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Windows Media Center Glitching?


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#1 golfdude

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 08:28 AM

Need some help:

I have a lot of movies on removable HD's and have always used WMC to watch the movies. Yesterday when one of the kids started WMC to watch a movie the program was glitching as it started up. This behavior continued when he selected and started the movie. We eventually abandoned WMC and had to use WMP to get the movie to play. I would rather use WMC since it works better with the remote control when surfing the movie library.

As far as I know I haven't made any changes to the pc since the last time WMC worked properly. I have run scans with MBAM and SAS and they are clean. RAM usage isn't running out of line (35-38%) and OS is up to date. I am at a loss as to why this started happening.

If anyone has suggestions on how I might fix this please let me know. If you need any additional information let me know.

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 01:47 PM

Windows Media Center usually runs an automatic update at least once a day, at least mine does anyways.

Try doing a manual update through Media Center.

Have you defraged your hard drive recently? If not I would do a defrag as soon as you can.

Try running windows disk clean up, the one available by right clicking driveC: properties and clicking the disk cleanup tab.

If those solutions do not correct the problem, please post back and other solutions will be offered.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 09:37 AM

MrBruce1959,

Thanks for the reply.

Windows Media Center usually runs an automatic update at least once a day, at least mine does anyways. Try doing a manual update through Media Center.


My WMC is set to update daily at 12:00 am- which it does do. I did go ahead and run a manual update- and the problem still exist.

Have you defraged your hard drive recently? If not I would do a defrag as soon as you can.


I have my pc setup to run a defrag once a week, which it does do. However, I did run a defrag on all of my HD's and the problem still exist.

I didn't run the disc cleanup because I ran one a few weeks ago. I try to run this about once a month.

However, I decided to check and see if my system was running hot and ran both PC Wizard and Speedfan and this is what came up:

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Although I have not been professionally trained to decipher these test, it appears to me that my graphics card is going super nova! What do you think?

I shut my pc down for an hour (I do shut it off at night) and put a small fan blowing on the case. I restarted the pc, turned on my external 5 TB's HD's, and started WMC. After allowing WMC to recognize and display all of the movies on the HD's I picked a movie at random and played it. No more glitches. It played fine. Yea.

Now I need to go shopping and get a new graphics card and an additional case fan (or come up with a fan to mount on the entertainment cabinet). I have had some concerns that I needed to increase the airflow going through the entertainment cabinet. Between the STB, AV receiver, PC, and external HD's- there is a lot of heat being generated.

Any thoughts on graphics cards? The one I have (that is melting) is a NVidea 8400 GS with 512 mb ram (PCI Express). My monitor is a Vizio 50" 1080P and is attached via HMDI. I don't do any gaming- just watch movies.

If you have any thoughts let me know.

Edited by golfdude, 09 July 2010 - 09:40 AM.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 02:15 PM

Well I seen your temperature for your video card and can understand now why you're having issues with the video.

Purchasing a new video card is a matter of preference and how much you are willing to spend on a new one.

For what it is worth, I have a GeForce 6200 AGP card with 256 Mb of memory.
My video card did not come with a cooling fan attached to the heat sink.
Being that I have tons of spare computer parts laying around, I decided to alter the fins on my video card slightly, to accommodate the four mounting screws and a Pentium processor cooling fan.
Doing so brought my video cards core temperature down 30 degrees!
I posted this information because I think it seriously does help keeping things cooler inside my computer, even if Nvidia did not already include such a fan on their GeForce 6200.

If your happy with your present video card, it may still be salvageable, try adding a replacement cooling fan to it and see if it does not give you more years of continued use.

At the most, the fan will cost you less than a whole new video card would cost you.

Keep us informed.

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 08:38 AM

Thanks MrBruce1959,

When I bought this computer it had a 7350 LE NVidia 256 MB graphics card installed- which did have a fan mounted on it. However, it did not have a HMDI video out so I upgraded to the 8400 GS. A few months ago I noticed a strange noise that occurred during startup that I traced to the fan on the video card. It would go away after a few minutes so I wasn't to concerned. It wasn't until the other day while replying to you I discovered the fan on the video card wasn't making any noise. I am guessing the fan is no longer working.

I think I will post a thread in the hardware forum to get some suggestions on a good video card for the money. I plan on staying under $100.00 and my main concern is that it will work great for movies and my large display- since that is the main use of this pc.

Thanks again for the help.

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 10:39 AM

You're welcome.

I'd make a suggestion here, but if your opening a new topic in hardware, then I'll post suggestions to your topic there instead of here.

Kind regards.

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 11:32 AM

I just want to add something

Under heavy load (like when playing 3D games) GeForce cards are normal under 100-110 Celsius.

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 01:00 PM

Coxchris,

Thanks for the info. I don't do any gaming- just watch movies and surf with this pc. However, I am pretty sure this is way to hot!!!!

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