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Postby Leedog » Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:46 am

I'll start with saying I know nothing about the insides of these things, so bare with me. I have a Compaq Presario with XP that is about 5 years old. Not the best, and I probably should upgrade, but 99.9% of the time it is fine, and getting a new one squared away is just such a pain in the ass. I have a 250ghz Celeron processor. I have only 760mb RAM. I know that is low but I don't do any gaming.
The problem I'm having is many videos are getting better quality. If I try to play a DivX file 640x480, it plays fine on any player (Windows, Real Player, DivX). A 852x480 DivX file will play fine on Windows Media player, but freezes up on DivX player. A 1280x720 HD DivX file won't play at all on the DivX player. If I try to play it on Windows Media, the screen is black, I get a few seconds of audio, then the computer goes into a safe mode look and I have to reboot the system. Same with a 1280x720 HD MP4 file. BTW the same files play fine on my new laptop.
Any ideas? Not enough RAM? Video card(don't even know what that really means!)?
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Re: Need computer help

Postby Mellanby_equals_grit » Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:12 am

I'm no expert myself, but it's not a RAM issue.. Have you tried updating your graphics driver?
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Re: Need computer help

Postby Leedog » Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:28 pm

No. Looking for ideas on what to upgrade. Thanks.
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Re: Need computer help

Postby Mellanby_equals_grit » Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:37 pm

I'm saying it sounds like a video issue and downloading the latest graphics driver from the manufacturer could be the easiest and best solution.
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