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Topic # 32089 11-Apr-2009 22:24
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Right, i am trying to watch movies on my windows PC, annoyingly no DVD's will play. Although they used too.

WMP plays video without audio, VLC plays choppy audio and video as does Nero Showtime. However, CD's, MP3 and all digital media including video play perfectly.

Now my drive was set to region 2 and all my DVD's are region 4, so in goes eragorn and set drive to region 4? yes, brilliant away it goes. Now a few weeks later i put in T3: Rise Of The Machines and my DVD looks like it has been in the blender, a few more DVD's go past and after checking with the Xbox 360 (worked) it is determined that something has gone bonk.

I have spent a few hours now googling and trying out the various suggestions, i have done the following;

Reset DVD Region To 2 - Chopped Region 2 DVD's
Reset To Region 4 - Nope
Uninstall DIVX Pack
Uninstall K-Lite Codec Pack Mega
Install Newest K Lite Codec Pack Full
Update Drivers Sound Card, Graphics Card - Latest
Check DirectX Version - Latest
Defrag Harddrives
Run Memory Checks
Run Error Checks
Run Anti Virus Scans
Bang Head Off Desk Repeatedly
Swear Colorfully Enough To Guarantee Rapid Transit To Hell

Now thats this is all done, here are the specs (That are needed)

Asus 9600GT Series Graphics Card
Asus P5E-V HDMI Motherboard (Onboard Sound)
4gb Corsair Bonded Ram
Intel 3.0Ghz Core 2 Duo Processor
Atapi DVD A DH20A3P Optical Drive (Firmware Version XP5Z)

Now my PC is in a Antec 1200 Gaming case, so it has so many fans it stays cool, so overheat damage is ruledout. DVD Drive burns perfectly, and plays CD's.


If someone can take the time out to help me here, because i have exausted my knowledge and skills in this task!

PS Im going on a 4 day trip on monday, i will review thread before monday and after thursday evening.

Thanks for all your time so far and hopefully int the future!

Chris

>> Note: CPU Load Increases Dramatically During Choppy Playback





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  Reply # 206508 11-Apr-2009 22:38
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Have you checked graphics card drivers? I would install the latest from nvidia, if that doesnt work perhaps try your luck using the latest from here.

Sounds like you've done all the right things codec wise for WMP and VLC doesnt need anything to run so I doubt its a codec issue.

Is CPU load very high when the system is at idle?

Lastly make sure your DVD drive has DMA enabled



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  Reply # 206509 11-Apr-2009 22:48
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Everything is DMA if Applicable

I am now trying the latest NVidea Drivers off that website, will report back

CPU Idle Load - Negligible wobbles between 1 and 4%, occasional 54% spike so normal (i have a few background apps running on idle hence the spikes, but they are rare)

>> Ok, didnt work, nice shiny new drivers, and nothing new on the DVD front. Thanks for your advice.

Any Other Ideas?




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  Reply # 206549 12-Apr-2009 13:49
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Okay maybe remove all additional codecs that youve installed (the klite codec pack etc)
Then try and install ffdshow directly. 

Regarding VLC which version are you using? Can I recommend you try 0.8.6 from here  instead of the newer 0.9




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  Reply # 206552 12-Apr-2009 14:34
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I have the newest VLC, whyt does the old one make a difference?

I will try the direct ffdshow install asap and report back, will bump thread upon return




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  Reply # 207458 17-Apr-2009 07:34
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It does sound like a DMA issue.

You say everything is set to DMA if Available, but under that, it should tell you the actual transfer speed. Most DVD drives should be on DMA mode 2 or above (or Multi-word DMA). If it says in the Advanced Properties of the IDE controller that the transfer speed is set to PIO mode then removing that controller from device manager and rebooting should fix it.



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  Reply # 207559 17-Apr-2009 12:49
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i have 3 entries for primary IDE channel and 3 for secondary IDE channel.

One of each reads (device 0) ultra DMA mode 5, the rest read not applicable, the primary reads ultra mode etc and also under device 1  it reads PIO mode




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  Reply # 207732 18-Apr-2009 09:54
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The one that says Device 1 - PIO mode - means that your DVD drive is plugged in as a slave drive on that IDE cable and is running at PIO mode (very slow transfer speed). This is your problem. You need to remove this controller from device manager. Just right click on it and choose remove (or press delete while it is highlighted). Reboot your computer and it will automatically reinstall. Hopefully with the DVD drive at DMA speed instead of PIO. This will sort your DVD skipping issues.



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  Reply # 207792 18-Apr-2009 15:47
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aye that fixed it, thanks for your time and help!




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