windows media player locking up computer

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by jbwitt, Oct 12, 2004.

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    jbwitt Guest

    I have had Windows XP, media player 9, and an old GeForce video card for
    quite some time with no problems. I just got a new ATI X800 card, and now
    when I use media player to play an mpeg it locks up my whole computer. I
    have to manually hit the reset button. It will play about 2 seconds of the
    mpeg, then freeze. The computer is actually operable UNTIL I attempt to
    close media player. Then it's a total lockup, every single time. Quicktime
    and realplayer work fine (and so do games, etc), so I know it's not the video
    card. I've got the latest drivers for the card. I also installed media
    player 10 but that had no affect. Any suggestions? I'm almost to the point
    of never using media player again. I wish I could uninstall it.
    jbwitt, Oct 12, 2004
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    mullethunt Guest

    Had the same problem after sp2 and mp10 download. so I went back to mp9 and
    things seem to work well.PS I had to redownload mp10 that had an uninstall
    feature included. The first did not. Got it from ms website.
    mullethunt, Oct 12, 2004
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    jbwitt Guest

    I've tried this multiple times. I've since learned that WMP is not the
    problem. It's the latest ATI RADEON drivers that were released in Sept. I
    rolled back the driver and everything is fine.
    jbwitt, Oct 14, 2004
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    Jason Guest

    I am running 2000 and it seems now no matter where i get the file from
    whether I make my own or download it my computer will freeze and the only way
    to fix it is through restarting it via the power switch. The movie will
    start, then the screen may go black and I can hear sound, but that often soon
    stops then there is nothing.
    Other times the movie (mostly .avi) will start for a second or less then
    just freeze...
    i have download all updates (version 9), even unisntalled and resinstalled
    the player... PLEASE HELP anybody
    Jason, Dec 13, 2004
  5. But the player will start up OK until you play a file ?

    Wha happens with just-audio, does it work then ?

    Also, what display card do you have ?

    Pls can you check your drivers for the video card are up to date (from
    the manufacturers website or windows update)

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Dec 13, 2004
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    hatakah Guest

    The same for me...
    Creative Soundblaster Audigy...NVIDIA GeForce4...latest drivers...
    Locks up in both video and audio, accompanied by a "feedback" sound...
    Happens regardless of player...even Winamp!!!
    Seems to have only started since an upgrade from Windows does this
    on every version from Windows 2000 SP3 I run XP...I've run out of OS
    versions to run...about ready to shove this thing up Mr Gates'
    a$$...Knowledge base articles tell me to buy new hardware...yea, right. looks to me like this ACPI thing likes to assign way too many
    devices to too few resources...there are still a few IRQ's left but it won't
    let me change them...this is why people switch to Linux, you know...
    hatakah, Jan 19, 2005
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    Simon Guest

    I have the same problem.
    New everything, nForce4, FX55, X850XT PE SB Audity etc etc etc.
    I know there's something wrong with Windows itself or the drivers of either
    the Vidcard or soundcard.

    After a few hours of using the PC I decide to open a video file and ZAPP.. 2
    secs of the video show up then a total LOCK UP and a small aftersound,
    squeel. Resetting the PC manually is the only way. I'm beginning to suspect
    the Radeon drivers but I can't be sure. I've tried everything suggested in
    these threads here and NO go. I'm using Cats. 5.3 and the latest xxx800_50
    drivers from Creative (EAX 4). Somehow I think it's either the vidcard or
    WindowsXP SP2 itself because I didn't have the sound codedcs installed for
    some of the video files that would lock the PC.

    After a fresh boot however the files play like a charm.

    This problem is growing on me because I want a stable PC!

    Simon, Mar 22, 2005
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