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Strange problem with video streaming

Question: Strange problem with video streaming

I seem to have a very unusual problem with video streaming on my computer. Whereas all the other computers on my network stream videos fine, my laptop 'stops' continually whilst watching flash or quicktime videos. I have a very fast and reliable internet connection, and my laptop is high spec. I've tried everything from firewalls, antivirus, settings, I even have the same problem in safe mode.
Can anyone help? Thanks.

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Answer: Strange problem with video streaming

Welcome to TSF....

Could we have some system specs on this laptop please include make and model and service pack installed?

What programs are you using for the video streaming process?

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Living the ex-pat life one of the things I miss from my native Finland is the television, especially since I really hate this German way to dub everything foreign, hate it from the bottom of my heart heart of my bottom. I'd rather listen the original sound track of foreign films, series and shows with additional subtitles as is custom in Finland, than see and hear the never so well synced lip movements of dubbed TV asthey do to all film and TV here in Germany.

For this reason I subscribe to an IPTV service from Finland, getting selected channels over the Internet either directly to an IPTV digital receiver connected to a TV (HD quality), or alternatively I can simply log in using the service's web interface and select any show from any channel from past four weeks in SD or HD quality. Only minus for me in this service is that I am not able to watch live TV, as all the shows become available first a few minutes after the show has aired.

Problem description:
Using Windows 8.1 Pro Preview and Internet Explorer 11, the web interface of the service works fine a few minutes after opening the page first time since launching the IE. I simply click the link of the show and a pop-up window opens directly, starting to show the video stream in my selected quality:

However, when the show has finished and I have closed the stream window to watch a new show, or if the interface page has been inactive a few minutes this is what I get instead of video stream:
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Answer:Strange issue with streaming video in IE11 (Win 8.1)

Hello Kari,

I have encountered several different issues with IE11 that are not present when using Win 8.0 and IE10. I encountered my latest issue while trying to access my Lycos mail. Specifically, I cannot open an email and view its contents (get blank screen where text should be); however, if I hit reply, it then reveals the original contents below the area for response. This issue is 100% repeatable and works fine with Win 8.0 and IE10. Now, I am not looking for a fix because I am just playing with 8.1 right now but I just wanted to let you know that I feel your pain. Good luck.

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Hi there, recently I had messed with some codecs and stuff to try and watch a certain DVD that was being difficult. I messed up some codecs and such in the process and I couldnt see any streaming video and if I played any streaming audio, the sound would just be a scratch sound, that regardless of how high or low I turned the player's volume, would remain at the same level of "loudness".

So I decided to reformat and just reinstall the drivers from the original discs. I did that, and now I am still having the same problem.

I am using SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio drivers and an ASUS P5NSLI Motherboard.
I can post my system specs if you would like, I just dont know where to go from this point, I was sure a reformat would fix the problem.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Strange Streaming Audio/Video Problems

Still experiencing this problem, any help would be appreciated.

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I recently installed Windows Service Pack 2, actually three times after reinstating my computer software to the original state by erasing and reinstalling the full software install CD on my computer's hard drive for Window XP Home. I have no problems playing games with my new FX 5200 Ultra video card by BFG, but I am at random times getting the annoying green screen that blanks out my videos I am streaming or playing(happens when I am streaming more often). Then after that happens usually, the computer reboots or shuts off. I never had this happen before. My computer's memory tests ok so why can I play games with this never happening but when I am streaming or watching video through Windows Media Player, etc do I get the "green screen blankout" and then often the shutdown of my computer? I have 512 MB of system memory and 128 MB of video memory! I use System Mechanic and it shows I have at least half of my memory even during playback so what is the problem here? I can attach my system computer file of my information if you like in an e-mail if it will help. AND YES I HAVE THE DIVX CODECS. I thought about that to and uninstalled and reinstalled them with the same random problems. PLEASE HELP ME. This is really annoying.

Answer:video playback and streaming. Video card problem or software?

Well, it seems u dont have a hardware problem. this problem occurs only when u r watching videos. so i guess its the media player. take my suggestion, stop using it. Download this pack: KLite Codec Pack. I think the latest version is 3.2. Its got all the codecs u need to play compressed videos, and dvds. Its also got an advanced media player which can play any video u open it with like wmv, dat, mpg, rm, mov, avi, divx..... of course, the codecs for these formats r included in the pack.

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OS: Windows XP
Video: Intel on-board
Ram: 1gb

I've got a PC having video problems streaming but only with these sites that stream live football games and sports events. It runs fine with youtube etc. No problems with movies or anything like that. All the basic stuff checked like updated video drivers, disk space, flash etc. Also tried disabling hardware accelerator. The sound works fine but the video runs in slow motion. My thinking is the on-board card or lack of memory but the fact it runs other site such as youtube I'm doubting this. BB speed is excellent so this is not the problem. Any ideas?

Answer:Video streaming problem.

Look to the web pages FAQ's and see what the minimum requirements are. You may need a video card with separate video memory to play this site. Also when streaming, stop the video from automatically starting, and let it buffer for a few minutes (there may be a grey progress bar ahead of the actual playing progress bar)
Be sure to update Java and Shockwave.

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I'm having a problem playing any kind of imbedded streaming video. I first tried to watch a streaming broadcast, and the site told me I needed to download Media Player, which I already had. However, I thought I might need an update, so I downloaded the newest version (9) and it still didn't help. As you know, this version cannot be uninstalled, so now I'm stuck with it. I think there may be a conflict between Media Player and Real Player, but I'm not sure. Can anyone please help with this???

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hi, need help..

i'm experiencing a major problem with video streaming or watching videos from sites such as yahoo, nba for morethan a week already; but has no problem watching videos from youtube, metacafe, & the likes or flash videos.

everytime i click a link to a video it doesn't load, and it will stay 1 or 0% all the time. clicking play does nothing. it's just stuck at 0 or 1%, play state is always stuck at "ready". whatever browser i use the result is still the same.

from what i know, nba & yahoo (like featured videos, news) either use Quicktime or Windows Media Player to load & play videos. my prob is it suddenly stopped playing videos for no reason. my media player is upto date, quicktime, realplayer & other codecs are upto date. just wondering why i can't view a video from those sites? does anybody know a solution? anything i need to do?
my OS is XP pro, connection speed is ranging from 700+ to 900+ kbps (dsl connection).
i use IE 6 & Firefox 1.5

Answer:Video Streaming Problem

There could be a number of issues at hand over here. First of all you have an older version of Firefox. The latest one is 2.0.1 which you can here. Can you post an example of a video you can't see.

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I'm running Win XP Home with SP2, fully up-to-date, with WMP 10. I had no prior problems with streaming videos. However, I recently installed Nero, after which I find that streaming to WMP 10 no longer works. Instead, the files have to be downloaded first. I've checked the file associations in WMP 10 and Win XP, and ensured that .wmv and .wma files are to be opened with WMP, but that doesn't help.

Shall I try re-installing WMP 10? Or is there some setting in WMP that was overwritten by Nero?

Thx for any advice.

Answer:Streaming video problem

some people have rolled back to an earlier version
also uninstall and reinstall nero

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I just set up a brand new computer that is having problems across all browsers streaming video from sites like YouTube or Facebook. The video appears to be in slow motion/stuttering.

The PC is a Dell Precision 3620, intel (quad core 3.2 GHz, 3.6 Ghz Turbo, 6MB, w/ HD Graphics 530); 16 GB RAM; integrated graphics card. Windows 7 Professional.

Here is what I've already tried:

*I disabled Hardware Graphic Accelerator on all browsers.
*I made sure Adobe flash is up to date.
*I cleared internet history.
*I made sure windows is totally up to date.
*A different computer at the same location (network drop) did not have trouble streaming videos. Other computers on the same network are not having trouble streaming video.
*I checked memory usage and performance when the videos are stuttering and nothing appears to be taking up an exorbitant amount of resources.
* I checked to see if there was an update for the graphics driver (there wasn't)

I rebooted the computer and for a little while, videos streamed ok, but after a few hours, the user reported that videos were once again stuttering/ appear to be playing in slow motion.

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Hi,I have setanta broadband but are having problems viewing this and other videos via the internet. I have downloaded up to date flash versions, i have also download firefox etc and also cleared a lot of files off my PC but it still not helps. The videos start buffering then after 5 seconds or so freeze and start buffering again.Can anyone advise me on this problem?Thanks in advance.

Answer:Streaming/Video problem

Google for "Broadband Speedtest" and see if your data throughput is what you paid for. If it is OK in the test, it could be that the slow down is at the other end.Major sporting events may have peak viewing audiences too big for the service provider, though you would think that since Setanta's business is based on this, they would have adequate bandwidth.

