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Poor video playback from a video file but not DVD


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#1 jaross

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 10:30 PM

I have an ancient system I use as a media computer.  Its an FX-55 box I put together around 2006.  DVDs play fine.  Netflix streams fine, although Chrome itself runs a bit slow.  But if I play a video file (AVI, MP4, so on) it skips frames and although friends say it is fine, it annoys the hell out of me!  

 

My motherboard is:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136160

two one-gig sticks of my RAM are:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220045

And two one-gig sticks of my RAM are:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820159022

My video card is:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187209

 

I am running windows 7 pro 64.  Windows tells me 4 Gigs of RAM are installed but only 2.75 are usable.  I don't care much about the RAM, I just want video files to play smoothly.  If getting all 4 gigs of RAM to be 'usable' then so be it.  

 

 



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#2 TsVk!

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 11:56 PM

What are you using to play the file?

 

Maybe if you tried something like VLC Player the problem would go away.



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Posted 05 June 2014 - 12:19 AM

I use VLC for video files and DVDs



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Posted 05 June 2014 - 12:24 AM

Is this new?

 

You know that the image with copied movies will often appear to be skipping frames compared to DVD's. Something has to be lost in the compression to make them so small, and a reduced frame rate is pretty standard.

 

edit: I came across this vid, it may help.


Edited by TsVk!, 05 June 2014 - 12:30 AM.


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Posted 05 June 2014 - 12:30 AM

I don't remember this happening when the computer was new.  And if I rewind to the same spot, it will be just fine when played again, telling me its not the file, its something in the system, right?



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Posted 05 June 2014 - 01:18 AM

Sounds like a system setting/problem to me too.

 

Did you try that fix above?



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Posted 05 June 2014 - 01:55 AM

TsVk!'s fix probably would work as the FX-55 machine probably has a video card in it that doesn't support half the stuff in today's video codec compression's with HD264.



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Posted 05 June 2014 - 02:08 AM

TsVk!'s fix probably would work as the FX-55 machine probably has a video card in it that doesn't support half the stuff in today's video codec compression's with HD264.

Its a new one, but a cheap one.  This is the third video card in this machine actually, the other two have died over the years...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187209

 

 

I will check out the fix in that video tomorrow and report back


Edited by jaross, 05 June 2014 - 02:09 AM.


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Posted 06 June 2014 - 02:52 AM

Okay, that seemed to fix it, thanks



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Posted 06 June 2014 - 03:03 AM

That's good. I'm glad you're sorted. :thumbup2:



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Posted 06 June 2014 - 08:39 AM

Are you sure you're running the 64 bit version of Windows 7?  Losing 1.25GB seems a bit much, even if you were using 1GB for the video card.






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