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Slow Choppy Video Playback: WMP and Movie Maker


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Paul W.

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I've tried to get help from google searches, but geekstogo usually always can help me fix the problem.

It's very choppy, when I playback video files with Windows Media Player 11, or while previewing from Movie Maker 2.

Whatever information you need about my system, please ask.

I thank you for helping!
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A choppy video can be caused by a slow processor, not enough RAM, slow internet connection, incorrect video driver, or a low quality video card.
Please tell us about your computer including Internet speed if you know it.
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Let's see. I have a Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop. It has 1GB RAM and a 40GB HDD, of which 12GB is free. I have adjusted the swap file to be near a maximum of 4GB (it's probably overkill). Here is what I have just recently discovered about the choppy video. The video playback is not choppy while playing the video files from the external hard drive, only from the internal C: drive. And, it seems that when I play video from the C: drive that has more things going on in the video (waves of the ocean, busy traffic, etc), it is more choppy. But if it is played back again right away, it is still choppy, but less than the first time. And, as well from the C: drive, if the video is more simple (a face talking), then I barely notice any choppiness, even on the first playback.

I think if all video plays great from the external HDD, then I think this will narrow the search for the problem.

While playing online video streams, I usually have between 24 Mbps and 36 Mbps connection speed. I don't notice the video being choppy online. Well, sometimes it is, but it seems because the video has not had the chance to buffer. So, the main problem I'm having is playback and previewing of video in Windows Media Player, and Movie Maker.

Hope that makes things easier to diagnose.

Thank you so much for helping.
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