except in a couple of scenarios. It will play videos that are embedded in banner ads, or played from within a game. (Battlefield 2's intro video plays fine)
I've also managed to get the stand alone Quicktime player to play videos by changing the preferences to "Safe Mode (GDI only)". But .mov clips in website embedded Quicktime players will not work.
The whole system completely locks up when playing videos of any format (.mpg, .avi, .mov, .wmv) in Windows Media
Player (WMP), Quicktime or DIVX. WMP can play audio files, but video is a
If the file is smal enough, and I catch it in time, i can use task manager to kill the process using 99% of CPU resources, which is usually IE or WMP. Otherwise I have to do a hard boot.
I've done the following:
Reinstalled direct x 9c,
Installed Updated Nvidia drivers
Reinstalled up to date versions of all media players
Scanned for viruses, adware and spyware.
Installed Windows Media Encoder
As a last resort, I'm considering a Windows XP reinstall. Just
wondering if anyone thinks this is worth a try, or am I on the wrong track?
I'm close to abandoning all hope, renouncing all material goods, and joining
a commune. Ok, it's not that bad, but close!
I suspect that I may have clicked on a link to a .wmv file with some
malicious code, but I have nothing to back that up.
Thanks to anyone who can help.
P4 2.4 ghz
1.5 gb DDR333 RAM
Asus P4SDX Mobo
Win XP (all updates)
GeForce 6600GT 128mb RAM (latest drivers)