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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-20-2007, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Unhappy Windows media player bug

Hello,

Whenever I watch a DVD using Windows media player, the little green light of my harddrive starts flickering on and off. At the same rate the light flickers, Windows media player pauses and makes a 'rrrrr' sound. This doesn't happen with movie files from the internet, only with DVDs. Does anybody know what the problem is?

Kind regards,
Myst

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-20-2007, 06:55 PM
 
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Re: Windows media player bug

just use bsplayer to watch dvds.
it's really awesome, due to great amount of codecs.

http://www.bsplayer.org/

it's free of course
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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-20-2007, 07:07 PM
 
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Re: Windows media player bug

Media player is the worst for watching dvd's, 99% of the cheap players are the same codec and program with different skins so they all work equally well. You could also buy the nvidia or ati codecs.
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post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-20-2007, 09:03 PM
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Re: Windows media player bug

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Does anybody know what the problem is?
Yes. It's sh!t!

WMP... Urrrgghh!

Media Player Classic, please. It comes with Real Alternative and Quicktime Alternative. It is based on WMP 6.4 (before it got extremely bloated).

http://www.free-codecs.com/download/...lternative.htm

http://www.free-codecs.com/download/...lternative.htm
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post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-21-2007, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Windows media player bug

So it is not possible to solve this problem? Darn. I like the WMP. The picture quality is really good, I think.

I've also got this other player, called 'Acer arcade'. It works properly, but the picture quality is a bit lower than the WMP.

Anyways, thanks for the help and the links, guys. I will definetly check 'em out.

Kind regards,
Myst

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post #6 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-21-2007, 12:24 PM
 
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Re: Windows media player bug

You could be having a buffering issue in that you don't have enough ram so the drive is being accesed almost directly for the data as opposed to caching the data.
The other thing is your drive's optics could be dirty and not reading the discs optimally.
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post #7 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-21-2007, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Windows media player bug

That might be true. I can't seem to find info about how much I have, though. I'll look into it.

In the late 90s, having 32 MBs of RAM was a very common. How much RAM is most seen in computers nowadays?

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post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-28-2007, 12:16 PM
 
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Re: Windows media player bug

512 Meg to 2 GB is normal anymore.
Right click on "My Computer" and then properties.
You'll see it toward the bottom 1/2 of the window.
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post #9 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-28-2007, 06:26 PM
 
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Re: Windows media player bug

i know the cause.
you have a pc!!!
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post #10 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-28-2007, 06:48 PM
 
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You could be having a buffering issue in that you don't have enough ram so the drive is being accesed almost directly for the data as opposed to caching the data.
The other thing is your drive's optics could be dirty and not reading the discs optimally.

+1. Your RAM size might be small. So what the computer does is that it creates an additional pages on the hard disk to store the files that could not load on to your RAM (because lack of RAM space). Once the processor had processed data on your RAM and requires the next page of data, it will be taken from the additional pages created on the hard disk. The concept is called Paging. The process will go continue, to and fro from hard disk to RAM. That is why so you can see the hard disk light flashing continously because your hard disk is busy running the process.
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i know the cause.
you have a pc!!!
LMAO!!
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post #12 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-01-2007, 04:14 AM
 
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just use bsplayer to watch dvds.
it's really awesome, due to great amount of codecs.

http://www.bsplayer.org/

it's free of course
Yes and it includes free spyware. AVOID! Use Media Player Classic.

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post #13 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-01-2007, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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512 Meg to 2 GB is normal anymore.
Right click on "My Computer" and then properties.
You'll see it toward the bottom 1/2 of the window.
I did that just now. It said that I have 504 MBs of RAM. My processor has a clockspeed (?) of 1.7 GHz. I suppose that's pretty normal, then. Maybe I can 'defrag' (?) my harddrive. Maybe that will speed the thing up.

Thanks for all the help so far, guys. I appreciate it.

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post #14 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-01-2007, 09:44 AM
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Re: Windows media player bug

If you must use WMP, then at least use nothing newer than 10. Version 11 is loaded with bugs, and is a wretched piece of ****.
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post #15 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-01-2007, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Windows media player bug

I get these little messages every now and then, asking me if I want to update WMP. But I always say no. Just like upgrading Windows explorer to 7.0 or something. It looks ghastly. So I stick to the current one.

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