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Old 06-11-07, 02:47 PM
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Have 1GB, if I upgrade to 2GB of memory, will my DVD software run smoothly?

Right now, I have 1GB of memory and I am wondering if I upgrade to 2GB of memory, will my DVD software run smoothly because right now, it is lagging in audio and video which is very painful to watch
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I think it has more to do with your processor than your memory. Have you shut down all programs besides your DVD software?
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Originally Posted by DVD Josh
I think it has more to do with your processor than your memory. Have you shut down all programs besides your DVD software?
Yeah, I was only running PowerDVD and it still won't run smoothly
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There's a very good chance it's a DMA problem.
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What's the rest of your system specs?
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Originally Posted by Altimus Prime
What's the rest of your system specs?
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...127355&lang=en

Here is the rest of the system specs
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Based on those specs it should be fine. I wonder if it's the integrated graphics that's causing it. You might want to check for any updated drivers and make sure Hardware Acceleration is on in PowerDVD.
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
Based on those specs it should be fine. I wonder if it's the integrated graphics that's causing it. You might want to check for any updated drivers and make sure Hardware Acceleration is on in PowerDVD.
I just checked if Hardware Acceleration is on and turns out that it is not in use so I turned it on and I am going to see if it works now
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Nope, didn't work, still lagging
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Yep shouldn't matter dvd doesn't need accelerated. Something else is wrong I assume thats more than enough pc to run dvd. Christ 600mhz can play back a dvd.

Yep I agree with X, check to see if your dvd rom is in PIO mode instead of the DMA mode it should be in.
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Originally Posted by hdtv00
Yep shouldn't matter dvd doesn't need accelerated. Something else is wrong I assume thats more than enough pc to run dvd. Christ 600mhz can play back a dvd.

Yep I agree with X, check to see if your dvd rom is in PIO mode instead of the DMA mode it should be in.
How do I do that?
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Control Panel -> System -> Hardware Tab -> Device Manager button

Bring down the IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers field, and check both the Primary or Secondary IDE channels. Under the Advanced Tab you'll see DMA settings, and the current DMA mode. Everything should be set to DMA if Available.


Generally though, I haven't seen a "DMA problem" in years. X seems to mention it a lot though
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All of them is in DMA mode but it still lags
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
Generally though, I haven't seen a "DMA problem" in years. X seems to mention it a lot though
I just an incident of this on my main computer just last week.

I don't know what happened, but all of a sudden I could only get PIO mode out of my main DVD burner. Setting it to use DMA mode didn't help. Had to completely remove the device and redetect it. Now my DVD-RW says it's a CD-RW but it acts like a DVD-RW and DMA works.
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Originally Posted by X
I don't know what happened, but all of a sudden I could only get PIO mode out of my main DVD burner. Setting it to use DMA mode didn't help. Had to completely remove the device and redetect it. Now my DVD-RW says it's a CD-RW but it acts like a DVD-RW and DMA works.
If Windows XP detects six or more read errors from an optical drive, it'll punish you for having scratched media by permanently disabling DMA on the drive. The only way to reset the count is to uninstall and reinstall the driver for the device or the controller it's attached to, like you did.
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Interesting. This was Windows 2003, but same difference maybe.
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Yeah, i've seen the DMA errors occur before on XP and had to do that before, but not really something that comes up often.

But back to the original poster... what kind of integrated graphics do you have? Were you able to check for new drivers?
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
Yeah, i've seen the DMA errors occur before on XP and had to do that before, but not really something that comes up often.

But back to the original poster... what kind of integrated graphics do you have? Were you able to check for new drivers?
ATI Radeon Express 2000

Yeah, I was able to check for new drivers, couldn't find any
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Maybe it is your software. Try VLC which is small and fast.

Also could be one of a number programs running in the background.
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Originally Posted by Baron Of Hell
Maybe it is your software. Try VLC which is small and fast.

Also could be one of a number programs running in the background.
I already tried different software, same thing, I run the dvd software without running any programs and it still lags
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Hmm. This is more weird than it seems when you mentioned it in the other thread. My previous PC is an P4 2.8C with 512 Mb of RAM and it plays DVD with MPC just fine. I believe your PC has a higher specifications than mine (save the video card, mine was a GeForce 6600) but although there's a possibility, I'm not sure if the video card is the problem.

Anyway, what resolution are you running your Windows, and since it's an integrated graphics, how much do you allocate your RAM for your video card? It might be nothing but it might be helpful to determine what is the cause.
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Originally Posted by eedoon
Hmm. This is more weird than it seems when you mentioned it in the other thread. My previous PC is an P4 2.8C with 512 Mb of RAM and it plays DVD with MPC just fine. I believe your PC has a higher specifications than mine (save the video card, mine was a GeForce 6600) but although there's a possibility, I'm not sure if the video card is the problem.

Anyway, what resolution are you running your Windows, and since it's an integrated graphics, how much do you allocate your RAM for your video card? It might be nothing but it might be helpful to determine what is the cause.
1024 X 768 Resolution...not sure about how much do I allocate my RAM for my video card
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1024x768 should be no problem because my previous PC use 1280x960. This is weird indeed. Do you use somekind of a third party codecs such as ffdshow or K-Lite Codec packs?
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Originally Posted by eedoon
1024x768 should be no problem because my previous PC use 1280x960. This is weird indeed. Do you use somekind of a third party codecs such as ffdshow or K-Lite Codec packs?
Nope, not at all

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