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Quicktime Large Video

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by kevgp, Jan 27, 2003.

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  1. kevgp

    kevgp Thread Starter

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    OK, I have Quicktime 6.0.2 and it plays streaming and regular video fine. EXCEPT when I try to play Large Video downloads (640x360). Then the video stalls during playback. I usually wait until the video completely downloads before watching, but that doesn't change anything. I have also tried closing just about all other programs (except background stuff like ZoneAlarm and Norton AntiVirus) but still the video stutters. The sound plays fine, and when I reduce to a medium download, the video is smooth as silk! What gives??

    A few statistics on my computer:
    PII 350Mhz
    384Mb RAM
    40Gb hard drive
    Win98 SE

    Startup programs:
    Iomega Startup Options Startup Group "C:\Program Files\Iomega\Tools\IMGSTART.exe"
    Zip Disk Icons Startup Group "C:\Program Files\Iomega\Tools\IMGICON.exe"
    ZoneAlarm Pro Common Startup Group "C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zapro.exe" -nopopup
    ATI Launchpad Registry (Per-User Run)
    ScanRegistry Registry (Machine Run) C:\WINDOWS\scanregw.exe /autorun
    TaskMonitor Registry (Machine Run) C:\WINDOWS\taskmon.exe
    SystemTray Registry (Machine Run) SysTray.Exe
    Adaptec DirectCD Registry (Machine Run) C:\PROGRA~1\ADAPTEC\DIRECTCD\DIRECTCD.EXE
    PLXSTART Registry (Machine Run) C:\PROGRA~1\PLEXTO~1\PLXSTART.EXE
    PLXTASK Registry (Machine Run) C:\PROGRA~1\PLEXTO~1\PLXTASK.EXE
    EnsoniqMixer Registry (Machine Run) starter.exe
    LoadPowerProfile Registry (Machine Run) Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme
    POINTER Registry (Machine Run) point32.exe
    HydarVisionDesktopManager Registry (Machine Run) desk98.exe
    NAV Agent Registry (Machine Run) C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\NAVAPW32.EXE
    QuickTime Task Registry (Machine Run) "C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\QTTASK.EXE" -atboottime
    LoadPowerProfile Registry (Machine Service) Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme
    SchedulingAgent Registry (Machine Service) mstask.exe
    ScriptBlocking Registry (Machine Service) "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Script Blocking\SBServ.exe" -reg
    TrueVector Registry (Machine Service) C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ZONELABS\VSMON.EXE -service
    ATISmart Registry (Machine Service) C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ati2s9ag.exe

    Any thoughts :confused:
     
  2. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Hiya

    Lets have a look....

    Iomega Startup Options: Used by Iomega drives. Details of its purpose can be found here. Available via Start -> Programs. Not needed:

    http://pw2.netcom.com/~deepone/zipjaz/ioware.html#startup

    Zip Disk Icons: Creates a Zip Drive icon on the system tray. Not needed.

    ZoneAlarm Pro: Firewall program from Zonelabs - paid for version. Keep

    ATI Launchpad: Convenient way to start all your Multimedia Center applications (DVD, Video CD, CD Audio, File Player). You can right-click LaunchPad, and uncheck Load on Startup in the menu. Not sure.

    ScanRegistry: Keep

    TaskMonitor: The Task Monitor checks the disk-access patterns of programs when they are started and stores this information in log files in the Applog folder. Task Monitor also records the number of times you use a program. The Disk Defragmenter tool uses this information to optimize your hard disk so that programs that you use frequently are loaded faster. Not required - but can be useful. Note: for Norton Anti-Virus 2002 users, loading TaskMonitor will typically solve many, if not most, of those annoying IE scripting errors (per Symantec's Knowledgebase)


    SystemTray: Keep

    Adaptec DirectCD: DirectCD primarily allows you to drag and drop files onto a suitably formatted CD-RW disc. Unless you use this on a frequent basis it isn't required and is available via Start -> Programs. Start the program before inserting a DirectCD formatted CD-RW in the drive. A re-boot is recommended if you close Adaptec DirectCD before re-opening it again later. Not needed.

    PLXSTART: Sets the spindown timeout and access speeds at startup and displays the "Plextor Manager 2000" splash screen for Plextor CD-RW. Not sure

    PLXTASK: Taskbar utility for a "control panel" for a Plextor CD-RW. Has MVP 2000 (audio CD player), DiscDupe 2000 (self explanatory CD copying program) and AudioCapture 2000 (rips audio CDs into MP3 or WAV files). Not needed.

