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Problems when playing videos

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July 13, 2003 8:38:31 PM

First i have to say. that i am from austria, and so my English maybe isnt perfect.



I have two problems when I try to watch videos, video-CDs or DVDs on my PC:



1. Videos are played too fast and not fluid:

This problem occures always when I try to play video-CDs and DVDs. In some cases it also occures when I try to play video- or audio-files from my HDD: At the beginning the speed is normal, but after about 1-2 seconds, the video starts get faster and doesnt run fluid anymore. Sometimes there is also a strange sound, when this acceleration starts. Then the sound gets faster and somtimes interrupted and somtimes the sound comületely stops. I have this problem as long as I have my new PC, but I only find it really annoying since a few days, because I have bought a 5.1 speaker-system for my PC, and also want to use it for DVDs.




2. Windows Media Player doesnt play internet-video-streams:

Since yeasterday I also cannot watch internet-video-streams w/ wmplayer: After the loading-screen disappeared, the video-window stays black. On some sites it says, the I should wait for buffering, but this only takes a few seconds, and I have waited more than half a minute. It cannot be a problem of a specific internet-site, because I tried it on different sites, but it worked on none of them. I dont have that problem w/ different video-players.



My System:

Athlon XP 2700+
2x256 MB PC2700 RAM (noname-brand)
Epox 8rda+ (nForce2)
Creative GeForce 4 4800 (4600 mit 8xAGP)
Onboard 6ch Sound
Win98SE
Internet Explorer 6 SP1
Directx 9.0A
Graphics-Driver: Detonator 44.03
BIOS: 06/09/2003
Chipset-drive: 2.41

AMD Athlon XP 2700+
Epox 8rda+
Thermaltake Volcano 7+
2x256 MB PC2700
Creative GeForce 4 Ti 4800 (4600 Chip)
Chieftech Case
WD 80GB/8MB HDD
16x48 DVD-ROM
20x10x32 Burner

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July 18, 2003 9:22:16 AM

the first problem is: you have to enable DMA on the DVD drive.

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July 18, 2003 10:09:17 AM

I have already enabled DMA on all my drives. I dont think, that the DVD-drive is the problem, because this also happens when I play VCDs on my CD-RW drive or sometimes even when I play Video-Files from the HDD. It also happens when I play any Audio-Files except .wav (I tried .mp3 and .ogg (UT2003)) from my HDD. I will trie Audio-CDs, but my DVD-Drive doesnt work at all now, and I have to get the bill from someone, because I got it as a present. My CD-RW-drive also has reading-problems (burning works), but there is no warrantie anymore on it.

AMD Athlon XP 2700+
Epox 8rda+
Thermaltake Volcano 7+
2x256 MB PC2700
Creative GeForce 4 Ti 4800 (4600 Chip)
Chieftech Case
WD 80GB/8MB HDD
16x48 DVD-ROM
20x10x32 Burner
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July 18, 2003 5:05:02 PM

Make sure your drivers are up-to-date. Old drivers can cause problems with video playback. Also ensure you're up-to-date with DirectX.

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July 18, 2003 5:12:33 PM

My drivers are up to date.

AMD Athlon XP 2700+
Epox 8rda+
Thermaltake Volcano 7+
2x256 MB PC2700
Creative GeForce 4 Ti 4800 (4600 Chip)
Chieftech Case
WD 80GB/8MB HDD
16x48 DVD-ROM
20x10x32 Burner
July 22, 2003 9:13:32 AM

Check your IDE drivers.

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July 22, 2003 2:13:07 PM

IDE-drivers for IDE-controllers and for the "Default-Dual PCI IDE Controller". There arent any conflicts. The first IDE-controller usesIRQ 14 and the second IDE-Controller uses IRQ 15. The "Default-Dual PCI IDE Controller" uses IRG 14 and 15. None of the devices has conflicts.




