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strange video problem

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by jjurabong, Dec 8, 2003.

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  1. jjurabong

    jjurabong Thread Starter

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    Hello there,
    I've searched the forum and cannot find my exact problem. I would dearly love some help! Whenever I try to play video with any player (real, windows media) the clip loads and starts and then the player screen goes blank. If I minimize the screen and then enlarge it again, the image will register for a second or two. I've tried removing and reinstalling the programs. Any ideas for a way to fix this?
    Lots of appreciation for the help::cool:
    Thanks
     
  2. Rache

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    Hi and welcome.

    Can you give us your pc spec. I'd suspect a dodgy graphics card driver, but if not and with a few tweeks we should get you up and running.
     
  3. jjurabong

    jjurabong Thread Starter

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    Hi Rache,
    Thanks for the quick reply. I'm not sure which specs you need but I'll give it a shot ( I know nothing, as you can see:)
    Award Modular Bios v4.51pg
    Motherboard model i440BX-W977TF/Chipset Intel 440BX/DX/ZX
    Pentium 2
    VIdeo Codec: VDO wave v0.01 Driver: VDOWAV.DRV

    I'm sorry if this isn't what you need. Please let me know if you need any other specs.

    Thanks again.
     
  4. gotrootdude

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    If you have dual monitor or TV out, make sure the monitor you're useing is set as the primary display.
     
  5. jjurabong

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  6. Rache

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    Make sure your hd's are set for DMA. What os are you?
     
  7. jjurabong

    jjurabong Thread Starter

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    Hi Rache, sorry - I forgot that. I'm Windows ME. Unfortunately, it's all in Korean. (I'm a Canadian teaching at a Korean University) and so i'ts a little difficult for me to navigate sometimes. A friend suggested I remove all media players except one just in case that's the problem. May I ask what DMA stands for?
    Thanks so much,
    jjurabong
     
  8. Triple6

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    I think your running an old computer and that might be part of the problem. The requirements are getting higher to play video, ie DivX. Out of curiosity, how much RAM do you have, how fast is your CPU, and what video card do you have?

    That aside, you probably need to update your Video Card Driver and DirectX.

    DirectX you can get through Internet Explorer -> Tools -> Windows Updates. Its under Program Updates.

    To find out what video card you have go to Control Panel -> Display -> Settings and it will list the Video card there. Or go to Control Panel -> System -> Device Manager -> Display Adaptors.

    While in Device Manager, check the DMA option under the Harddrive in IDE Controllers.
     
  9. brushmaster1

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    DMA = Direct Memory Access

    DMA is a protocol that allows a device (a hard drive, for instance) to access the memory directly without having to put an extra load on the CPU

    It sounds as if your video clips may just be buffering. Especially if you're a bit short on RAM, it may take a while for a video file to load completely...have you tried waiting for a while?
     
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