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    QuickTime Advice

    Just a few days ago, I mentioned that I'd had a real BSOD for the first time in many years ( <post:=635,660>post 635,660</post:> ). Although I put it down as a fluke, in the past few days "something" gets hold of my machine and slows it down to a crawl. I've run the usual spyware and virus checks, etc. and when it happens, even getting the Task Manager window to open can sometimes take a full minute or two. When it does, there doesn't seem to be anything chewing on my processor, for I'll see 95%-plus system free. The only thing I saw new in there was an Apple program, whose name I don't remember. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

    Which brings me to my question. I had recently downloaded and installed the latest 7.1.3 version of QuickTime because every once in awhile I visit a site that plays an AVI and was having occasional trouble with browser lockup in that area. The 7.1.3 version installed fine, but yesterday I un-installed it to see if QuickTime is the culprit in my recent slowdowns. What I'm looking for is tips or advice on the running or installation of QuickTime - do's or don'ts if you will.

    The funny thing is, the slowdown starts at some random time when I might be doing nothing and usually a re-boot (sometimes it takes two) will clear it up. Today, I'm obviously watching closely to see if the removal of QuickTime helped or not...

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    Re: QuickTime Advice

    Al,

    QuickTime has been a product that has been reviled by some Windows users throughout its history. I've never had the instability problems that I've seen others complain about. My general advice would be do NOT install the version with i-Tunes unless you have to and do install with all the defaults. BTW, are you going to start another thread about your slowdown?

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    Re: QuickTime Advice

    Thanks for the comments, Joe. I guess I didn't pay attention on the Apple page, but I already have iTunes installed since I've occasionally bought a few songs from them. I am pretty sure I DID change some of the defaults when I did the install, for I didn't want QT taking over all the audio/video associations. So, I don't know if that was a mistake or not.
    <hr>...are you going to start another thread about your slowdown? <hr>
    Hadn't planned on it. Why do you ask (did I miss something along the way)?

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    Re: QuickTime Advice

    Al,

    I'm sure that I've changed the file association defaults also. Sorry, I just meant any of the install location, cache location, etc. As far as your slowdown goes I wasn't sure from the thread title hear if you wanted to get into that or were just soliciting QT advice.

    Slowdown issues
    Were you trying to access any network resources? That can take a very long time to timeout if something is not available.
    You weren't running Microsoft Update were you? That also really seems to slow down some PCs.

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    Re: QuickTime Advice

    Thanks for the clarification, Joe. So far, after about 24 hours, I'm a bit convinced that QuickTime was doing something to cause the slowdown I was experiencing. Since I've removed it, the problem (so far) hasn't returned. Unless someone has some tips-and-tricks for safely running QT or an alternative program for viewing AVIs, I think I'll wait a few days to make sure I'm OK and maybe try the install again, a little more carefully this time.

    From past experience, for example, the general "rule of thumb" was to disable QTTASK from running at startup as it was unnecessary and a slowdown hog. I so far can't find anything else one can use to deal with AVI files. I'll keep looking...

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    Re: QuickTime Advice

    Al,

    You may want to check out Free-Codecs.com : QuickTime Alternative 1.77 : QuickTime Alternative will allow you to play QuickTime files (.mov, .qt and other extensions) without having to install the official QuickTime Player.. I had this installed on a couple of PCs for a while. It seemed to work fine except for a irritant that when you manually skipped forward or backward it would sometimes lose the sound. On the PC I have at work I just went ahead and installed QT and disabled QTTASK. I so seldom use it I figured it probably wouldn't do any damage to my system.

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    Re: QuickTime Advice

    Al,

    I just noticed that there is a new release of QuickTime - 7.1.5. You can get it ati Apple - QuickTime - Download.

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    Re: QuickTime Advice

    Boy, I kinda hope that's an indicative coincidence. Thanks Joe, I've downloaded it but I'm still gonna hang in without QT until the weekend to make sure I'm running clean before I do the install.

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    Re: QuickTime Advice

    I have QuickTime installed on my machine and always keep it updated to the latest version. It is useful for those websites that rely on it and I believe I have it set as the default player for avi files. But the one thing I always do (after reinstalls or upgrades) is disable the QT startup file [I forget what it's called]. I do try to keep my systray clean as I can. I use Startup Mechanic to disable the QT [and other] startup routines, except for the ones I find absolutely necessary.

    I like Startup Mechanic but there are probably a thousand other ways to manage Windows startup and systray programs...you probably have something already.
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    Re: QuickTime Advice

    I appreciate the tip, Ricky. And now, to you and Joe - I found the guilty sucker this morning just before I had to leave for work! It ain't QuickTime, that's fer sure. But I did download the latest w/o iTunes and will give it another go in the next few days. First:

    It's that <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> Nero "family" that I reported about in <post:=626,390>post 626,390</post:>. This morning upon arising, I did nothing other than email reading and web browsing from about 5 AM until I got ready to leave at 11 AM. Everything was fine and the machine was perking right along. All of a sudden, everything ground almost to a standstill. I was here in The Lounge reading posts and such and the browser acted like I was running a 20 year old machine. QUICKLY, I opened Task Manager and this time I got there fast enough to catch the culprit! It did take Task Manager about a minute to open, but when it did and I checked the CPU column, there was <big>NMBgMonitor.exe</big> jumping up and down in the 50-75% CPU ranges.

    I terminated it, along with NeroCheck, and went to MSCONFIG and disabled both, then rebooting the machine back to a more normal function. I don't know whassup with Nero, but I'm going back over to my Nero thread and post this information there also, thus beginning my "hunt" for what I can do to quash this critter or dump the (beloved) program.

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    Re: QuickTime Advice

    Al,

    Well, I'm glad you found something even though it is leading you down another path. Here's hoping that will be short and sweet.

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    Re: QuickTime Advice

    Al,

    See: My reply here.

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    Re: QuickTime Advice

    I'm glad you found the "bad guy".

    I just took a peek a the Disabled Items list in my Startup Mechanic program and sure enough, "neroFilterCheck.exe" was one of the 19 items I had disabled some time ago. Fortunately, I had already disabled Scout some other way <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15> . FWIW, a large number of items in the disabled list were MusicMatch and Adobe related...

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    Re: QuickTime Advice

    Al and Joe mentioned disabling QTTASK, so I wrote to ask how to do that. Joe answered
    as follows, and suggested posting it (partly to encourage anyone with further ideas to post here).
    "In QuickTime go to Edit | Preferences | QuickTime Preferences | Update and make sure the "check for updates automatically" box is clear."
    So QTTASK refers to the update facility.
    Thanks!

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