I have a laptop that can't play 720p files smoothly anymore. The laptop used to play the files without any problems. I tried some old shows that I watched in the past and now they are playing extremely choppy. I tried formatting the pc and reloaded everything, and updated the video drivers. The processor usage goes up to 100% when trying to play the video. Overall the pc feels slower but I can't say if it just my mind playing tricks on me. I don't know if it's related but sometimes when the laptop is on for a while the fans turn on and they don't turn off until you restart the pc.
I can't think of anything else to troubleshoot? I'm going to borrow a friend's HD to swap in and see if the drive is causing problems.
2gb of ram
100gb hd (65gb free)
geforce 6800 (256mb)
yours lucky didnt blew like mine did, lol ... i was playing a game called 18 wheels of steel , maybe you guys have heard and well my video card blew just like that , and then i have a 64 mb ati express card