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May 21, 2005 6:33:28 PM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.periphs.videocards.nvidia (More info?)

OS: Windows 2000 Pro
Mobo: Asus P4C800E-Deluxe
Graphics: Asus V9520 Magic GeForce FX5200 with TV out
Memory: 2 x 512MB @ 400MHz
CPU: Intel P4 3.066GHz
HDs: Numerous, 1 for OS, remainder for storage
Case: Lian Li PC70
PSU: 550 watts
1 PCI card: ATA/133 Host Adaptor with 2 x IDE HDs connected to one of the
two channels
Several other HDs connected to various channels on the Mobo
No overclocking or anything deviating from recommended use.

Hi,

I've been having the same trouble with this set-up since its inception and
I'm hoping someone can help me out.

What I'm trying to do:

The PC described above is effectively a video media server. The choice of
motherboard, case, PSU etc are specifically to provide storage for a larger
number of hard drives which store film and television programming. The
purpose is to replace using VHS for timeshifting and archiving and for
storage on a home network.

I use Zoom Player in place of Media player, (although the fault occurs with
either) and Opus directory in place of Windows Explorer, otherwise the
software installation is fairly typical and minimal.

Video is configured so that the TV out (screen 2) is set as a "full screen
device" so that whatever video I have running in a small or minimised screen
on the PC's monitor is rendered full-screen on my TV.

The problem:

When a new video programme starts (either when playing the next programme in
the directory/playlist automatically or when I double-click the next
programme I wish to watch), the output to the television screen switches
first to the Windows desktop (as there is no video currently playing on the
PC) and then after a second or so, as it starts to play the next file, back
as a full-screen device. This is normal.

BUT as it switches back to a full-screen device for the next programme, at
the point when you'd expect the new programme to start playing, the PC
crashes.

This problem is intermittent. Sometimes it can happen after EVERY programme,
sometimes I can view several in a row or stop and start a few times over a
period of days before the same fault will occur. But it never occurs when
viewing the first programme after a reboot - I always get at least one
programme's viewing.

This isn't the exception. I want to use the PC to capture video from VHS.
However this too leads to similar problems. I tried a Compro capture card
some months ago which often lead to crashes and, just this week, after a
clean reinstall of everything, I bought a Maxtor ConvertX external capture
device (it encodes video into DivX on the fly, is an external box and
connects via USB and is supplied with its own external power supply, so it
doesn't take up a PCI slot). When I try to run the software for this, as
soon as I get to a video mode (something like trying to capture or view
incoming video), the PC crashes.

Things I have tried which have not resolved the problem:

Complete O/S reinstall with minimal drivers/software on freshly formatted HD
Uninstall/reinstall video drivers
Uninstall/reinstall codecs
Reducing video acceleration
Run with case open and tons of cooling (I use Speedfan to monitor temps on
HDs, CPU etc and keep fan noise down and nothing ever goes above 50 degrees
anyway)
Tried one strip of each memory at a time to eliminate faulty strip

however the problem occurs under all these conditions.

It HAS to be a problem with video, I am assuming. I can leave the PC
running for weeks if I don't try any of these video applications and I use
it as a file server from remote PCs to playback video through their outputs,
without trouble.

Thanks for reading all that - please, can anyone help?

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May 24, 2005 10:14:41 PM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.periphs.videocards.nvidia (More info?)

"JustMe" <no@spam.thanks> wrote in message
news:428f39a2$0$39064$ed2e19e4@ptn-nntp-reader04.plus.net...
> OS: Windows 2000 Pro
> Mobo: Asus P4C800E-Deluxe
> Graphics: Asus V9520 Magic GeForce FX5200 with TV out
> Memory: 2 x 512MB @ 400MHz
> CPU: Intel P4 3.066GHz
> HDs: Numerous, 1 for OS, remainder for storage
> Case: Lian Li PC70
> PSU: 550 watts
> 1 PCI card: ATA/133 Host Adaptor with 2 x IDE HDs connected to one of the
> two channels
> Several other HDs connected to various channels on the Mobo
> No overclocking or anything deviating from recommended use.
>
> Hi,
>
> I've been having the same trouble with this set-up since its inception and
> I'm hoping someone can help me out.
>
> What I'm trying to do:
>
> The PC described above is effectively a video media server. The choice of
> motherboard, case, PSU etc are specifically to provide storage for a
larger
> number of hard drives which store film and television programming. The
> purpose is to replace using VHS for timeshifting and archiving and for
> storage on a home network.
>
> I use Zoom Player in place of Media player, (although the fault occurs
with
> either) and Opus directory in place of Windows Explorer, otherwise the
> software installation is fairly typical and minimal.
>
> Video is configured so that the TV out (screen 2) is set as a "full screen
> device" so that whatever video I have running in a small or minimised
screen
> on the PC's monitor is rendered full-screen on my TV.
>
> The problem:
>
> When a new video programme starts (either when playing the next programme
in
> the directory/playlist automatically or when I double-click the next
> programme I wish to watch), the output to the television screen switches
> first to the Windows desktop (as there is no video currently playing on
the
> PC) and then after a second or so, as it starts to play the next file,
back
> as a full-screen device. This is normal.
>
> BUT as it switches back to a full-screen device for the next programme, at

> the point when you'd expect the new programme to start playing, the PC
> crashes.
>
> This problem is intermittent. Sometimes it can happen after EVERY
programme,
> sometimes I can view several in a row or stop and start a few times over a
> period of days before the same fault will occur. But it never occurs when
> viewing the first programme after a reboot - I always get at least one
> programme's viewing.
>
> This isn't the exception. I want to use the PC to capture video from VHS.
> However this too leads to similar problems. I tried a Compro capture card
> some months ago which often lead to crashes and, just this week, after a
> clean reinstall of everything, I bought a Maxtor ConvertX external capture
> device (it encodes video into DivX on the fly, is an external box and
> connects via USB and is supplied with its own external power supply, so it
> doesn't take up a PCI slot). When I try to run the software for this, as
> soon as I get to a video mode (something like trying to capture or view
> incoming video), the PC crashes.
>
> Things I have tried which have not resolved the problem:
>
> Complete O/S reinstall with minimal drivers/software on freshly formatted
HD
> Uninstall/reinstall video drivers
> Uninstall/reinstall codecs
> Reducing video acceleration
> Run with case open and tons of cooling (I use Speedfan to monitor temps on
> HDs, CPU etc and keep fan noise down and nothing ever goes above 50
degrees
> anyway)
> Tried one strip of each memory at a time to eliminate faulty strip
>
> however the problem occurs under all these conditions.
>
> It HAS to be a problem with video, I am assuming. I can leave the PC
> running for weeks if I don't try any of these video applications and I use
> it as a file server from remote PCs to playback video through their
outputs,
> without trouble.
>
> Thanks for reading all that - please, can anyone help?

Well after all that, updated video drivers from the NVIDIA website seem to
have resolved this!
!