Choppy, Freezing video
Posted 16 December 2005 - 11:09 PM
Posted 16 December 2005 - 11:38 PM
How does the machine seem to run? Have you tried to play a DVD? Check the temps during a movie or, ideally, right when a problem occurs...if one occurs.
Posted 16 December 2005 - 11:48 PM
Posted 17 December 2005 - 09:31 AM
Play a DVD and while it's playing, bring up Task Manager. (Ctrl + Alt + Delete)
Click on the "Processes" tab. Now look in the list for something related to DVD or the player you are using. When you find it, right click on it, point to "Set Priority", and select "AboveNormal".
Does this help the choppy play?
Did the temperature ever go higher than the 46*C that you posted earlier? If not, then we've got the temperature about where we want it...
Posted 17 December 2005 - 11:26 AM
The guy who had been helping me when I first posted thought it was a problem with the memory too. He had written that my cd-rom has reverted to PIO mode instead of DMA and I needed to get the drive back in DMA mode. But I don't know how to do that.
Posted 18 December 2005 - 09:23 PM
To get my drives i followed these steps
Rigth click on My Computer
Hardware, Device Manager
Expand IDE Controler
Right Click Secondary IDE Channel
Uninstall (this will uninstall your drive, dont panic it will reinstall on startup)
Reboot your system
The drives will reinstall by themselves once u are using XP
go back to my computer
Rightclick and go back to the Secondary IDE Channel
Change the Transfer Mode of both Device 0 and Device 1 to "DMA if available"
Click OK and close out
Restart your system
check the settings you just made
if your current transfere mode is "Ultra DMA Mode 2" you are good to
PLEASE NOTE YOU MUST UNINSTALL FIRST OR IT WILL NOT WORK!
Posted 21 December 2005 - 07:08 PM
Posted 06 February 2006 - 09:15 AM
Posted 09 February 2006 - 10:59 PM
Initially I thought perhaps my computer was just full of stuff (though admittedly I should've known that wasn't the case with 30Gigs (only 14 of which being used) of hard drive space and 512MBs of RAM), but even after cleaning up my computer the video playback won't work. I haven't watched any DVDs on the computer for some time, but I do recall them skipping as well.
EDIT: Oh! And my Secondary IDE Channel reads exactly the same as Sarah's did when whomever asked her to check the settings.
Edited by Discloner, 09 February 2006 - 11:01 PM.
Posted 10 February 2006 - 08:13 AM
Posted 10 February 2006 - 08:35 AM
No not that I'm aware of. I generally worry about the laptop overheating, so I keep the fan and vent clear of any obstuction. Sometimes I'll even prop the back end up with something to help get some more cooler air through. Occassionally the fan turns itself up, but I suppose that's to expected; especially when the computer is thinking extra hard.
Wow - that was really interesting to read - we have the exact same issues. Do you have any problems with overheating as well?
Posted 25 April 2007 - 11:56 AM
I've been having pretty much the exact same problems you've been experiencing with my Dell 1100 Inspiron notebook. However, the "fix" listed by protrak isn't one. I've run through those steps, and, provided that it was caused simply by scratchy DVDs degrading your IDE setting, it should have fixed it. In my case, it didn't. No effect whatsoever. If you want to give it a shot, go ahead. But it didn't work for me.
Also, I've seen it mentioned that Ultra DMA Mode 5 (or something of that nature) isn't a valid setting for the Secondary IDE setting, but following an uninstall and reinstall of the driver, it just went automatically to that setting again.
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