsung released new firmware for my DVD player three days ago. No release notes for it, but hopefully it solves the problem on my PC as well ...

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"I also bought a new PC" = WARRANTY!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 11, 2007 8:48 PM PST

In your case you let the maker fix it.


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DVD playback
by oscar salguero / January 11, 2007 10:26 PM PST

check the that you have the lates directX installed,
I think the late one 9.1

remenber those apps, always are hand by hand with audio or video realated files.

good luck

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(NT) Latest DirectX is 9.0c
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 12, 2007 11:30 AM PST
In reply to: DVD playback
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DVD Playback in both audio and video is laggy
by jar86 / January 25, 2007 2:03 PM PST

I rarely play DVDs on my computer but now that I am without another DVD player the situation has come up. The problem is I too am getting this choppy, slow, laggy playback from DVDs despite being able to burn and rip DVDs and CDs just fine from the same drive. The computer can also play video and music files (already on the computer) just perfectly, the issue only comes up when streaming from a disk be it CD or DVD. I have tried a number of suggestions including driver updates (nothing found), different playback programs (WMP 11 and Nero), uninstalling the secondary IDE drivers, and different dvd encoders. More recently I have tried the PIO thing that seems to be the common answer and I see one of my Secondary IDE's is on PIO only mode and I uninstalled it but when it came back online it went right back to PIO only. I did it a few more times with the same result. I tried changing the Transfer Mode to "DMA if available" but the Current Transfer Mode stays at PIO and is unchangeable. What could be my problem here? How can I fix my DVD playback?

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Possible solution
by afx2000 / January 25, 2007 9:05 PM PST

I had the exact same thing with my DVD player and I resolved it by installing new firmware on my player. Everything else failed ...

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Thanks, that's a good suggestion, but unfortunately...
by jar86 / January 26, 2007 1:30 AM PST
In reply to: Possible solution

Just tried the firmware update and it updated (LiteOn DVD-RW SHM 165H6S HS07 to HS0E) but, unfortunately, when it came back from restart the issue persists. I noticed my Secondary IDE was still in PIO so I uninstalled it but when it came back it went right back to PIO mode for both Transfer and Current Transfer and the issue is still very much a problem.

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Choppy/slow dvd playback
by rusty124 / November 30, 2013 5:30 AM PST

I have an HP Pavilion desktop that I'm refurbishing - (windows 7 - 1GB memory). Went to check out the DVD playback and found that I had Choppy and erratic playback also. Saw a reply about downloading the latest version of
DirectX - did so, and installed a few different dvd's in the player and they all play great - Hope this might help you also...

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