Solved repost: issues with choppy video

December 18, 2011 at 17:31:40
Specs: Windows XP
i did get a couple of helpful responses, but problem continues. any other thoughts? i am thinking now that the choppy video may have become more pronounced after i replaced the new heat sink. before replacing, i did have the computer heat up enough that it shut down automatically. but, again, no other issues computer-wise other than choppy video.

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fyi, i am very much a novice when it comes to computers.

i was looking for a cheap computer mostly for internet and office applications. i bought a used computer off of craigslist (great idea, eh?). it was a custom built machine ($150). i tested it out at the dude's house all seemed fine. i soon realized the fan on the power supply was super loud, so replaced it, along with the other fans ($80). what i have now realized is that when i stream any video (hulu, youtube, PBS kids videos ect..) it is very choppy. unwatchable. this may have been an issue before i opened the tower and i just didn't notice, but now it is terrible. DVDs play fine. the videos will 'load' quickly, but even if the entire video is downloaded (cache is full) the video will be choppy.

my connection is fine. i did a speed test and it was 15-20mbps (depending on site.. websites load very quickly.

so, i am annoyed. i start researching and start trying everything anyone suggests on any website (did i mention i don't know anything?).. i update drivers, download new version of flash.. test all browser types.. download coedecs (sp?).. change computer priorities.. uh, other stuff. nothing. same choppy video.

soo, ideas? i was told it was a 'gamers' computer. there are a bunch of games i don't care about loaded. (combat arms, league of legends.. battlefield something.. is a microsoft flight simulator.. seems pretty fancy. all pretty big files. still lots of memory left.

stats as i understand below..

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name FLYER
System Manufacturer FUJITSU SIEMENS
System Model MS-7125
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 55 Stepping 2 AuthenticAMD ~2412 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 1/16/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name FLYER\User
Time Zone Pacific Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 3,072.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 1.96 GB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 4.84 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

sound device: Name Realtek AC'97 Audio
video card(?) Name ATI FireGL V3300

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December 18, 2011 at 17:32:05
i am thinking about trying a new video card. thoughts? however, all other video looks great. DVDs.. flash stuff that pops up on other websites. flawless.

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December 18, 2011 at 18:37:03
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Here's your specs as best as I can determine:

Motherboard = MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum Socket 939 (FUJITSU SIEMENS OEM). This should be very similar if not the exact same board:

Which means all your drivers can be found here:

CPU = AMD Athlon 64 4000+ at 2.4GHz

Graphics = ATI FireGL V3300. Drivers can be found here:

Memory = 3GB DDRxxx. Not sure what you have but it should be DDR400.

Did you get a WinXP disk with it or do you have one of your own? Do you know the XP product code? If not, download Magic JellyBean keyfinder to recover the code that was used to install Windows. It's apparently "legit" if you're not getting the pirate warnings from Microsoft. That means you can use it to reinstall Windows, because that it exactly what you should do. Do NOT throw any more money at this thing. I saw your post in another forum & $80 for a couple of fans & a CoolerMaster 500W PSU was WAY too much to be spending. For one thing, you don't need a 500W unit, & for another, CoolerMaster isn't a great brand. You could have gotten a Corsair 430W from newegg for less than $20 after rebate & it's a much better PSU. Anyhow, here's the link to the keyfinder:

I'm recommending that you completely wipe the hard drive & start from scratch. If you don't have a disk, I can point you to where to download one, but since that's frowned upon here, send me a private message & I'll send you a link.

And another thing, do NOT pay for anti-virus software & do NOT use Norton, McAfee, or any of the other big name resource hogs. Microsoft offers Security Essentials anti-virus protection for free. There are also others available such as AVG & AVAST. You can find them & a lot more software here:

Another program you should be using is CCleaner-Slim. It can be found here:

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December 18, 2011 at 18:54:01
nice. thank you riider. i am still processing the information provided, but i will do the re-install.

so negative on the video card?

i appreciate the candor about the power supply. i needed the heat sink.. i was talked into the new power supply (frys electronic..richards). i would go take it back but at this point the savings may now be worth the effort.

i do not have the win disk, i will use the magic jelly bean (three words i thought i would never type in relation to my PC. love it). ill let you know about the progress.


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