    EnsoniqMixer: Puts the Ensoniq mixer in system tray. From Ensoniq Technologies "Our mixer is a critical part of the soundcard as it fixes sound problems and replaces the MS mixer which can no longer be used". If you find you don't need it - try one of the solutions on this special page

    http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_pages/starter_exe.htm

    LoadPowerProfile: keep

    SchedulingAgent: MS Scheduling Agent displayed as a box with a stopwatch in the System Tray that is only needed if you have regular scheduled disk defragmenting, ScanDisk, etc. Required if you have regularily scheduled events such as weekly virus scans

    ScriptBlocking: Update to Norton AntiVirus 2001. Detects certain types of script-based viruses without the need for specific virus definitions - such as JavaScript and VBScript. This will help protect you from these viruses even before virus definitions are available. Note - some users complain of problems once the update is installed - refer here for more information. Keep

    http://www.symantec.com/search/

    TrueVector: Even if you don't have ZoneAlarm or ZoneAlarm Pro run at start-up you do need this. Keep

    ATISmart: ATI's "SMARTGART", which is included with the "Catalyst" drivers. When the system boots, it runs a couple of bus tests & tries to apply the most stable settings. Not sure


    Go to Run and type MSCONFIG, startup tab. Uncheck the ones you don't want, apply and restart.

    As you say these are large files, have you cleaned up your pc lately?

    Go to Tools | Internet Options. General tab. Under Delete Files, delete offline content

    Also, have you defragged lately?

    Regards

    eddie
     
  3. kevgp

    kevgp Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the advice on my background programs. I've closed some of them in the past, like the Iomega programs, but I didn't gain much in terms of system resources percentage in the past. I'll try that again and the others you suggested.

    I delete offline material constantly. The Win defragger states I haven't defragmented my hard drive in 198 days, but I have used Fix-It Utilities defragmenter since that time. I can't remember how long it's been. I'll give that a try too.

    So, you think a large quicktime file should work without problem? I can download a medium size and it will work fine (even if I enlarge it). Seems weird to me!
     
  4. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    I can watch large films, but don't watch anything on Quicktime, as I don't like it. I can get them to play on Windows Media Player, just :)

    Are you on Dialup? If so, you could stop the connection, disable the antivirus, and see if the film freezes. But, to be extra safe, scan the file before playing. Viruses can still be inside media files.

    eddie
     
  5. kokain5

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    I had the same problem with some of the media i downloaded (mostly music videos and such). I found that as i watched it the video started lagging a bit and that threw off the audio, making the video basically look like crap. My solution to this was to use Windows Media Player, that seemed to clear things right up and it didnt look like i was watching a badly dubbed jackie chan flick:rolleyes:

    Also, something u might want to look out for is recently my computer began to lag quite a bit and i found out that the main reason was because QuickTime ran a program QuickTime Task (QTTASK.exe) at start-up(which i can see u have too), and that program just ran in the background all the time and it was sucking alotta juice out of my memory, often times either giving me annoying blue screen errors or fatal errors in Explorer that made me have to reboot.
    What i did this time was just went to Start->Settings->Control Panels->Add/Remove Programs and removed Quicktime. Then i opened up Windows Media Player and set it as a default for pretty much everything and things r runnin alot smoother now. However, do whatever u want, im just making a recommendation :)
     
  6. kevgp

    kevgp Thread Starter

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    So, both of your solutions are to get rid of Quicktime. Wow! Never thought I'd see the day where Microsoft was preferred over Apple with regards to video & audio - basically anything graphic-intensive :(

    Well, I don't have any real love for QT, especially since they started including that wretched task monitor, but it seems so many movie trailers (which are about the only video I watch online) are in QT format. I've always thought that was for the better, but I just got Media Player 7.1, and it does render video better than I've seen on MP before. I'll still keep QT since the only problems it gives me are on large files (medium plays without any hiccups whatsoever). kokain5, have you found a way to keep task monitor from coming back? It seems QT reinstates it on my startup from time to time. I guess the solution would be to remove QT. Yeah. :rolleyes: :D

    Thanks for the help both of you! To answer your question eddie5659, I use cable broadband access. But do you think closing the antivirus would help there too? I'll check that (after scannign the file of course).
     
  7. kokain5

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    no problem kev, my pleasure :D and oh ya, i tried just about everything BUT removing QT to get QTTASK to stop running on startup but no dice, only solution i came up with was to get rid of QT all together:rolleyes: sry
     
  8. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Just looked at that first reply, and there's some missing from the list :(

    POINTER: Microsoft Intellipoint software for their Intellimouse series of mice - required if you use non-standard Windows driver features. Not sure.

    HydarVisionDesktopManager: Looks like its associated with your ATI card.

    NAV Agent: Introduced with Norton Anti-Virus 2002 to replace Norton Auto-Protect and Norton eMail Protect. Leaving "Auto-Protect", "E-mail Scanning" and "Script Blocking" enabled doesn't seem to slow the system down. Keep

    QuickTime Task: System Tray access to Apple's "Quick Time" viewer from version 5 onwards. Not needed.



    Remove as before.


    It could be a cause to the freezing, but if you're online all the time, try this:

    Tools | Internet Options. Advanced tab. Under Security, tick Empty Tempory Internet..

    Apply and OK.

    That way, when you close the last browser down, your Temp files will be emptied, which could be another cause.

    eddie
     
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