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Whenever I click a video link WMP tells me that it can't play it and if the file is on the internet I should connect to the internet... But I am on the internet.

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I am having problems with streaming videos from some, er, adult sites and also, intermittently, from the eminently respectable BBC iPlayer. The problem is continual buffering so the video plays in short bursts, which destroys the impact. Sometimes the buffer counts down which is equally odd. It does not seem to affect YouTube though. Is this a problem for my ISP, which is AOL? Suggestions welcome.

Answer:Streaming Video Problem

what connnection speed do you have?johnny

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My Computer:Compaq 5000 (5BWME2)20gig HD512mbRAM733mhz Processor---------------------------My Internet connection:RESULTS:Running tests. Please wait...-- Starting download test... Done!-- Starting upload test... Done!Testing complete! Your results are:- Download speed: 1.466 Mbits/sec ( 28 times faster than a 56k modem )- Upload speed: 486.000 KBits/sec ( 14 times faster than a 56k modem )=========================================================REPORT:Applet, v1.0 ; ReportEMBARQ High-Speed Internet Bandwidth Server, Ver. 1.0There are 0 people ahead of you in the queueGetting Report data. Please wait...-- Getting Data ...Time Stamp UL Speed DL SpeedMbits/sec Mbits/secMon Apr 12 12:29:50 GMT+00:00 2010 0.486 1.466Mon Apr 12 12:24:27 GMT+00:00 2010 0.486 1.467Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 GMT+00:00 1970 0.000 0.000Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 GMT+00:00 1970 0.000 0.000==========================================================When I attempt to stream live sports events from : ESPN.....the picture skips and stops intermittently and/or stops for extended periods. I have spoken with my Centurylink support folks and they have told me that my connection and speed are adequate for this. The also informed me that it is my computer that needs "tweaked" to solve this problem. I HAVE run your scan(test) of my computer: Manufacturer: CompaqModel: Compaq pcOS: Microsoft Windows XP Home EditionCPU/Ram: 996 MHz / 510 MBVideo Card: ... Read more

Answer:Problem Streaming Video

Your system is outdated. You only have 512MB RAM & you're using weak integrated graphics. Since it can't accept any more RAM, you should install a *real* video card (standard PCI), or at least go into the BIOS & try increasing the video memory amount to 11MB. I'm curious why you list your CPU as 996MHz in two areas but 733MHz in another?

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The problem i am facing is ,when i play a video the  streaming stops and the whole system will hang and it needs restart,But the same video streams well when I use earphones or audio jack.I am fed up with this problem,can u please provide me a solution how to resolve this problem.

Answer:Problem with video streaming

Hi @AKKIP, Welcome to the HP Forums! I read your post and wanted to reach out to help you! In your post, you had said that currently your HP Pavilion 14-b003tx Ultrabook is having sound issues.  You could try: 1. Right click the Speaker icon in the bottom right corner by your time.2. Click Playback Devices.3. Click Speakers.4. Click properties.5. Click the advanced tab on the Properties window.6. Change the Default Format drop-down to the highest quality.7. Apply the properties.8. Click OK to close the properties window. Restart the Notebook and test the sound. Here is a link to help troubleshoot the sound. Please let me know how this goes. To simply say thanks, click the Thumbs up below!  Thanks. 

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I have a client with a Q-See DVR that they would like to access remotely. The web interface works fine internally (192.168.x.x). I opened up port 80 and 2000, and setup dynamic dns for them. I can connect to the web interface remotely, but none of the video shows up. Any ideas?

Answer:Q-See DVR Video Streaming Problem

Maybe a browser issue? I have a client with a different vendor's DVR, but we can only view the video in Internet Explorer. It installs an ActiveX component, which then makes everything work. Firefox, Safari, Opera - none of them work.

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I am trying to stream video from and other sites with embedded video. Media Player just locks up or says "Buffering" or "Connecting" forever. It works fine on any other computer in my house just not mine. I am using media player 10, I also tried installing 9 and had the exact same problem. I don't know if it is a Codec problem or what. I can't figure it out. It has nothing to do with my firewall since the other computers that work fine are on the same firewall. Even reformatting does nothing! Is there a substitute for Media Player that I can use? If I download the file first then play it, then it works fine, I just can't stream direct.

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Running Win7 Pro SP1, Chrome ver 63.0.3239.132

When I go to the page loads just fine. At the top of the page there is a black bar with a choice entitled CBSN which is their streaming video site. Most of the time clicking on that works. Every once in a while I get a screen that says:

"This page isn't working. redirected you too many times. Try clearing your cookies."

I clear my cookies and it doesn't help. I can't get the page to work. I've tried rebooting and that doesn't help. I keep fiddling around and finally it will work.

Does any one have any ideas as t what is happening and how to correct the problem when it happens? I hope I'm making my self clear.

Thanks, Henry

Answer:Streaming video problem

I just went to the website you mentioned and I don't get any errors at all. I am using the same features as you have. I think that it may be your internet causing this problems.

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I consider myself to be quite good with networking, but I have stumbled across a problem which is starting to bother me. Basically what is happening is when I play any kind of video stream from any given site on the net, my internet connection drops and the only way to revive it is a power cycle of the router. I haven't had this problem until recently (past few months) and I have owned this current router (Linksys Wireless B router) for 3-4 years. I've gone over all of my router settings and everything is set properly. I thought to myself perhaps my router was blocking that video stream via a port block on my router. But this can't be since I even tried opening every well known port on my router (0-50k) for a few minutes to see if that would work but to no avail. Therefore I believe it could an actual router hardware issue. The conclusion I've come to is that I think the router's buffer is recieving the video stream packets in the router's buffer but cannot handle the flow and is discarding them, which in the process locks up my router and thus requiring a power cycle. I think it may be time to buy a new router! What do you guys think?

Answer:Odd video streaming problem...

Put a hub on the outside of the router and sniff the traffic. You might see something in there.

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It happens for the speedy joe video player on drama video website. & daily motion and wat videos are not loading. Youtube works fine, so anyone knows what is the issue for this?Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:Video streaming Problem

Sppedy Joe is the nickname for what is called the JW Player and is offered by Longtail Video. The link is below. You might want to check out their help forum as your problem may be one of compatibility.

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my computer seems to have developed a problem. when I'm watching streaming video it acts like it is buffering every 10 seconds or so making it appear choppy. I'm connected to high speed dsl and all was fine yesterday. the system is free of malware and everything checks out ok. I did have a problem yesterday. when I navigated to a web site that I use all the time all of a sudden I got a stack overflow error message which replicated itself until IE crashed. first ime I ever saw that error message and I haven't seen it since then. could I possibly have a memory ram stick that is acting up and should be replaced? thanks

Answer:streaming video problem

try this program it's free for 30days.

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My system specs are below. I use XP home SP1 everything updated execpt SP2, including video and audio codecs. My browser is MSN premium and I use to be able to use MSN priemium to stream online video via mediaplayer on my last comp with XP home. Now when I left click it gives me three options: open file (which fully downloads in to a temp folder), save file, and download file later. There is no stream option.

How do I set left click to automatically stream with media player the video or even the audio link?

Answer:problem streaming video

check mediaplayers' options

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Hi there :)

I'm running into an odd problem. It started a couple days ago for reasons unknown. If I try to play an embedded video, such as this, the video will begin to play in media player as normal, but a download progress window will also open. This didn't use to happen, but here's the really weird part- if I cancel the download progress window, everything is fine; if I let it go the video will either restart, or stop playing all together along with an error message stating that the file cannot be found.

I tried clearing my TIFs, relocating my TIF folder, checked and rechecked every setting I can see, and everything looks fine. It's kind of baffling =[

Any ideas?

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I have a Dell SC600 tower computer, several years old. It has a P4 with 2.66 GB speed. I have 2 GB ram, 7200 rpm hard drives and an Internet Connection that varies between 2 and 5 MB. I'm guaranteed 2 MB...but most of the time if I check it, it's a lot faster.

This particular problem has started since I installed Windows 7...I never had it in XP. When I installed Windows 7, I didn't have the problem, it seem to have started recently. It could have started when I replaced RC with the Release version.

When I try to play a Video...regardless of the source, it plays for a few seconds, then stops, then plays for a few seconds, then stops, and never just plays. The Video buffer never fills just stays at the current location. \

I don't mind waiting till the buffer reaches 100% and then start playing the video...but no matter how long I wait, the buffer indicator doesn't move.

Any ideas?

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I recently did an upgrade on my laptop, just so I can have a clean version of Windows 7 ad start from scratch as the system was feeling a bit clunky. I m planning on doing a clean install and formatting soon (maybe tomorrow), but for now I currently have a problem.

