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#1 Panta

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 08:00 AM

Hi guys,
I have an Acer notebook running Vista SP1 (can't upgrade to SP2 or Win 7, but that's a different problem I suppose).
Whenever I play a video file, I have problems with explorer. First the player freezes, after a random time which could be 2 or 30 minutes. I have the same problem with any player (I've tried Divx Player, VLC and of course Media Player) and any .avi or .mpg video (not with .wmv), so I don't think it's the codecs. I've downloaded a supposedly complete pack of them anyway, and nothing changed. After closing the player, I can't get it (or any other player) to play anything again; and I can't perform any operation involving the shell, like emptying the bin, renaming files etc. I can't restart the computer and I can only switch off by using the power button; any request to close the session ends up in the computer showing the "shutting down" screen indefinitely.
So, I can't basically play any video from start to finish and I'd need to switch off and on like 10 times if I decided to watch a whole movie. This is extremely annoying...
Any help please?
Cheers,
Fred

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