I've used VLC media player for over a year and have absolutely loved it because it has always worked well and it plays almost all file formats. There was a minor glitch in that every once and a while the video would freeze and the audio would keep playing. A minor annoyance but I made due. In the last week this has been happening a lot more, but even worse, I get CPU spikes up to 100% every 20 seconds or so. This causes the video and audio to stutter for a few seconds and then start at normal. It's a constant thing and has made watching anything impossible.
I'm using and Acer Aspire 1692 laptop, and I've mostly been playing MKV file formats for Japanese Anime (I'm a huge Gundam Fan) The spikes still happen with Avi files but the Spikes only go to 85% and don't cause skipping. Windows media player is the same with AVI's as VLC but can't play MKV files. Itunes seems to skip a lot but not in a pattern like the others. If I'm not running anything I don't get the CPU Spikes. I've also noticed that Youtube is completely useless as it lags the whole way through the video.
I can't think of anything that has changed in this time other than I defragged my system. I have run A-squared antispyware and AVG antivirus. I have Spyguard running at all times and spyware blaster, so I don't think it's an infection.
Overall I do just feel that the comp is slower as well. Loading pretty much anything does seem to take longer.
I'm open to all suggestions.
Thanks in advance
Edited by LANCE_1313, 13 March 2009 - 08:22 PM.