So before the upgrade, I had no problem playing YouTube videos, or any other videos on streaming sites using both Mozilla and Chrome. I could watch videos on wither piece of software at 720p without any problems with lag and stuttering. After this upgrade, nothing seems to work. When I try to watch YouTube videos, even on 360p I will get major slowdown on the video itself and when using the laptop. Thos only occurs when the videos is playing, and when stopped it goes away. I have looked at task manager to see the CPU usage and when playing videos the usage of it is in the high 80s and lower 90s percentages.

The current actions I have taken are these:
I have disabled hardware acceleration in both Adobe Flash Player and Mozilla.
Removed enhancements on audio in case it was audiodg tampering with it (had this problem before)
I have disabled all of the add-ons I have present in the browser, including Adobe Flash Player
When I did this, the Mozilla's own container was still giving me high CPU usage
I have tried booting with just Microsoft applications and drivers running and still get the high usage
I am currently doing the following:
Running a MalwareBytes scan
Running a MSE scan
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Answer:Video Streaming Problem

Have you installed/updated ALL of the system and hardware drivers? You should be using the drivers from the manufacturers website, not the default drivers installed by Windows.

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This is probably something very trivial but whenever i am streaming video on a website such as youtube on ma laptop it works perfectly however when i attempt to change the video to full screen mode the screen goes black,and if i hit escape it returns to normal and the video is still playing,any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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I am having issues with streaming video from my PC to my TV by means of an HDMI cord. It used to be very simple: I would plug in the HDMI cord to both the PC and TV, change the settings on the T.V. to "HDMI", and on the PC press the "windows key + P" to change the settings to "duplicate" or "extend". I tried clearing everything up with my Norton services, but I can't find any issues.
Now the streaming won't work and I am not sure why. If I create another account on the computer it sometimes works but after enough times of streaming video, that stops working as well. The last time I tried the visual part worked, however I couldn't transfer the sound to the T.V. even when I tried adjusting all the settings. Anyone have any ideas?


Answer:Streaming video problem

I guess no one has encountered this before?

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Ok everyone this is my first time i hope someone can help me THIS is the problem when i go to fox. com to look at tv programs like house i can only see it in the little screen when i try to look in full screen mode the sound is ther but the video is in slid screen mode now when i look at my proceesing its at like 87% memory in running how do i fix this and why is so much memory taken up with 64% processing appire 5100 acer 64x2

Answer:video streaming problem

what kind of video card are you running?

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Ok I am a techy myself, and am no novice to compters. But this problem has stumped me cold in my tracks. Heres my info

Windows XP SP1 with patches dating up to SP2
VII 100Mbs/sec NIC Adaptor
Router disabled for this problem
Pentium III 1.7 ghz processor
1 gig ram
300 gigs HD's, partitioned, 150gigs free
Windows media player 10
DSL internet connection

When tring to stream a video, any video, any web site, though to the windows media player, it doesnt connect. It tries at first then just returns to the ready option. Refreashing the page does nothing but agravate me further. So here is where I started.

First I checked my nic, ping -t, tried the video with that running and I got complete replies to my nic, the video never came up.

Then I thought, maybe my router is going bad, I removed the router and went from extenal modem strait to pc (rebooting of course). Tried the video again, nothing.

Thats all the hardware I can test, thus I moved on to software tests. I checked windows media player. I uninstalled it, and reinstalled WMP10. Once again, nothing.

Here is a stumper and maybe a root cause, while downloading the WMP10, I noticed I was only downloading at 40k/sec. Slow for even dial up, however I'm on DSL. AND the connection status screen shows a 100Mbs/s connection. Could have been the servers I was connecting to, but it was 1:30 in the AM, so I ruled that out.

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Answer:Streaming Video problem

what at you using to encode the video with? eg, Widnows Media Encoder 9, or VLC Media player etc etc?

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can any1 help with this wont play mpeg files it just plays the sound within media player divx and power dvd.
they did play and now they dont ,plays avi no problem
help sort this
Thanx Andy

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I have had a problem for some time now with WMP9 and streaming video. the problem is with all formats EXCEPT .asf and .wmv. those two work fine, all others crash WMP9 with an "unknown error". After this had happened a few times I decided to send an error report on it to see if it might find a fix. It came up witth an article that said I needed to update my copy of MPEG Encoder. I do not have that application(yes it was refering to an application, had a link for me to dl it)
I did at one time attempt to install Adobe Premiere but it did not install correctly and I uninstalled it. it included a version of MPEG Encoder in it, so gave that app a shot, it did not fix the problem.

I can play all media formats if they are on my machine. I can also stream these files using Quicktime or RealOne(but I don't like those apps)
The problem also seems to occur in K++(Kazaa) If I try to preview any video types other than wmv or asf, I get the same error as when streaming.

As I said, this has been going on for a while now, I've looked around, asked around and searched old threads here. I can come up with nothing and no one seems to want to help me other than suggesting a format. I do not subscribe to the theory that a format is a fix for anything, so that is not an option. I need to fix this, it has gone from being a slight annoyance, to being a huge headache.

Answer:Streaming video problem

Adobe Premiere is known not to uninstall the codecs it has installed and I personally have had problems with this. IIRC all i had to do was to delete the offending files from windows system folder.. I'm sure you can find the exact instructions how to do this if you search the web (that's how i got them).

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ok, so far i've only noticed this to happen with .asf files, and i have no idea why it's happening. when i open the .asf files, windows media player pops up and then starts buffering, which is normal. but then after it buffers some, it will start to play the files but i can only hear it. there is no video whatsoever; just a black screen. i've tried downloading codec packages, opening it with other players, upgrading my windows media player, and some other stuff. i think my player just can't recognize that file format for some reason because i have streamed other VoD files before that had the extension .asx i think it was. if anyone has had this happen and knows wtf is going on, or if anyone just has any ideas that might help, plz help.

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I've been having the same problem for a while now. When I try to watch a video online, I can only load a small portion of it at a time. The progress bar will only move part of the way (usually only a minute or two out of a 30 minute video) and then completely stop. I've tried waiting for several hours to see if it's just slow, but it just stops.

It's not a matter of a slow connection--mine is very fast.
This happens both in IE and Firefox. I have cleared my cache and reinstalled Flash Player, but that didn't help either.

Any ideas???

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Hello everyone,

I've got a problem with trying to watch streaming videos, they run for a couple of seconds and then stop as they try to buffer.

The thing is, everything was running fine up until a couple of days ago and then this buffering problem happened. I recently did a fresh install of everything, running XP with service pack 3 and the newest version of Firefox. I'm pretty sure my flash player is also up to date. Is anybody else having this problem? Thanks in advance for your help.

Answer:Streaming Video Problem

Is this just on Youtube? Try a different viral video site like Daily Motion.

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Please Help;

i have an Nvidia GeForce Fx 5200 video card operation on windows xp Pro, and when i try to play/ stream videos, the video quality is bad, and everything seems red-ish, but is still visible. Everywhere else the images are normal, while playing video games for example, and are not red-ish.

Thank You Very Much for Your input.

Answer:Problem with video streaming/playing

Same thing here

I got a 6800, but i'm havin the same problem. My games n stuff still work, but all my movies have like a redish coating to it, and it all seems brighter. I tried multiple different file types, n if it's video, it's screwed up. I tried updatin the drivers, didnt work either. I'm at a loss, and it sux cause i got A LOT of movies... that's almost the only thing i use this beast for... movies n games. If anybody can help out here it'd be appreciated.

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I am unable to view streaming media [ live & on demand ] from a particular site, on some of the PCs on my small LAN. The site requires Adobe Flash 10, which has been installed; more accurately upgraded from AFP 9. I allowed the browser to notify me of the required update and obtain the update automatically, instead of uninstalling AFT 9.

On my Vista Ultimate SP0, I am successful.
On my Vista Ultimate SP1, I am unsuccessful.
These computers have identical hardware & same browsers; IE 7 & FF 3.0.3
I have obtained all critical and important updates on the SP1 computer, but the problem persists. .
Problem occurs with IE 7 & FF 3.0.3
SP1 PC runs AVG Internet Security 8. Uninstalling AVG IS 8 does not result in success.
No improvement by running IE 7 without add ons, because it needs the Adobe Flash Player add on.
No improvement by disabling all services except Microsoft services and disabling everything on the startup tab in the system config utility [ msconfig ].
No improvement by running in safe mode with networking because Adobe Flash Player will not run in Safe Mode.
On my XP PRO SP3 computer, I am successful. IE 7, FF; Windows Media Player 9. AVG 8, [ free ]; Windows XP Firewall
On my XP Pro SP2 computer, I am unsuccessful. IE 7, FF; WMP 9. No AntiVirus, as a trouble shooting step. Windows XP firewall.
These computers do NOT have identical hardware.
No improvement, on the SP2 PC, running IE 7 without add ons. No improvement runni... Read more

Answer:Solved: streaming video problem

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This is a Windows 7 machine, Pentium 4, 2.667 GHz. I have 2 GB Ram. I got hooked on You-Tube and the old Star Trek series

It worked great for a couple of episodes, then suddenly it would only play for a couple seconds, then a few seconds of loading, then play a few seconds, etc.

