On the old configuration machine - a 1.2ghz Celeron with about 900MB of Ram and a 64 MB 4x AGP ATI Radeon 7500 - if I was playing video and also doing other stuff (namely playing Pool via Yahoo Messenger) the video would lag and be out of synch with the audio. I dealt with it as long as I could until I decided to upgrade
So I upgraded to a P4 3.0 gHz with HT (and a new mobo) with 1GB of RAM. As I am not a gamer, I did not upgrade the vid card - figured I didn't need to, the processor would take care of my needs.
So now I have this strange delimma which is impeding on my pool playing and pissing me off. here's the deal:
When I am playing video - DVD video from the DVD drive or just an AVI file off the hard drive - in either PowerDVD or WMP10 - and I am playing pool over Yahoo, everything will run fine (as in the video and audio are in synch) but at some random point the whole machine will freeze. No response to the mouse, no Taskmanager, nothing. The audio from the video will play in a loop from the second where it froze. I don't get BSOD and there's nothing indicated in Event Viewer about this problem.
I have to hard reboot to get out of this.
I've gotten all the latest video drivers. I have the latest Sun JVM. Have also tried it with the MS JVM. I have the latest Yahoo Messenger. I updated my copy of PowerDVD5 (OEM) and WMP is the latest as well.
I've checked the mobo and processor heat, and there is no spike or change when this freeze happens. It's constantly a little on the hot side at like 111-114 degrees F - but it runs without freezing day in and day out with other applications.
So what's the deal? Any ideas? Seems that the problem lies between video rendering and the use of Java. I have also experienced the problem now when playing Java games in IE (security settings = medium)
Could be that I need a new vid card with more video RAM and AGP 8x. Unfortunately I am tied to ATI due to my awesome ATI Remote Wonder that I use all the time with this machine. And a 128MB AGP8x ATI card is not in my budget. Not for playing pool, at least.
I've attached a small PDF of my device resources list. I am not familiar with resources so if there is a conflict I cannot tell.
Any help would be appreciated!