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Computer crashes when I try to watch videos.

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  1. Hellsscope

    Hellsscope Thread Starter

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    My computer crashes if I try to watch a video in ANYTHING but VLC media player, videos online and such work but if I try to open a video in any media player besides VLC I get BSOD.

    Specs:

    Win XP SP 3
    HD 4650 AGP 1g VRAM
    Pentium 4 2.8ghz w/HT
    2g RAM
     
  2. BenTechMac

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    Do you mean a DVD when you say video? or a file you have downloaded to watch?

    VLC will play most files because it is packed with Codecs, which are needed to display correctly video from a downloaded file or a DVD.
    Windows media player doesn't necessarily come packed with all those that are needed...

    However, it is unusual for it to cause a BSOD.

    Have you been to Windows Update recently? Do a full scan, and install any updates including driver updates.
    See if that helps.
     
  3. Hellsscope

    Hellsscope Thread Starter

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    Fully updated windows/drivers, I have codecs and everything, and yes downloaded videos from youtube or game-trailers or straight up DVD's will crash the computer unless ran from VLC.
     
  4. BenTechMac

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    If you haven't already update the sound and video drivers from the manufacturers website. (not just leaving it to the ones on Windows update)

    If you have done this already, does it do it in a different user account on your computer?

    http://zachd.com/pss/pss.html

    thats a good read for these sorts of issues! :)
     
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