It's doing it in nearly every video application.

I have a 5 mb internet connection. When I had the 1 mb connection it worked fine.

I've tried running in full performance mode with none of the Win 7 graphics enhancements, that doesn't help. I'm not sure what else to change.


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Hi , for the last month or so i have been un-able to view youtube and a few other sites videos without awful buffering times and stopping , starting constantly.It seems only videos using adobe flash player have this problem , works fine and buffers with lightning speed.I have a 2meg connection which i know is slow these days but have been told i should be able to view streaming videos with no problems.I have tested my connection speed which looks fine , done antivirus and antispy/malware checks and also used a registry fix program but still to no avail , as far as i know my sytem is clean. I am using mozilla firefox as my browser.Any help on this would be very much appreciated.Thanks in advance.

Answer:Solved: Video Streaming Problem

I have the same problem you are describing. I've done the same things you have with no luck. Hopefully, someone on here will be able to help us.

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I have watched many streaming vids from youtube or movie dvds. at the bottom of each screen is a sliding thing that enables me to advance or rewind to a certain point.

i just subscribed to a streaming video site and their sliding thing will slide all the way to the "end" or right and then i cannot move it at all to either advance or rewind. the movie continues to play but i have to sit through a lot of junk most of the time.

i have emailed my problem to the site and they just asked me for my RAM size and computer speed. i gave them that info but am a bit skeptical simply because their vids are the only ones that have this problem.

first, is there a name for that sliding thing? second, any clues on what i might do to bypass this problem?


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I cannot see videos or listen to audios anymore. I keep getting the message of "can not create direct show player" in a small box when I want to listen to any radio programs. Does anyone know what this is about? I don't see any references to this here or elsewhere.
There is a npdsplay at the top of the box.

Can you direct me to where to look?


Answer:streaming audio/video problem

the only thing i can think of is to check internet options - advanced

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Every time I get on I try to access the streaming video, but all it shows me is a gray screen. I have upgraded to IE 11, I have Windows XP, 2 GB of RAM. Intel Pentium M processor 2.00GHZ. Other sites such as works, but the and websites are having problems. ANy suggestions as to how to fix this? Thanks.

Answer:Problem getting streaming video on websites such as

Do you have the Adobe Flash Player installed? What about the latest version of Java Runtime Environment 6 update 14?

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I am currently working on a modeling web site and I want to offer a

online portfolio where models can post their photos, audio and video

files, thus making it a multimedia based portfolio.

Here is the list of the files I plan to allow the models to upload in

their portfolio
Photos - .gif, .jpg, .bmp
Audio - .mpeg, wma, mp3, ram and wav
Video - .avi, .mpeg, .mpg, .ram, and .mov

I am trying to find a way for users of this site to view the audio/video

files without having any file format specific plug-in or player installed

on their desktops. So far I have concluded that it would be best if

somehow I can manage to stream down the audio and video files on the

client’s desktop in Flash format since this would require the clients to

have only a Flash player which is a very common plug-in now a days.

I am seeking a way to convert the various files that models upload i.e

mpeg, wma, mp3, ram, wav, avi, .mpeg, .mpg, .rm, and .mov to a common swf

Flash format.

Is anyone aware of such a tool or piece of application that would

automatically convert all uploaded files to Flash format. Also if there

is a Flash component that would allow real-time streaming of the flash

files in the client’s browser without saving the swf files in the

Internet Cache or Temporary Internet Files folder.

Any help, advice or pointers on this matter would be highly appreciated.

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Long story short: Whenever I try to view streaming WMV video in my Windows Media Player 10, all I get is the audio. The picture is just black. All local files work though, and my roommate (on college network) CAN view the files that I cannot, so I don't think it's a network thing.

Two videos I cannot see:

Any idea what my problem might be?

Answer:Solved: WMP Streaming video problem

Are you on a laptop by chance?

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I can't play streaming videos on my MSN homepage, just shows loading but no video or audio. I'm using IE and Windows Media Player but no success. I've disabled my firewall and checked it against my laptop which plays the streaming videos just fine and has the same OS and software versions as my desktop. WMP on my desktop can play back all the various media files that I have on my HD, just not streaming videos from MSN (also from which is where some of the media content comes from on MSN).

My setups on both computers:
Win XP Pro, SP2
IE 6.0.2900 SP2
WMP 10

All the options on the working laptop fore IE and WMP seem to be the same, no apparent differences.

I've received two responses from MS and followed their suggestions but it didn't solve the problem.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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I have searched many forums, including Microsoft's, and have read various reports of problems streaming video after SP2 has been installed, but have found no solutions. HELP! This is driving me nuts. It doesn't seem to be a universal problem, but in the cases I found, we all have the same symptom: After installing SP2, streaming video with WMP10 no longer works (it just stalls out while trying to connect). If given the option to choose RealPlayer, streaming video will work. So, it appears it's a conflict between WMP10 and SP2. I tried rolling back to WMP9, as it worked for some, but it did not work for me.

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Hi, i got this new computer about 3 weeks ago. When i watch streaming ( mostly), sometimes it will freeze my browser for 5sec-10sec (but the sound is still going) and come back after. When i try to watch it in 720p or HD, it will lag but only the video 1/2 of the time, while the sounds is just fine.

I updated all my drivers and reinstalled my firefox/chrome.

Over 720p will work for 15mins then starts lagging like crazy. A

Also, when i open anything (i think with ''Flash'') my browser will freeze for 5sec. The chat from beside the video will take for ever to load and make my browser lag.

Thank you.

Answer:[Streaming] New computer but video problem.

Download the latest Adobe Flash Player. Test your internet speed at

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Currently when I watch online streaming videos, picture quality looks fine, but streaming is not constant. Seems like refresh rate is slow and when I watch video, seems like it pausing and I cannot watch proper video. What do I need to do to get rid of this issue?Here is some info about my system:Microsoft XPHome EditionVersion 2002Service Pack 3Inter Celeron CPU 2.4GHz, 1.49 GB RAMAdapter:Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphic Controller64 MB MemoryCurrent Settings:Screen Resolution: 1600 by 900 pixelsColor Quality: 32 bitScreen Refresh rate: 60HzQuestion2:Manual of my monitor says that optimal resolution for this monitor is 1920 by 1080 and when I try to change the setting, 1600 by 900 pixels is the highest I get, what do I need to upgrade in order to get 1920 by 1080?Thanks

Answer:problem with quality of video streaming

This is a very handy and informed forum: You may get better advice here;There is also this forum:

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Hello. I've got a Lenovo G585 that's about 4 months old. I've already had a few problems with it but they just seem to fix themselves.. But for about a month now, I go on youtube and try to stream a video, and my internet cuts off immediately! Literally. I can't go on any website after this, all I can do to fix this is turning my computer on and back on. I tried logging out but that doesn't change anything. It's very annoying because everytime this happens I have to drop everything I was doing to restart my computer. You could tell me "Just don't go on youtube" Buut I love youtube and I use it quite a lot. Please help! Thank you
Moderator Note; post moved to here to start new thread, subject edited to reflect content.

Answer:G585 Video Streaming Problem

hi itszoegee,
Welcome to the Lenovo Forums.
What you're encountering is really weird as your internet connection just cuts off when you go to youtube. Perhaps you have a security software that automatically locks down your internet connection when you access certain websites? It'll also be helpful to know if your IP address gets change, the security software that you use, or the internet goes from Internet Access to Limited Connectivity during the incident.
Also, try to boot in Safe Mode with Networking and see if the problem persists (this will isolate the issue of a third party software that might be causing the issue)
Let me know your findings,

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I have a problem, when I watch a streamed file it shows down the right side a greensih set of colours in rows, all the way down.If i reset the depth of the display to 16bits it goes away for 5 seconds and comes back again.I have reinstalled WMP 9, no luck, and also Windows XP itself.I have the latest drivers and updates for both Nvidia card & windows.Please can anyone help.

Answer:Video Playback & Streaming in XP - Problem

Try using winamp to watch them,full screen,if it still does it,then its likely the monitor.If is goes away,then its something with WMP and the cure is already installed on your machine(as I haven't the faintest howto fix WMP)click here

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Hey, just got SpeedBit to help stream YouTube videos faster, and I have a problem getting the right browser to show up. My default browser is Firefox, but whenever I search a video and click on it, it opens in IE. I would like it to open in a new tab in Firefox. I checked the settings and there isn't anything to help fix it...


