movies do not play properly.HELP!

April 12, 2012 at 06:31:02
Specs: Windows XP, 768 mb
Hello everyone!

This is a very big problem to me. I cant play movies in my system properly. let me explain my problem clearly. I download many english movies but i cant play them properly.i use VLC player to play my avi files. The motion of the movie flickers . Its just like as if it is buffering. One scene just strucks and the sound keep continuing and suddenly after some time the movie jumps to the next scene and again strucks. Not only in VLC any player like real or windows media player .this problem is sucking.

my computer configuration

CPU-intel pentium 4 core 2 dual
ram-512MB + 256 mb
OS-windows XP sp3

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April 13, 2012 at 04:26:41
How many things are running in the background?

Too much running will cause the sort of problems you describe.

To see what is starting up when Windows boots, go to Start > Run, and type in "msconfig" (without quotes), then press OK. Go to the Startup tab and uncheck everything, with the exception of anti-virus/anti-malware and firewall.

By default, Windows has a few services running in the background that are not needed by the average PC user.

To gain disable some of these services, go to Start > Run, and type in "services.msc" (no quotes), and press OK. For a list of services and configuration recommendations, go to, and select the config page for your OS and service pack. I disable a few that he doesn't recommend, but only because I know I don't need them in my situation. Unless completely certain, don't disable any that he doesn't suggest.

I also like to let Windows manage the size of my pagefile/virtual memory. You can google instructions for this (if you decide to try it).

I also like to make regular use of CCleaner to remove junk files and unneeded registry entries.

Update your virus definitions and do a complete system scan, cleaning/removing any infections. If you have no anti-virus (a silly thing if you access the internet) download and install AVG Free. Be careful with the download, as there is also a paid version, but the free one is as good as (or better than) most paid-for anti-virus programs.

If you follow my above instructions, you'll see a noticeable performance increase, and hopefully your problem with movies will be resolved.

If performance is still an issue, I'd suggest the addition of more RAM (you are running with what many consider to be the bare minimum). It is one of the cheapest upgrades you can do, bang-for-buck.

If you need further help, post back. There are a few other possible causes for your problem, but you should try improving performance first (more benefits than just smoother playing movies).

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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April 14, 2012 at 16:14:41
Good advise from Sci-Guy

Just wanted to mention that you may want to update your video drivers and update your codecs.

You get the video drivers from your card manufacture, Intel, ATI, or nVidia.

And get the codecs here

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June 26, 2012 at 04:14:54
The problem is in you RAM or your processor is not working properly. First you have to install the latest drivers for video card and directx. Try clearing the RAM memory by closing every software(including your browser), download and install the latest release of KMPlayer and disable your firewall. I remember I had a computer with 64 RAM and I could not open any movie, the only way to watch a movie was by using direct tv Phoenix. If any of these don`t work you have to format your C: partition and reinstall your operating system, hope this helps you find a solution.

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June 26, 2012 at 08:17:34
I would ignore the advice from the last post. Your RAM and processor are working fine, otherwise you would probably be blue screening or completley locking up. 768 is a little on the slim side though for memory, you would notice a big difference if you bumped that up to 2 gigs.

Disabling your firewall is a bad idea as well.

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