Are my video drivers going wonky?

Posted by: Silver_Moon

Are my video drivers going wonky? - 06/26/10 02:17 PM

Here's my problem. When I play a video in Windows media player or any other media player, the video gets all wierd. It's hard to explain so I'll put a picture.

better look at it full size, kinda hard to see

It gets even worse. When a video is playing the lines move and flash. It's not just this video, it's any video. what's going on?
Posted by: SgtBaxter

Re: Are my video drivers going wonky? - 06/27/10 09:57 AM

Are your drivers up to date?
Posted by: Silver_Moon

Re: Are my video drivers going wonky? - 06/27/10 11:01 AM

Yes they are.
Posted by: SgtBaxter

Re: Are my video drivers going wonky? - 06/27/10 12:02 PM

What are the specs for the machine you're playing on?

Also, what version of media player? I think v13 and the indexing service don't get along well. Try turning off the indexing service.

-->controlpanels -->administrative tools -->computer management -->services and applications --> services

Scroll down the list until you see "windows search". Right click and select "stop". Then right click, select properties, and in the startup type drop down menu, select "disabled". That will keep it from starting up again.
Posted by: Silver_Moon

Re: Are my video drivers going wonky? - 06/27/10 12:15 PM

Here are the specs:
Compaq Presario CQ61
AMD Sempron 2.1 gHz
2GB RAM
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Graphics card
Windows 7 Ultimate

Windows Media player 12
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: Are my video drivers going wonky? - 07/03/10 04:36 AM

Probably a combination of factors: Marginal RAM, your internet connection speed/bandwidth, and the graphics card shared memory. Both of my MacMinis have better video performance than what you are describing.
Posted by: Silver_Moon

Re: Are my video drivers going wonky? - 07/03/10 09:24 AM

The video is saved on my HD. I don't know how to get in to more detail than that.
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Are my video drivers going wonky? - 07/03/10 10:32 AM

Has it always done that or did it just start.

Try reinstalling the video drivers. Don't know about Win 7 but in XP it would be get to Device Manager, Properties for the video card. Control Panel/System/Hardware/Device Manager/Display Adapter. Uninstall the driver then reinstall it.
Posted by: Silver_Moon

Re: Are my video drivers going wonky? - 07/03/10 10:59 AM

It's always done it, it's just gotten worse.
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: Are my video drivers going wonky? - 07/03/10 01:42 PM

Is it better if you only run the video in WiMP with nothing else open? I still think it's the combination of factors I listed minus the internet connection if you're running the vid from your HD. I'd bet that if you had 4 gigs of RAM, it would be better.
Posted by: Silver_Moon

Re: Are my video drivers going wonky? - 07/03/10 02:11 PM

a little
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: Are my video drivers going wonky? - 07/03/10 02:18 PM

It sounds like Win7 Ultimate and WiMP are maxing out your RAM usage causing the video (and system) to use virtual memory on the HD. Do you hear the HD churning a lot?
Posted by: Silver_Moon

Re: Are my video drivers going wonky? - 07/03/10 02:45 PM

No, I don't hear it at all. And I keep my RAM level checked, and it almost always says 89%
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: Are my video drivers going wonky? - 07/03/10 03:00 PM

Then, it's a graphics chip issue. Don'tcha just love Windows PCs?
Posted by: Silver_Moon

Re: Are my video drivers going wonky? - 07/03/10 04:20 PM

No. mad
Posted by: SgtBaxter

Re: Are my video drivers going wonky? - 07/07/10 05:10 AM

Did you turn off indexing like I posted? Notebook hard disks are notoriously slow, and windows is always indexing. If it's indexing while the video is playing that can happen.
Posted by: Silver_Moon

Re: Are my video drivers going wonky? - 07/07/10 11:50 AM

I can't find it.
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Are my video drivers going wonky? - 07/07/10 02:29 PM

Ya' made me do it. grin
Posted by: Silver_Moon

Re: Are my video drivers going wonky? - 07/07/10 02:28 PM

OH beef. xD