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Im running fire fox and when i look at streaming videos (in web pages the problem doesnt seem to present a problem with windows media player or win amp) such as you tube it will occasionally freeze with out warning. All connectivity will die immediately my browser will freeze, i cant log onto online game, i cant re open my browser i cant open windows media player i cant open win amp, any thing. but my programs that were up when it happened stay open and connected. Now when i do try to open them after this happens they show up in my task manager but they do not open in explorer. They wont appear as applications either in task manager only as processes.

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I'm trying to watch an online stream on (the one on the homepage). However, I always get a problem where it just doesn't load. WMP tries to open it but stops after about 10 seconds. Sometime the stream works perfectly though, which perhaps means its not WMPs fault, but theres something wrong with the computer. I've tried searching for a solution, but nothing is working. Any tips?

I'm using XP media centre.

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my videosonic colorific monitor controls tell me that my video card has too high a Gamma setting, the card is nividia ge2force. how can i correct the card, or what else might be giving me the too dark picture? audio and motion of play are finetimes new roman4black

Answer:streaming video too dark, Gamma problem?

Just right click on desktop, choose properties, settings tab, advanced, click on the geforce tab.. Then select color correction.

If it's not there, you may need to update your drivers.

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Okay HardForum, I need your help troubleshooting the bottleneck in my network.

The Basic problem is this; I am getting choppy video streaming from server to my wireless
laptop in the next room. Media player Classic is pretty bad, VCL player clears it up a
little, but still pauses to buffer a couple of times for a 350 MB file that is less than an hour in length.

Can I fix this w/o using a wired connection?
What are the limitations of Wireless G networks?
What/where is the bottleneck in the network?

A more detailed description:

Here is my setup.
Linksys WRT300N v1.1 running DD-WRT v24-sp2 (10/10/09) mega.

Stream From:
Windows XP Desktop
Intel P4 3.4GHZ
2GB Ram
5400RPM Hard drive
10/100Mbps Realtek RTL8139 NIC
(no wireless card)

Stream To:
Windows XP laptop
Intel Core 2 Duo 1.4GHZ
2GB Ram
NVIDIA Geforce 8400M GS
Hard Drive 4500RPM
Dell Wireless 1390 WLan Mini-Card (wireless G)
I don't have a wireless N adapter for the laptop

Here is an example to illustrate what I am seeing on my end. I am streaming a 349 MB
video file from my server to my laptop with a run time of 48 minutes 12 second. With
Media Player Classic I see stuttering(frame jumps) and stoppage(video stops for .5-1.5s)
right away during the introduction. With VCL player I see 3-4 stoppages due to buffering
interspersed throughout the duration of the video. (More so in the evening see below)

Apartment Diagram:

I live in an apartment complex with ... Read more

Answer:Problem Streaming Video through a wireless G Network

1st up, I`d have said the 5400rpm drive in the WinXP box with the realtek 8139 NIC, then I saw the chart with the Channel saturation. Surely channel 3 would be better for you with only 2x users either side!?

1st off, skip that realtek card, I`d use a decent quality Intel for replacement, done this myself recently and saw quite a noticeable increse in throughput.

2nd, maybe try running a cable to rule out the wireless side of things (if it`s still somewhat choppy it`s the server side hardware, if it cures it it`s almost certainly the popularity of wireless G in your area).

That is quite some use of the limited bandwidth allocated for wireless G, if you want to be naughty, set your location (Router GUI) to one other than yours and see if you can sneak onto one of the channels not normally available to you to see if that helps, not recomended though.

Lastly it`s time to upgrade the antennae on your router or better still, upgrade your router to a dual band one with wireless G and N if your laptop supports N that is.

Sorry just re-read your post, you don`t have N capability on your laptop.

Looks like your only options are, in order of cost (cheapest 1st(maybe))

1) run a cable (kinda defeats the whole point of having a latop though)
2) use directional antennae on your router (again you`d be kinda limited to where you can use it)

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Having recently got Broadband, I discovered the delights of playing high quality streaming video (movie trailers, music videos, etc.) over the net. This worked well for a while, but over the last few days it hasn't been working properly. They either get stuck at some point in the "buffering" process and don't play at all, or they eventually start to play but with no sound or picture or the occaisional second or two of sound and no picture. Lower-quality videos still play okay. I had to reinstall media player the other day and presumably something has got screwed up in my media player or browser settings to cause this, but I can't find what. Any ideas?

Answer:Streaming video playing problem with Broadband

my media player has been playing up this past few days also and dont know why as its all set up correctly to.mostly with the video trailers,it either sticks while buffering or i get the picture an no sound.

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I have been experiencing distorted color while trying to watch certain videos online. For example if I want to watch a video on the thumb nail and video advertisements are in color, but the video content from this and other sites plays in black and white or only in very dull colors. Even more confusing is the fact that this only occurs while my laptop is connected to the AC adapter. If the computer is unplugged the color returns to normal then goes back to black and white when the charger is reconnected.

I have tried updating all my drivers but it hasn't had any effect. 

Answer:Video Streaming Color Problem While Charging

What specific laptop model?How long have you had the laptop before the issue started?Is the AC adapter plugged directly into the wall outlet?Is that the original AC adapter that shipped with the laptop?

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There is a website(newtvworld) which allows to watch live tv channels over internet. But I have a problem that i can just stream few of them. The error which i receive is "Cannot load m3u8: Cross domain access denied". Someone suggested me to enable the "access data source across domains" in Miscellaneous option of security tab of Internet explorer. After doing that now I am receiving another error which mentions "405 method is not allowed" while having streaming. So what is the proper solution or by
which way i can do my work?

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Hi guys,

I get emails from Real all the time telling me new trailers and stuff to watch, so I clicked them and they start loading in Real Player (no. 10 btw) and when it's finished loading the audio streams perfectly, but the video is VERY slow frame rate and doesn't stream. It only picks up like every 50th frame or something and shows that.

I have a 150kbps ISDN broaband connection (and that's what was automatically detected by realplayer as my connection) I have also tried playing around with the bandwidth settings but none of it makes a difference.

Hope someone can help. I have a 2ghz speed, pentium 4 248MB ram and the broadband connection. it should stream fine...but it seems to have trouble with the video. I have all the updated drivers.


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Hi! Somehow, last week while I was sleeping, I lost the ability to view Netflix instant movies, TV Shows from sites like and, news video from Yahoo and CNN and also cannot hear the broadcast from my local radio station's web site (it's too fuzzy on my stereo). I use IE 6.

I first contacted Netflix support - 3 times - because that's where I initially encountered the problem. When trying to view films I got a Digital Rights Management error. The support people ran through all of their options with me. I also spent the week searching the Internet for solutions. I uninstalled (rolled back) Windows Media Player then installed WMP 11, reset Digital Rights Management, attempted to update my sound driver and maybe more.

It seems my OS is not recognizing the DRM reset. We tried renaming the file to "hide" it, but that hasn't worked.

Because I am unable to view TV episodes on several sites, Yahoo and CNN news videos, and cannot listen to the radio site (though I can hear general sounds on the PC ) the Netflix support people admitted they'd run out of ideas and advised me to contact OS support.

I welcome any ideas or suggestions. Thanks!

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I cannot view streaming audio and video files from webpages. i have the problem on both my firefox and internet explorer. On internet explorer it just shows a small red "X" on the side. On firefox it just shows a blank space where the media player was supposed to be embedded. My Media player works fine for playing all my offline media but it wont play any online media from other webpages. Can anybody help me with this.

Answer:Problem With Viewing Streaming Audio and Video on WMP in Browser

ive already updated my firefox and IE and installed the firefox plug-in for WMP.

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my ability to view vdeo requiring lincense verification
has been screwed up somehow...
when i click on the link at the source website to view the media player 10
automatically comes up and then the license aquisition window appears, but
before it can complete to keep the process moving along....a script error screen
appears and kills the process.
i have done a registry repair, a virus scan, and a spyware scan...and the problem still
exists...the odd thing is... a couple times a video played...but 48 out of 50 times this
same problem occured....i just don't get it.
i'm on win xp service pack 1 and ie 6.
i have attached a pic of this script error screen for reference and a logfile
of a scan.
please help me.. this is driving me nuts !!!!!

Answer:problem w/streaming video and digital rights management

Go to this folder: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\DRM

- Open Explorer to C:\Documents And Settings
- Click on Tools | Folder Options
- Click on the View TAB, and select "Show Hidden Files And Folders"
- Click Ok
- Click the "All Users" folder
- Rename the DRM folder to DRMOld

If the DRM folder still can't be found:
a. Click on Tools | Folder Options
b. Click on the View TAB, and Uncheck "Hide Protected operating system files (Recommended)"
c. Rename the DRM folder to DRMOld
Note: you can undo the View Options changes outlined in Step (b) if you want.

