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cg9com
10-21-2002, 06:09 AM
I cannot get this thing to work.
I tried playing a movie trailor and its not smooth at all, it skips frames.
Its not the trailor because i watched it at a friends house first.
I am using Windows Media Player Version:7.10.00.3068
the sound is fine, the video is horrible and i cant figure out why!
it worked when i had an older version, could that maybe be the problem?
does anyone have ideas as to why this may be happening?

Roy Sinclair
10-21-2002, 06:02 PM
Possible problems:

Slow video card/driver (check for newer video driver)

Slow computer (not enough memory or too many "background" tasks usung up the memory, older computer with slower cpu can also cause this).

Slow download ( if the trailer has to download as you view it, this may cause it to skip).

cg9com
10-21-2002, 08:35 PM
yes this is what i figured someone would say.
it worked fine before i upgraded the player tho.

either way there is a new PC coming my way very soon :)
i almost have enough money saved *giddy*

thanks for the help

Roy Sinclair
10-21-2002, 10:24 PM
Originally posted by cg9com
yes this is what i figured someone would say.
it worked fine before i upgraded the player tho.

either way there is a new PC coming my way very soon :)
i almost have enough money saved *giddy*

thanks for the help

Ah, code bloat. You probably do have too little memory for the huge new application.

cg9com
10-21-2002, 10:30 PM
yea your probably right, Roy.
maybe ill use an older version for now

Revelle
10-22-2002, 05:09 PM
check out i.e. www.download.com.com for some media players if all else fails for now?

cg9com
10-22-2002, 06:49 PM
Well Revelle,
i tried downloading a few diff. players, and i have the same problems no matter what i get.
its frustrating

Revelle
10-22-2002, 07:29 PM
Then that actually sucks. Um.. good luck finding one or keep to the older version. Mind you, Winamp plays some types of video files. However, I am not suggesting this product due to other program conflicts (conflicting dll files), some videos not playing at all, others being played upside down .. yadda yadda

:)

I'm sure it has been done and no one has found it.. or perhaps it hasn't yet. But we need a small universal media player to play all our favourite media types - music, video etc... even if the 'look' sucks.

Roy Sinclair
10-22-2002, 07:41 PM
The problem may actually be the Codec(s) instead. If the problem appears across multiple players you have to look at what they might have in common. You may find that backing off to the old player won't help because the newer Codec(s) that installed with the newer player remain behind.

cg9com
10-22-2002, 08:27 PM
yea codecs, thats where everything went screwy, i dont understand any of that stuff and i havnt found a very good web page to help me.

what can i do ?

Roy Sinclair
10-22-2002, 10:04 PM
A Codec is the Coder/Decoder for a given type of multimedia data which in the case of a player is used to decode the datastream into audio, video or both. When Media Player detects a new type of data which it doesn't have a Codec for it will try to connect to a MS site where new Codecs are stored and download that Codec.

In your particular case it sounds like this particular video required a new Codec and that Codec is unable to keep up with the data stream for that video.

The questions that come up are whether other videos which previously worked ok on your machine are also now having problems? Have you made sure you're playing the video back at the size it's coded? It takes more CPU to alter the video size as it plays.

cg9com
10-23-2002, 01:34 AM
All the files are playing the same, i guess its the codec.
i made the movie play smaller, its a little better, but not as good as it was before.

In your particular case it sounds like this particular video required a new Codec and that Codec is unable to keep up with the data stream for that video.

do i need better codecs?



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