Re: Window Media Player Playing Movies Very Slowly

Hmm, well I'm sorry to say I've run out of ideas now.

I did have a machine once with poor playback, it turned out that even
though the Graphics drivers were OK, the GART drivers (for the NVidia
motherboard chipset which hooked up the AGP bus) weren't installed.

Other than that - sorry, I think we've covered everything and I'm
stumped. Real player is pretty good now, you know, and it plays prety
much everything without complaint...

Cheers - Neil

On Sun, 13 Jul 2008 20:44:06 -0700, Greg
<Greg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

It is o frames skipped or dropped and Actual Frames per a second are at

Under properties it says:

Bit Rate :979 Kbps
Media Type: Video
Video Size 720x480
Aspect Ration Unknown
Audio Codec: Windows Media Audio 9.1
VBR Quality 75, 44 kHz, Stereo 1-pass VBR
Video Codec: Windows Media Video 9

"Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media]" wrote:

Hmm I'm a bit stumped.

OK so as you know the base score references the lowest sub score,
which for yours is excellent, and rules out any dud component.

It's easiest to work out what's up by checking the playback stats,
mostly because there are various (subjective) ways to describe

If you do CTRL+M to show menus, play your video back then go View ->
Statistics -> Advanced, are there any frame drops and does the actual
content frame rate run at 25 or 29.997 fps ?

And for a typical file demonstrating this problem, what's the list of
values under File -> Properties ?

Cheers - Neil

On Sat, 12 Jul 2008 00:25:00 -0700, Greg
<Greg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

"Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media]" wrote:
The Base Score is 5.0.

The specs I have are:

I have 2GB of Ram
a geforce 8800 GTX PCI Express card
intel Quad Core 2 CPU 2.66GHZ (4 CPUS)

I also have a raid drive of 2 hard drives.

This was all working fine until I was playing a wmv in fullscreen mode and
it crashed the computer, then I reloaded the machine and Windows Media player
is now hosed.

Also in device manager my Graphics and sound card both show up and there are
no conflicts.


I'd check at least that you have up to date, and definitely installed
drivers, in case something went titsup (though DXVA would be expected
to be unavailable or disabled, I haven't tried that step).

A modern machine will have no problems with playing regular video,
though some may still have issues with HD (1080p and sometimes 720p)

What's the actual machine spec you have ?
And whats the "Vista performance score" showing ?

Having no audio too sounds like something really bad. At this point
I'd be hitting Device Manager to check if any devices are disabled or
conflicting and causing side effects.

I haven't actually managed to get SP1 on the Vista box here (long
story, might be reinstall indicated) so I can't say for sure if there
aremajor side effects, though it's somewhere between possible and
likely for some users.

Cheers - Neil

On Wed, 9 Jul 2008 23:45:01 -0700, Greg
<Greg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I checked under options menu and directx acceleration was still checked, I
tried unchecking and rechecking it. I also check my display settings and it
says it is Generic Monitor on my Geforce card so it seems to be detecting my
graphics card just fine. Anything else I can try? It also won't have any
audio on mp3s and it seems like avis are busted too.

"Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media]" wrote:

On Tue, 1 Jul 2008 01:43:00 -0700, Greg
<Greg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


I recently was watching a WMV and it crashed Windows Media Player and since
it was in full screen mode, it crashed my computer. Then I restarted the
computer and now all movies play really slow in Windows Media Player. they
play fine in all other players and I have ran a virus scan and spyware scans
and they all come up clean. Is there any way to fix this or repair Windows
Media Player without having to do any restoring?

I am running on 32-Bit VISTA Machine with Windows Media Player 11 and Vista
Service Pack 1.

My guess would be something has either disabled the DXVA (video
acceleration) setting in WMP itself, as a result of the crash, or the
display drivers themselves have been detected as incompatible or
somehow broken, and Vista has switched those off and gone to generic
drivers for the display - that would have the effect you describe.
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