Then try again.

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After I installed NERO7 i can't play anymore window media player (Video streaming) over the internet.

When i uninstall NERO7 i can play the window player without any problem.

Anybody knows how to configure so that i can play WMP as my default for video streaming? Maybe NERO change my default video streaming.


Answer:Window Media Player Problem (Video Streaming)

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I'm having the exact same problem as who reported: "I have been experiencing distorted color while trying to watch certain videos online. For example if I want to watch [a video] the thumb nail and video advertisements are in color, but the video content from this and other sites plays in black and white or only in very [washed out] colors. Even more confusing is the fact that this only occurs while my laptop is connected to the AC adapter. If the computer is unplugged the color returns to normal then goes back to black and white when the charger is reconnected."
I'm using the factory AC adapter, plugged into the wall. I've tried updating "AMD Radeon R5" video drivers to no avail.
The problem started the day after warranty expired - I kid you not :[

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Just after I purchased this inspiron 13-5378 (intel core i7) immediately after setting everything up and running smoothly, I tested it by watching a few videos on youtube. I noticed that videos just stop loading and the whole chrome browser just hangs for a couple 10seconds if i "jump" along the playbar too quickly/repeatedly. Then the video would just show a green screen and I have to reload the page to continue watching. Was a bit shocked since it was a new PC, and that other than that it is much faster than my previous laptops (which were admittedly quite old, 5 years or more old haha)
This still occurs occasionally for about a month now. It's really irritating so i decided to post here. Is there anything i can do to fix it? Is it a problem with this model's weak graphics card? Do i have to upgrade to a new one to resolve this? 
Sorry, I'm not really a tech enthusiast so i'm quite unknowledgeable about this things. Any advice is very much appreciated. Thanks a lot! (:

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I'm running on very stable XP system (P4, 800 MHz bus, 1GB RAM, 120 GB fast HD). I'm currently interesting in making DVDs for my child (as a matter of fact I've already done 11 DVDs) and I'm editing video in Adobe Premiere.
What I can't understand is the video quality of the final video I produce. When I watch final DVD on the standalone DVD player, the picture quality is OK (of course is a bit worse then original video, but I'm satisfied), but playing this DVD on the same computer (and the same DVD burner) on which DVD is made - drives me crazy. The picture is good in the static scenes, but not in the moving ones. It's full of strobo like effects and criss-cross lines. It's not happening in the standalone players!
And what I'm more confused is that same thing is happening when I play original footage (microsoft DVD AVI compression): watching it in the Premiere monitor window when I edit - everything looks perfect, but playing the same video in another program (BS player or windows media player or ...) yields bad results which I described earlier. I conclude that it must be a driver problem, but it's my top. Anybody knows?
Thanks in advance.

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I have a system that all of a sudden does not display video after the W7 splash screen. This system has a graphics card in it and I had disabled the motherboards graphics port in the BIOS a couple years ago when I built it.

It has worked well ever since I built it but has changed due to either someone messing with it or maybe a windows update.

I currently have the system connected to a TV with an HDMI cable, but I have confirmed with an old monitor, it does the same using the VGA port.

I have also tried to repair using the Windows Repair Disk which strangely enough goes blank after the "Loading Files" screen.

All three options of safe mode stop after a certain amount of files that load. The screen does not go black here; it simply remains frozen with the file list showing.

I tried to do a fresh install of W10 and again goes black after the loading files.

Sorry I am being vague about the Hardware as I would typically look it up from the control panel and the boxes I had for the mother board, processor, GPU, etc are somewhere in the house and will have to find them.

Any ideas on what is going on? Maybe I need ot go into the bios and re-enable the onboard graphics and try that way.

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Well let me start by posting my system specs:

AMD 2200+
MSI K7N2 delta
768 MB 333DDR Kingmax
350w PS
MSI geforce4 4200ti 128 DDR
directx 9.0c

If there is anything else that anyone needs to know let me know.

OK so here is my problem, I am having some very strange video problems. I am a avid Condition Zero player and i simply cannot play right now. I am getting these crazy twitches an glitches from my video. I first assumed that the videocard was shot, but I sent it over to a friends house and tested the videocard with no problems whatsoever. So we thought perhaps it could be the RAM so again I borrowed some RAM and tried it but the same problem so I have to rule out the RAM. I have tried everything i can think of, video drivers etc... anyone have any good advice?

oh btw 3dmark 2001se won't even run......

Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Very strange video problem, need help.

Did you recently upgrade to directx 9? Have you tried unistalling and reinstalling it?

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I have Bearshare V 5.10 (same result with V5.25), no

router and Zone alarm V6.5.737 running on an XP

machine with dual core CPU and 1GB memory. For some

reason, any .avi file I download ends up as a Video

Clip format (what is this anyway). Any program I use

to play it only shows spiral lines and not the

video. I tried converting it to wmv and avi formats

using the program Super & ended up with junk. I

downloaded a file I downloaded a year ago which

played ok back then, but now ends up as a useless

Video Clip. I now suspect the problem may lie with

my computer because I got the same result using

utorrent to download a .avi file.
Please let me know if this can be resolved.

Answer:strange video problem

We do not provide help with P2P programs at TSG.

P2P Instructions - The purpose of P2P is to illegally trade copyrighted material. We do not support the use of P2P networks and any threads requesting help for them will be closed. This includes Kazaa, Bearshare, WinMX, and the like. If you're interested in the topic, you are free to discuss it on our site (and please visit, but information on how to use them will not be provided.

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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:

Answer:strange video problem

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I am having a strange problem with Media Center. I am using an ATI Theater Pro 650 tuner card connected to analog cable. Everything is perfect except for when the live TV picture is mostly white, I get a squealing sound, and the picture distorts a little. This is when the video stream is mostly white only.

I have the latest drivers for the tuner installed, and have tried old drivers as well.

Any ideas what would cause this?


Answer:Strange Video Problem

Whit picture means that there is a configuration problem with your TV tuner card.

Does your card accept analogue signals?

make sure you have it set to match your signal (PAL or NTSC)

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Ok I will do my best to cover this whole mess as quickly as possible.  For several months now I have been living with a very strange video problem.  Basically I cannot play any videos on my computer.  Windows media players says cannot open file.  Winamp does nothing, no error message, it literally does nothing at all when I click play.  The same goes for Intervideo and Quicktime.  Now the strange part is I can see streaming videos from sites like YouTube or sites that use their own embedded player but any site using Windows Media player doesnt work.  On those sites nothing happens at all, I can see the window for the player and even the controls but it never loads and no error messages.  I have uninstalled and reinstalled each player already with no results.  Oh and for some reason windows media player will not play MP3's either but iTunes and Winamp will.  I have no idea what is going on and its really starting to bug me.  If anyone has any ideas at all i would really appreciate it.  Thanks in advance, Dan.MY SPECS:Dell Inc. Dimension 8400Pentium 4 3.4ghz1 gig RamnVidia GeForce 7600 GTSB Audigy 2 ZS sound card

Answer:Very Strange Video Problem... Plz Help!!

DLoad and install VLC media player which is free and plays practically any format...See if this brings success.

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Hey- I just formatted my harddrive to clear out some old problems I was having. In the process I switched from win2kpro to XP. Everything starts fine to begin with, but after installing my linksys wireless card and restarting, the frequency gets all messed up, and I have no idea why. I'm in safe mode with networking at the moment. I've tried downloading the newest drivers, as well as powerstrip, but they do nothing. When I try to update windows, it hits me with [Error number: 0x8007043C] Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Video card: Nvidia Geforce MX/MX 400

Answer:Strange Video problem.

try to boot from safe mode and either reinstall your video driver or lower the hardware acceleration in display properties > settings > advance > troubleshoot.

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Well first off I am unsure if this is a hardware problem or just a problem with windows, but I figured id post here and see what I got.

Im running windows xp
The video card is a geforce 7300 gt

I recently bought a new monitor, a 19" Widescreen LCD one. A few times when i have been playing games the screen just freaks out and i get a bunch of different colors and stuff.. I quit out of the game and go back to the desktop and the screen is flashing and there are random horizontal lines going through the screen. The part of the screen with the time moves to the opposite side and i cant see the mouse. My video card is nothing special but it was able to handle the same games on my other monitor, a 17"crt and at decent resolution. The game wasnt running any slower or anything like that. Next time it does it ill check to see how warm the video card is but my computer usually runs pretty cool and it has done it when first starting the games.

It definitely has nothing to do with the monitor itself because I actually returned one because i had a dead pixel and it has done it on both.