<b>Details:</b>



<b>Drivers</b> (all drivers have version 4.222 and are from microsoft):


first IDE-controller (Single FIFO):

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\IOSUBSYS\ESDI_506.pdr
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\VMM32\IOS.VXD


second IDE-controller (Single FIFO):

see first IDE-controller


Default-Dual PCI IDE Controller

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\VMM32.VXD (CONFIGMD.vxd)



<b>recources:</b>


first IDE-controller (Single FIFO):

I/O-Area 01F0-01F7
I/O-Area 03F6-03F6
IRQ 14
I/O-Area F000-F007


second IDE-controller (Single FIFO):

I/O-Area 0170-0177
I/O-Area 0376-0376
IRQ 15
I/O-Area F008-F00F


Default-Dual PCI IDE Controller

I/O-Area 01F0-01F7
I/O-Area 03F6-03F6
IRQ 14
I/O-Area F000-F007
I/O-Area 0170-0177
I/O-Area 0376-0376
IRQ 15
I/O-Area F008-F00F

AMD Athlon XP 2700+
Epox 8rda+
Thermaltake Volcano 7+
2x256 MB PC2700
Creative GeForce 4 Ti 4800 (4600 Chip)
Chieftech Case
WD 80GB/8MB HDD
16x48 DVD-ROM
20x10x32 Burner
July 22, 2003 8:20:40 PM

Get those IDE drivers updated immediately!

That is undoubtedly what's causing your problem. I'm guessing your board has an nForce2 chipset? If so, trot on over to nVidia and get the latest nForce2 drivers.

'Default-Dual PCI IDE Controller' isn't something you want to see... that means bus-mastering is not enabled, and therefore you probably don't have DMA enabled.

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July 22, 2003 8:36:02 PM

I have the newest nForce2 driver.

DMA is enabled. It is set for all drives in the device manager since months, and if I wouldnt have DMA, Windows would automatically disable it when I reboot. I also have over 40 MB/s transfer rate in HD Tach. If DMA wouldnt be enabled, the maximum possible transfer rate would be 16.6 MB/s (PIO mode 4).

Maybe nForce2 doesnt use bus-mastering for DMA.

AMD Athlon XP 2700+
Epox 8rda+
Thermaltake Volcano 7+
2x256 MB PC2700
Creative GeForce 4 Ti 4800 (4600 Chip)
Chieftech Case
WD 80GB/8MB HDD
16x48 DVD-ROM
20x10x32 Burner
August 6, 2003 9:33:50 PM

I have now found a Video-player, which can play video-CDs and the most common filetypes for video-files, but it cannot play DVDs. When I uswe this player, it plays every video w/o problems (even in a DOS-window in Windows).

Does anyone know a DOS-player, which supports UDF DVDs? UDF isnt supported in DOS, so the program will need a special driver for it.

AMD Athlon XP 2700+
Epox 8rda+
Thermaltake Volcano 7+
2x256 MB PC2700
Creative GeForce 4 Ti 4800 (4600 Chip)
Chieftech Case
WD 80GB/8MB HDD
16x48 DVD-ROM
20x10x32 Burner
August 7, 2003 12:56:10 AM

I have downloaded the codecpacks NIMO and SLD, but this also didnt change anything.

I had an "abstract error" however, when I first played the Star Wars Episode II DVD w/ the Zoom Player (zplayer.exe), which was included in the SLD-pack. After the error, the player continued to play the DVD. I started playing the DVD two times after that, but the error didnt return. I aslo played a normal .avi files w/ this player, but it also didnt report an error w/ this file.

AMD Athlon XP 2700+
Epox 8rda+
Thermaltake Volcano 7+
2x256 MB PC2700
Creative GeForce 4 Ti 4800 (4600 Chip)
Chieftech Case
WD 80GB/8MB HDD
16x48 DVD-ROM
20x10x32 Burner
August 8, 2003 4:56:52 PM

I tried to change the hardware acceleration for my OnBoard Sound. (Control Panel > Sounds and Multimedia > Audio > Sound Playback > Advanced > Performance > Hardware acceleration). The videos are played normal when set the accelleration to "None" or "Basic", but then the sound is only 3.1 instead of 5.1 when playing DVDs (the front speaqkers and the subwoofer work, but the back speakers dont), but when I test my speakers w/ the nForce Tray Program or play C&C Generals (didnt try other games yet, all speakers work. So it seems to be a DirectSound problem, because the next acceleration step after basic also includes DirectSound.

Does anyone know a program, which enables 5.1 sound for DVDs w/o using DirectSound?

I have installed and uninstalled DirectX many times, but it didnt solved the problem. I used DirectX Buster in safe mode, but there were still a few dx*.* files left in the C:\WINDOWS folder and subfolders. Should I try to also delete them and and reinstall directX afterwards?

AMD Athlon XP 2700+
Epox 8rda+
Thermaltake Volcano 7+
2x256 MB PC2700
Creative GeForce 4 Ti 4800 (4600 Chip)
Chieftech Case
WD 80GB/8MB HDD
16x48 DVD-ROM
20x10x32 Burner