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ok, here's what's been going on lately. any type of video playback is toast on my system. nothing works if it's

video: DVDs, .avi, .asf, .mpg, etc. .rm and .ram files seem to be spotty (plays one frame per ~4 or ~5 seconds,

skips to the next frame, repeat). .mov files work perfectly too, no skips/problems with playback.

audio still works on any of these though!

system specs: amd 2600+, ati 9550, sb audigy, xp sp2

symptoms: opening a video file will allow audio playback but no video (it will show the first frame and freeze).

after clicking exit on windows media player (or ending the process in task manager), the system locks up and i

have to do a hard shutdown and restart.

what i've done so far:
1. uninstalled/updated/reinstalled drivers for video card
2. uninstalled/updated/reinstalled drivers for audio card
3. upgraded to windows media player 10
4. tried using a different media player (BSplayer)
5. uninstalled/reinstalled video codecs. also ran sherlock to see if there were any broken codecs...nope!
6. virus scan using symantec corporate
7. trojan/spyware scan using spybot S&D, ad-aware SE, ewido security suite 3.5
8. cleaned registry using registry mechanic 5.0
9. ran dxdiag -- checks out
10. checked out the BIOS settings (8x, 256mb) -- everything seemed as they should
11. checked the app event logs -- nothing unexpected

i'm sure i've done a couple more things that i've forgotten...so anyone care to help? thanks!

Edited by papashango, 06 August 2005 - 01:22 AM.

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anyone?
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quick update...did some more research and did a couple more things:

1. uninstalled all video codecs
2. used GSpot to figure out which video codecs are needed for video files
3. installed specific codecs
4. started the Network DDE and Network DDE DSDM services (dependent on each other)

now i can open the video, hear sound, but still no video. however, my system no longer freezes. so that's good!
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Sounds like you're handling the troubleshooting ok by yourself! :tazz:

What happens if you play the videos with mplayer2?

Still no video?

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well, sounds like i lied. starting up the network DDE service does NOT do anything. i just crashed...AGAIN! i'm stumped once again! i'll try mplayer2 tonight after work. got any links? if not, that's ok...

Edited by papashango, 08 August 2005 - 07:47 AM.

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another update...booting in safe mode allows me to watch any video! nuts!!!! what's going on???
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Maybe you should uninstall ALL of your meda players from your computer. Completely.
And then clean up your registry and remove all kind of files you don't need anymore.
An excellent program to do this is RegCleaner.
And after that you install only one media player (which one you want) and then try again.
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i'll check it out. right now i use registry mechanic 5.0...
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Maybe you should uninstall ALL of your meda players from your computer. Completely.
And then clean up your registry and remove all kind of files you don't need anymore.
An excellent program to do this is RegCleaner.
And after that you install only one media player (which one you want) and then try again.

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finally! i got it to work!!!!

here's what i did today (after having done all the other stuff):

1. stripped video codecs to minimums (again). here's a list of the codecs i have as they appear in my video codecs properties:
- Cinepak ™
- Indeo ™ R3.2
- Indeo® Video YUV Codec
- Indeo® Video 4.5
- Indeo® video 5.10
- Microsoft H.261
- Microsoft H.263
- Microsoft YVYU Video Decompressor
- RLE
- Toshiba Video Codec
- Video 1
2. Ran Registry Mechanic 5.0 to clean up the registry
3. Went to: Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs -> Windows Media Connect -> Change/Remove -> Next -> Repair
4. Restarted the computer

I'm not sure in what combination I needed to do this, but these are all the things that I've done (maybe not in that particular order, but you know, the map's there, just need to figure out how to get to your destination)

thanks for everyone's inputs!
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