Answer:strange video problem

It did it again, I pulled the video card out and its normal heat wise, its just a little warm but nothing to be concerned about.
This was supposed to be an edit to my original post but i accidentally put it here.. sry bout that

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I recently upgraded my GF4Ti to a 5700LE and am now having a very strange video problem.

First off I did uninstall the drivers before switching cards, and uninstalled the old card even though they both use the same driver.

When I try to view a video now, the video acts very strangely. The picture inside WMP actually moves around inside the viewing area like it's too big to fit and it's letting it scroll around inside the viewing area. But the picture IS the right size, when it scrolls off to the side, it just shows black and whatever corner of the picture remains in the viewing area. It moves opposite my mouse (for instance if i move the mouse to the right the picture slides off to the left of the viewing area) and only moves up and left or some combination of both.

Secondly when I full screen the video, i get very bad tearing, much like the wind effect in photoshop. This only happens when the video is centered, as even in full screen mode the video will move off to the left or up off the screen as if it's scrolling to show me more... but the picture is the right res.

I am running this throug DVI to a 2000FP (all hardware and software the same as before the card switch) and it's driving me insane! I like to watch videos on my computer a lot and this kills it for me!

I had the exact same tearing problem a few years back with a different video card (don't remember what one) and I don't remember how I fixed it. Any help is GREATLY appreciated... Read more

Answer:Strange video problem with 5700LE

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This question is being asked on behalf of a friend. They have a video file, MP4, that they can't seem to play or do anything with. I created the video file for them, so I know it is not dodgy with a virus or anything. It works fine on my PC, but on theirs it just acts as though it is not there even though it shows up in explorer.

I haven't been able to use their PC myself so I can only tell you what they have told me that they have tried. He says when he right clicks on the file it shows only a 1/4 of the properties that should be there when he right clicks on a working video file. Supposedly nothing happens at all when double left clicked, no error message, just nothing. I told him to try and use MediaInfo and other tools to view info on the file, but he just replies saying nothing happens when he tries it.

He uses AllPlayer to view video files, but has supposedly tried other video players and nothing works. I think they are using Windows XP.

I know this message is quite vague but that is all I know presently. Video file, MP4, wont play, has less properties on it than normal when right clicked, and other similar video files (with same codec) play fine. No error messages, nothing can be done with file.

If there are any suggestions I could tell them to try, then please let me know, thanks for your help in advance

Answer:Strange problem with MP4 video file !!

Tell them to try Haihaisoft Universal Player and choose to install the codecs that come with it (in the installation options). Right-click, Open With, and choose the player as default in case it got associated with something else. Or choose the mp4 association during setup.

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My media player(s) have a strange problem where All videos are black, with Rainbow colors and things like that. It happens on both WinAMP and Windows Media player.
any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Strange Rainbow Video Problem.

Sounds like a codec problem. What is the source of the vids you have problems with? Are they all from the same source? Is it only avi's and mpg, or are wmv's affected as well? Try going to, downloading and installing the latest dixv bundle. If you try playing divx compressed videos without the proper codec a problem like the one you describe can result.

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Hi. I haven't been here on hardforum much lately. Well, my system has devoloped quite an issue. Whenever I try to play a video, no matter which media player it's in (except quicktime), the video is zoomed in probably about 1000% to the center of the frame. I havent always had this problem, it just showed up a few months ago. Do you guys know of any solutions?

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I have an nvidia 6800 GT. Over the last couple of days my computer has been having problems booting up. Sometimes it will go all the way until Windows should be coming on the screen and just stop and go black. Othertimes, once turned on, the power light on the monitor will just flash as if there isn't a signal (but no "No signal detected" message on the screen.

As of today, all I get is the flashing light and black screen. I put the card in two friend's computers and it worked fine. I put 2 different old nvidia cards in this computer and both booted up fine.

When trying the 6800 in the computer again, I got the same problem.

We're all stumped.

Answer:Very strange video card problem...

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I have an odd problem with a new GPU card where I get no video signal on power up but as soon as Windows load the graphics driver, the monitor turns on. My system is self built and has been running fine until recently when I seemed to have a problem with the existing GPU, hence the warranty replacement. My system is:

Motherboard: GA-X58A-UD3R Rev 2.0
CPU: Intel I-7 950 @3.07GHz
Memory: 3*4GB Crucial DDR3
PSU: Coolermaster RS-850-SPHA-D3 850W: +3.3V:22A, +5V:25A, +12V:70A

Now I've already run through a swathe of tests and can confirm that all the components are working. Tried GTX 670 in another system and it works fine, tried an NVidia Quadro in the above system and it works fine - I see video from power up to Windows 7 login screen. I've tried different DVI cables and this makes no difference - the cables I am using are good.

Next, I have a KVM so I put both the GTX 670 and the Quadro into the system and cabled their DVI O/P to separate ports in the KVM. This is where the fun starts. NOTE: there is no onboard video so I need some way to see the BIOS and boot screens, hence this setup.

Some background on the motherboard. It has a BIOS setting that defines what PCI slot will be used as the initial display port. This can be set to PCI, PCI-E, slot 1 and PCI-E slot 2. As long as I put the Quadro in slot 1, I can use the PCI and PCI-E slot 1 BIOS settings and I will get video from power up but the GTX 670 does not produce a signal until Win... Read more

Answer:Strange video problem on boot

Seems the problem may lie with the card. After exhausting and eliminating all causes I could think of, the last thing I thought of to try was to connect to my TV using the HDMI socket on the card. This provides a video signal from power on but using the DVI socket I don't get video until Windows has loaded the GTX 670 driver.

Any ideas why the DVI socket is fine when I use the NVidia Quadro but doesn't provide a video signal in standard VGA when I use the 670?

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First off, my PC specs:

AMD Athlon X2 4400+
BFG GeForce 7800GTX OC
2GB Crucial Ballistix PC3200
Windows XP Home

Problem I am having is that recently I have noticed in just about every game an issue with the graphics being sort of accelerated. For example, I was playing Planetside and noticed that any moving animation or a picture of someone walking or something would be speeded up, like in fast forward or something. While walking in the game I was teleporting, sort of like lag issues but the game was progressing at the same rate I was just actually jumping forward very fast and moving fast. Looking from third person perspective the animation of my character running was also in fast forward. This has been happening in a lot of games, sometimes causing them to crash. This is a brand new PC and so I am sure it is not a hardware problem, probably just some setting I need to change. Any suggestions?

Answer:All Games - Strange Video Problem

Can you think of any changes made before this happened?..
Update or install anything new?... Drivers maybe?

BTW, Just because it's new doesn't mean things can't go bad..

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Got a wierd problem that hopefully somebody out there might be able to help me with. Got an avi file downloaded from digital camera - put it on my network and tried to run it using WMP v9, it wouldn't play (sound but no video), but if I play the same file copied from the network to a usb flash drive from the usb drive (or to local hd), it plays fine using WMP v9. So my question is what's stopping me playing this file from my network - any ideas?

Answer:Solved: Strange video problem

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Hi ,

I replaced my mobo by a a7n8x-x asus one, strange thing is that it doenst boot normally.

When i am in XP and do a restart than there is no problem at all.
But when i 'shut down' the system , i cant get it booted up no more.
It keeps checking for 'analog or dvi ' connection , it finds no signal and it hangs.

solution : a very strange one, if i turn off the PSU with the switch at the back, wait for a few seconds, turn it on again..............i can boot up again with no problem whatsoever !!!!!!!!!!!!

VERY strange i think, its like the psu keeps somthing powered when 'shutted down' that prevents my system of 'seeing' my graphics card orso, i dunno....

any solution???
pls pst asap


Answer:A7n8x-x very strange problem, video

Need more info on your system

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I am trying to install an ATI Radeon 9200 PCI video card on my Acer Aspire 1845 and I am not having any success! I believe I have read every other thread but have not found my exact problem  Here's my senerio: I install the card and when I boot up all I have is a black screen. It also seems that it is hanging up on the Acer boot up screen, because my keyboard does not kick in however, I have lights on everything else (floppy drive, CD/Rom Drive). I can also hear the Hard Drive functioning and my fan is spinning. My BIOS does not have an option to disable the onboard graphics but I have tried to disable through device manager and that does not change anything. I have also changed my current display adapter to the standard VGA PCI and same thing. I have deleted the display adapter , shut down, installed new card and still same thing! I do see jumper settings on my MOBO for it however according to my jumper layout they are not listed and therefore cannot be changed. Heres my current info:Windows '98MOBO:V58XA (ACER or ALI)160MB Ram300MHz AMD-K6 ProcessorI have searched and have not been able to locate any BIOS updates at all. Acer seems to have pretty much dropped the older systems completely as far as any help goes. I have been on the FTP sites on found just about everyother MOBO but absolutely no info for a V58XA. It's like it never existed!  I am going nuts trying to think of any other options or maybe I am just missing the obvious! Help will be greatly appreciated!... Read more

Answer:Strange Video Card Problem

Do you have enough RAM to support your videocard? Have you tried different PCI slots?  Have you perhaps exposed the card to magnetic forces?

