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    D...D...D...DVD...p-p-p-playback

    I bet you can't guess from the subject line that I'm asknig why I am getting a stuttering effect with DVD playback.

    New to the world of PC-DVD players, I treated myself to a Creative Labs DVD-Ovation drive and the Matrix. So far so good. The drive went in easily and installed, no problem there. B-b-b-b-b-but,

    When you play back a DVD movie, it goes OK for a few moments and then stutters. Hard. Audio and video are disrupted, and then it recovers for the next five minutes or so - and then we have it all over again. There is no decoder card with this drive, just the WinDVD software that came packaged with it. These five-minute stutters are the worst, but during playback it occasionally acts up as well, but not to the point of ch-ch-ch-choking.

    Any ideas on how to fix this nastiness? Should I be using a decoder card for the drive? The system specs are as follows:

    Athlon Thunderbird 1.2GHz
    512MB DDR SDRAM
    GeForce 2 GTS/32MB DDR
    Creative SB Live! MP3+5.1

    WTF?? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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    Re: D...D...D...DVD...p-p-p-playback

    Windows has a nasty thing, the Hardware Acceleration for your video card, try dragging this down a few notches and see if it resolves your problem.

    With your card, you shouldn't need it at all.

    Right Click Wallpaper | Properties | Settings | Advanced | Performance | Hardware Acceleration.

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    Re: D...D...D...DVD...p-p-p-playback

    Zoinks, I forgot to mention - this is under Windows 2000, so there is no acceleration option to ratchet back. Since this machine is a dual boot, I will try installing the software under 98SE and see what happens there.

    Also of note, I disabled just about every non-essential service and program.....server, messenger, NAV AutoProtect, nothing running in the tray. It's definitely not a memory issue, since the OS is responsive....maybe I shoulda just bought one for the entertainment center instead of the PC? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: D...D...D...DVD...p-p-p-playback

    >> this is under Windows 2000, so there is no acceleration option to ratchet back

    Er... if I select Advanced then Troubleshooting I have a nice big ratchet facility !
    (It may of course be my adapter.)

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    Re: D...D...D...DVD...p-p-p-playback

    <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> My DVD came with puter (DVD-ROM)..have only used it 2x for gdkid's movie..no probs...
    Just maybe you got a lemon DVD player? I know that sounds dumb...but if all else fails...then other than updated driver,tweaks,etc...would be last idea. <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>

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    Re: D...D...D...DVD...p-p-p-playback

    Mus' be your adapter.... I have all kinds of neat little tweaks and settings in the properties pages but none for acceleration. I plan to shoot an email to nVidia but since they have a page that specifically mentions how great the GeForce2 GTS is for DVD playback, I bet dollars to donuts they tell me to contact Creative instead....which I've done and am still awaiting a response on.

    The properties page does warrant close inspection though, in case I'm missing something. Something to keep me busy tonight!

    Bada boom, sholda just bought one that hooked up to the TV!!!!
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    Re: D...D...D...DVD...p-p-p-playback

    I don't think it's a lemon, it plays CDs well snough, and MPG video clips from CD as well. Since it's an add-on, maybe it's the numnuts that built the system? <img src=/S/bingo.gif border=0 alt=bingo width=15 height=22> But I am NOT going to say who that was. {{{whistling}}}
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    Re: D...D...D...DVD...p-p-p-playback

    <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> we need a numnuts smilie <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>
    But seriously...does this happen with just movie dvds?
    Maybe something that controls the laser that 'reads' the dvd is <img src=/S/beep.gif border=0 alt=beep width=15 height=15>ed up?..you say 'plays CDs well enough'..is that just ok or 'hmmmm could be better'???
    I don't know anything about electronics/puters,etc..but just 'female intuition'...also grasping at straws, if you will. <img src=/S/innocent.gif border=0 alt=innocent width=20 height=20>

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    Re: D...D...D...DVD...p-p-p-playback

    <hr>something that controls the laser that 'reads' the dvd is *ed up?..<hr>

    Perhaps - but if that was the case I don't think it would read the movie data at all. The picture is sharp and clear, the sound is exceptional - it just st..st..st..stutters!

    I'm leaning towards one of two things: the way Windows 2000 deals with it, or the WinDVD software that came with the drive. I suspect there's better DVD software around.....but I have no idea what it might be.
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    Re: D...D...D...DVD...p-p-p-playback

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29>
    Maybe it is the software that is at fault...guess it's time to head out to the website then...good luck <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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    Re: D...D...D...DVD...p-p-p-playback

    I have seen similar troubles with a hardware demanding game, Myst Exile.
    {Yep, I am a gamer, when I have time!}


    The problem most affects AMD chips.

    It is sometimes the video card that needs a tweak and sometimes the soundcard.
    AMD apparently does less work (helping the output) than does Intel.

    You could try Start>run> [type in] dxdiag
    and look for dud settings.

    The sound card may not be set at max acceleration, for example?
    Run the video tests and see if you are fully functional?

    Good luck!

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    Re: D...D...D...DVD...p-p-p-playback

    For what it's worth : I have a very similar problem. In 98SE DVDs are perfect, in Win2k they are prone to frame drop now and again - not as serious as yours, but noticeable. My warnings seem to point to the sound card (on-board) not being up to the required tolerance. Also, check that DMA is set (or 'if available') for your IDE controller in Device Manager.

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    Re: D...D...D...DVD...p-p-p-playback

    First let me say thanks to everyone for the suggestions - the Lounge is great!

    I wanted to let you all know that I finally got the st-st-st-st-stuttering to STOP. Turns out that the IDE controller was set to PIO mode, and when it was set to "DMA if available", one reboot later I was watching the Matrix in stutter free glory!

    Again, thanks to all of you for the suggestions.....and if you buy a DVD player, get one for the TV, not the computer <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
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    Re: D...D...D...DVD...p-p-p-playback

    I guess I was lucky - my 'puter came with a DVD player - never been a problem <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: D...D...D...DVD...p-p-p-playback

    But now you can use DVD data disks. You can say goodbye to most multi cd distributions (eg. MS TechNet).

    You also get the advantage of real high definition on your PC without buying a new HD TV.

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