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Problems with all types of Media Players

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by TFBillC, Feb 10, 2005.

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  1. TFBillC

    TFBillC Thread Starter

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    I just recently did a clean install of a new hard drive after SOMETHING happened to my other one (it may have been hardware or trojans or something else, I got the S.M.A.R.T. thing on the prompt when I booted up saying that it was BAD, Backup and Replace) so I got my media files and whatnot onto this one, downloaded Winamp and it worked fine for a while.

    But now, WinAmp and every other media player I have stops pretty frequently, and won't start back up again. This isn't just limited to audio, as I have trouble playing movies, and any program that uses sound, really, is effected by this, including games with audio/visual files, like The Sims 2, for instance.

    I don't think it could be my RAM, since I have 512 which should be fine, but it could possibly be a hardware problem (I'm looking at you, fan.) But I want to know if this is a common thing that happens and if there's an equally common solution.

    Thanks for your help, anyone!
     
  2. vixenk

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    Do you get any error messages when you try to start the program back up? Does the sound just stop, or does the program freeze, or does the program just close out? Need specifics...
     
  3. TFBillC

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    I'm sorry I wasn't specific enough. The media playing program itself freezes, but other programs, like Internet Explorer, that may be running at the same time are fine. If Winamp is running in the background, for example, the music will just stop. There is no indication that the stop button has been pushed, and in fact the visualisation bar itself stops, whereas if the file had stopped playing, the visualisation would disappear. The music starts back up after times usually averaging 20-30 seconds. I have tried closing the program when this happens, and after that time period, a short burst of the sound will play even though the program is closed.

    Trying to think of anything else relevant...

    Here's a HiJack This! log in case any of this is relevant. I usually don't post on forums like these for help, as I can usually figure these things out on my own, but my computer has been ESPECIALLY jerky recently and I could use some advanced help!

    Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
    Scan saved at 11:54:22 PM, on 2/10/2005
    Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

    Running processes:
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\msvcrss.exe
    C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_01\bin\jusched.exe
    C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
    C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
    C:\Program Files\D-Tools\daemon.exe
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exe
    C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
    C:\Program Files\BigFix\BigFix.exe
    C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgmain.exe
    C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\acsd.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
    C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
    C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgbhp.exe
    C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasDtServ.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\taskmgr.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\wanmpsvc.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\SymWSC.exe
    C:\Program Files\aim\aim.exe
    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    C:\Documents and Settings\Bill Carns\Desktop\Downloads\HijackThis.exe

    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.yahoo.com/
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.yahoo.com/
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.emachines.com
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,Shellnext = http://www.emachines.com/
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {243B17DE-77C7-46BF-B94B-0B5F309A0E64} - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Money\System\mnyside.dll
    O2 - BHO: SpywareGuard Download Protection - {4A368E80-174F-4872-96B5-0B27DDD11DB2} - C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\dlprotect.dll
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDHelper.dll
    O2 - BHO: NAV Helper - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872} - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {FDD3B846-8D59-4ffb-8758-209B6AD74ACC} - (no file)
    O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Microsoft Intrenet Explorer] msvcrss.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Symantec NetDriver Monitor] C:\PROGRA~1\SYMNET~1\SNDMon.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_01\bin\jusched.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WinampAgent] C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DAEMON Tools-1033] "C:\Program Files\D-Tools\daemon.exe" -lang 1033
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [gcasServ] "C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\system32\\NeroCheck.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SSC_UserPrompt] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\UsrPrmpt.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [Microsoft Intrenet Explorer] msvcrss.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [AIM] C:\Program Files\aim\aim.exe -cnetwait.odl
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Microsoft Works Update Detection] c:\Program Files\Microsoft Works\WkDetect.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [WMC_RebootCheck] C:\WINDOWS\inf\unregmp2.exe /FixUps
    O4 - Startup: SpywareGuard.lnk = C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgmain.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma Loader.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: BigFix.lnk = C:\Program Files\BigFix\BigFix.exe
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra button: ICQ (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: ICQ (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra button: AIM (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra button: Real.com (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra button: MoneySide (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra button: Messenger (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger (HKLM)
    O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
    O14 - IERESET.INF: START_PAGE_URL=http://www.emachines.com
    O16 - DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool) - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=36467&clcid=0x409
    O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
     
  4. vixenk

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    Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling Winamp? What vs of Winamp are you using? If you're using 5.x, do you use the classic skin or the modern skin?
     
  5. TFBillC

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    V5.08 (which I believe is the latest,) I'm using the modern skin, I'll uninstall and reinstall and see if that does anything.
     
  6. TFBillC

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    Ok, did that. Things seemed to be working fine... for about a minute, then they continued. This effects every kind of media player I have. Windows Media, Quicktime... whatever, and like I mentioned earlier, even certain games like Sims 2 that use audio/visual files. I've never had any issues before with memory or anything. I'll post my specs if that helps too.

    System:
    Microsoft Windows XP
    Home Edition
    Version 2002

    eMachines
    T2885
    Intel(R)
    Celeron(R) CPU 2.80GHz
    2.80 GHz, 504 MB of RAM
     
  7. vixenk

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    Hmmm... what kind of vid card are you using?
     
  8. TFBillC

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    GeForce 2
     
  9. vixenk

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    Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers for your vid card?
     
  10. vixenk

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    also when was the last time you updated the drivers for your vid card?

    It might also help to get rid of any unneccessary processes you have booting up with Windows automatically....
     
  11. TFBillC

    TFBillC Thread Starter

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    That could be the problem, since I had to do a clean install on this hard drive and have just been kinda using it since then. Good call, I'll try that.
     
  12. TFBillC

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    I did have to update my drivers, but the problem remained. Then I tried dling some codec updates, but still nothing. This is really fun...
     
  13. vixenk

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    So the problem was occuring before you updated your drivers? Has it been happening ever since you did the clean install of Windows?
     
  14. TFBillC

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    Yeah, there wasn't really a problem before (actually there was, but it was different)

    Before I did the install, my files would play veeeeerry sloooowly, but they wouldn't actually just stop. Since I did the clean install, they have just been stopping over and over and driving me absolutely nucking futs.
     
  15. vixenk

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    What kind of power supply do you have?
     
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