Here’s a really strange problem I’m having with my computer. First let me start with a rundown of my system.
AMD64 2800+ on a chaintech K8T800 MoBo.
Pny FX5200 128MB video (ver 61.77 nvidia drivers for XP)
Win XP sp1a (installed sp2, had a problem with a program and uninstalled sp2)
DirectX 9.0c installed
Okay, here’s the problem:
When I play a video file (in windows mediaplayer, quicktime 6, NVDVD, Mediaplayer classic, or DivX player) the first time it will play just fine. But when I try to play another video file I get 2 seconds of video, then a solid
green screen on the video with audio playing normal (quicktime audio stutters). And every type of video file I play after that does the same thing no matter what format (AVI, MOV, MPG, WMV, etc…) or player I use.
I have tried so many things it isn’t funny, but I believe I have narrowed it down to hardware accelleration in video playback involving Directdraw and Direct3D. I say this because if I turn accelleration off in the windows performance setting, I can play any video, any number of times, without problems (it looks like crap though). I can’t leave it like that because then my D3D games don’t run right.
I have the latest video drivers ( I even tried older 56.XX series video drivers with no success), directx, windows updates (except for sp2) and at some point over the last 4 months I didn’t have this problem. I just can’t remember when it started, so I could not say it was just after I installed a certain program or codec.
Everything works great, my games, my programs, etc… except for this one thing.
I found a strange workaround. By changing the refresh rate, I fix the problem for that particular video that I’m playing. It doesn’t fix it to switch to another refresh rate and stay there, it just works when the rate is changed. Then the next time I want to play a video and it messes up, I change the refresh rate again. Now I just go to change the rate, when it asks if I want to keep this rate, I say no, it changes back and my video
Pretty strange? Now, how do I fix it? Could it be a hardware problem? Or XP sp2 (you know you can never completely uninstall updates from microsoft)?
Google was no help no matter how many ways I tried to word my search.
I used the driver cleaner program when changing video drivers but still no help.
My anti-virus is up to date and found nothing (AVG by Grisoft for those who want to know)
I have defragged my drive.
I have scandisked my drive.
I installed Norton Utilites and ran Windoctor (it found and fixed several errors, but none helped this
I ran DXDiag and checked my DirectDraw and Direct3D performance, works great.
I’ve Uninstalled codecs, re-installed codecs, changed setting on codecs, still no help.
I have Adaware and Spybot S&D, no ad/spyware problems
ZoneAlarm is my firewall (has been for a long time).
I’m going down this partial list of stuff I have tried to show that it is not some simple “update your drivers”
kind of problem. I would hope it is a “hidden settings” issue that someone could clue me in on.
I am about to slick my drive and do a clean install, which I really don’t want to do. Its such a pain in the
ass, and my computer is set up the way I want it. But I’m not sure how much longer I can stand this.