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Old 12-27-01, 04:21 AM
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Help!!! skipping video w/pioneer dvd

hello im new to the forums and im in need of some assistance. I went to watch a movie on my computer and started to notice the video was jerky (It will skip or jerk every few seconds) . ive tested numerous dvds and they all do the same. i have a pioneer dvd-rom, im using power dvd ( i have the XP upgrade since i have XP home) and my sys specs are.....

amd 1.4ghz
geforce 3
384 ddr ram
40 gig 7200rpm hd
pioneer dvd

the skipping has never happened to me before and my dvd drive is rarely used to play dvd's its mostly used to read cd-rom's

thanks any help will be aprechiated.
(if any aditional info is needed for help just tell me, thanks)
Old 12-27-01, 08:14 AM
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go to start... run... and type "msconfig" (without the quotes) and press enter (or click ok). Click on the startup tab and look at all the junk you have running. Everything with a check mark is running when you start your computer. Most of it is useless... well not completely useless, but I'm sure you wouldn't miss it if it was gone. If you want to list everything that appears there, I or someone else will tell you what to uncheck. Without looking, it sounds to me like a virus scanner running in the background, but it could be something else.
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I'll bet you don't have DMA enabled for the drive. Can you check that out?
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hmmm i dunno if i do or dont how can i find out if i have dma enabled?? trigger i tried what u said and it still dont work, and i dont have virus protection.
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I haven't used XP, but here's one way to check it in Win2K that will probably work.

In your device manager open up the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers group. Then look at the advanced settings of the properties of the channel that you have your drive on. Check device 0 or 1 depending on whether your DVD drive is master or slave. Let us know what it says, but you can try setting the transfer mode to DMA if available. Then reboot and try a DVD.
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dma if available is already on. now what???
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Is DMA for the drive also enabled in the BIOS?
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Get a program called DVDSpeed and test your drive. A fairly horizontal line across the graph indicates DMA is off. A 45 degree upward sloping line indicates DMA is on.

When you first ran PowerDVD after installation did you enable DMA with its first popup box? What is your computer or motherboard. Is your DVD drive master or slave? What else is on its channel?
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Originally posted by Jason Northrup
Is DMA for the drive also enabled in the BIOS?
And the drive is set on "Auto" in the BIOS?
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If you had a SCSI DVD like some of us do you wouldn't be having these problems.
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Get a decoder card. According to MS, the DVD movie playback will run smoothly if you install the decoder card.
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Go sell it for a box of donuts, and kick back and enjoy with a Vodka 7

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