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Hi All, two days ago I bought U350 model and unfortunately I already have problems... Today I played a video and I noticed that sometimes it stops the video and audio for a couple of seconds and then continue. More rarely the sound just stops and returns only if I re-open the file. I also noticed that the computer very often loses sound when I am moving it( gently pushing that bottom right part - near the battery - around 80% of the cases).Today my winamp crashed and made some horrible sound. No Ctrl-Alt-Del worked. I had to kill it by the Power button. I guess that this is hardware problem but I am not sure that I can reproduce it correctly in a service Can anyone help me explain what's the problem/solution so I can get it fixed? It has 2 year warranty..Regards,Tsveti


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Answer:U350 strange sound/video problem

Hi again,I am highly HIGHLY disappointed by Lenovo....No technician answers to the forum...Tomorrow I am going to the shop to return it....It is impossible to watch a movie if the laptop is in your lap....Neve again Lenovo

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I am having a problem just after Windows loads onto Desktop. It Seems that then my screen goes black but with a lot of squiggly differently colored lines and then a blue screen for a brief moment with a ton of code. The computer restarts itself at this point and goes through the same process. Now this exact problem does not end up in a restart always. Every three times of doing this or so it will do the lines and stuff but then go to my Desktop Screen but without loading the Speaker button and my Safely remove hardware icon on the bottom of the screen + Nothing will function if clicked on by mouse. Finally my monitor will say no display for about 5 seconds then it will come back and everything loads and is working fine.
I have tried numerous things such as reverting back to old Nvidia drivers. Checking all conections and reseating Video cards and Memory along with trying all slots available and each individually. I recently had installed Age of Conan 3 day early access. I had also just aired out the inside and dusted the fans on my video cards. And yes i was grounded with a good wrist strap and in the kitchen. Any help would be greatly appreciated. System Specs below:

P5N32-Sli SE Deluxe
(2) 7800 GT's in SLI
1 Gig OCZ DDR2 PC3200
(2) Hardrives in Raid 0


Answer:Solved: Strange video problem after startup

Solved After doing some more troubleshooting just ended up being a bad driver somehow

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I recently began to have problems with my pc shutting down on its own from time to time. Then my pc would restart itself, but when it rebooted there would be no video signal and no beeps. Fans run, but the hard drive appears to run and then do nothing. This happens while using onboard or agp video card.The strange part is this. If I take the CMOS battery out of the mobo and let the BIOS reset, it boots up and runs perfectly.I now leave the battery out to avoid the hassle of this happening everytime I restart my pc.I noticed a capacitor, I think, in the row next to the CPU, that looks like the top is raised a little. Could this cause the video problem with CMOS?Why does it work when the CMOS is reset?What could I do to repair this, since these mobos are relatively hard to find now?

Answer:K8MM-V Mobo, strange video problem

Hardware questions belong in the hardware forum.

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I have Opera browser v 42.0 and have installed an extension that allows Youtube videos to be played in an HTML5 player.

The strange thing is tht when I try to go to a Youtube page and play a video, I get no sound at all despite all the volume controls being up ( player, Windows and sub woofer's volume controls are all set to medium). So I try to play an MP3 file on my SSD drive using VLC player. Sound comes ut of the speakers, so I go back to the Youtube video and try to play it again and I get sound!! This has been happening for a few days now. The omly way for me to hear sound on Youtube videos is for me to play anMP3 file first.

Answer:Strange Youtube video sound problem

Have you tried another browser ?

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Hello everyone!

I recently came across a strange issue with my Windows 8.1 install. After some months working, the when i woke up the screen, sometimes the monitor glithces (boxes show up on screen) when something is refreshing on the screen, nothing when im not moving the mouse (doing nothing) on screen. It does it onlywhen im waking up the screen (not waking from sleep)

I did several tests accourding to the GPU power supply errors but nothing. Now i set the screen off timer to never and manually turning off the monitor.

What should be my next step with it? Its strange to me that it only does it in this situation, graphical performance in games, video editing is flawless.

The specs are :
Asus mobo
Core i7 2660k
8GB Corshair ram
Asus HD7750-DCSL-1GD5 GPU
Eizo 2111W display

Thanks for the help

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about a week ago, i decided to reinstall warhammer: dawn of war. Well, obviously I needed to get the latest patch, and found some website you could download it from. I did so, it is an .exe file. It didnt seem to really work. I then started the game, to find you could just update it through multiplayer, and it worked fine. I quit, then went to delete the file I had downloaded to my desktop. Seemed simple enough, but it wont let me delete it, says its being used by another person/program. this was the case even after a reboot, and uninstalling the game. Finally, i tried booting up in safe mode, thinking for sure i could get rid of it there. No dice. Maybe it's no big deal, but i would like to get rid of it. Also, the fact that it's so difficult to get rid of makes me wonder if its doing something its not supposed to be. I mean its just a patch file, why the hell is it constantly running?

The file name is DOW-140-141 (presumably meaning Dawn of War that patches version 1.40 to 1.41).

strangely enough, i go to properties of this file, and it has 8 tabs, not just the usual 2 or 3 i am used to seeing. all sorts of stuff: general, misc, compatability, program, screen, etc.

Anyone have any ideas?

Answer:strange problem w/patch file for video game

just giving a bump here to see if anyone has heard of something like this. I expect the file is an MS-DOS deal, but I don't see why it's running or why I can't delete it.

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A client of mine has a little quirky problem with their computer. When they run iTunes, a lot of colors (background behind text or album art) is wrong. To me it almost looks like their video card is trying to generate 3D visuals that it's not actually capable of doing. I don't remember the exact card that's in the PC, but I think it had 32MB of ram.

Attached is a screenshot to show an example of what their iTunes looks like. Has anyone ever seen something like this before? How might it be fixed?

Answer:Solved: Strange problem with iTunes (looks like a video issue)

Thanks to google, I figured it out. The video has to be set to 32-bit color pallet. Anything lower than that will cause problems.

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When I turn on my computer the graphics are not normal in the sense it lacks background colors and the fonts are larger than normal. After about 1/2 hour everything returns to normal size and colors. It does this to internet as well as program screens. It is not fatal, just very annoying. I am using XP Home on a HP Pavilion XL759 with M70 monitor. I use MyIE2 but had the problem before adopting it. I recently upgraded my onboard video to a card and I still get the same effect.

Another problem I have is that I cannot reboot after a crash without disconnecting my USB mouse. I use a Microsoft USB Optical Intellimouse. I tried different USB ports without any success.

Final problem My system is pretty stable except when I use the mouse to scroll down the screen using a window's scroll bars. Sometimes the system will freeze up and I have to reboot (and experience problem #2 if I do not disconnect the mouse).

None of these problems are life threatening. Just bumps on the highway of life. Any help will be appreciated.

Answer:Strange video behavior/Mouse problem/Freeze-up

Take a peek in Display Properties and make sure the resolution and refresh rates are set correctly.

As for the USB mouse mouse problems, get a USB - PS/2 conversion plug and run the mouse from the PS/2 mouse port. For some reason(s) USB mice seem to cause a lot of problems for many (not all) people. Or, you could say to yourself, "Now is a good time to invest in a cordless optical mouse."

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Well, it's not a problem (now). I'm playing old games and i got lags in places, where are many of 3D models and I'm having white spots/dots on them. Here's the pic:

Do I need to reinstall my Windows? Do i need to change my graphics card? Please, help me.

P.S. I didn't clean my PC engine about for years (from dust), it could be a problem?

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My System Specs:

Processor: Intel (R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 2.27 Ghz.
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 1302 MB.
RAM: 4,00 GB.
OS: Windows 7 Professional.
DirectX: 10,0.

Answer:Intel i3 Video Card?Driver? Strange Problem

Quote: Originally Posted by gregaras

Well, it's not a problem (now). I'm playing old games and i got lags in places, where are many of 3D models and I'm having white spots/dots on them. Here's the pic:

Do I need to reinstall my Windows? Do i need to change my graphics card? Please, help me.

P.S. I didn't clean my PC engine about for years (from dust), it could be a problem?

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My System Specs:

Processor: Intel (R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 2.27 Ghz.
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 1302 MB.
RAM: 4,00 GB.
OS: Windows 7 Professional.
DirectX: 10,0.

If the specs move with the models and their textures, it just looks like anomalies that the graphics card for whatever reason can't display right. If this doesn't do it on new games, I wouldn't be worried.

And it's always a good idea to keep a clean PC

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