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Shintsu

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#1 10 years ago

Recently I upgraded from my Viewsonic vx2025wm monitor to a Samsung 244T monitor. The reason I mention this, this is the only change I have made and now it seems every time I launch a DVD and it gets to the menu where I would select play or pick a scene, the whole system crashes and I get a blue screen displaying an error code about nv4_display.dll. I've seen that nv4_display elsewhere and I know that has something to do with my Nvidia video card (An EVGA GTX 260 896 MB if that is of any relevance). Normally I'd pop the old monitor back in and see if that's the problem, but this monitor is very large and quite honestly I love the picture. I'd just assume give up DVD playback for this thing (it's that good). So I want to get it working on this display. I have the monitor installed on here properly (Not a Plug and Play) and the previews for the DVDs all work fine. It's not exclusive to one DVD, I tried three and all did the same thing (including one DVD I know worked just fine a few days ago). What is the problem? I have the latest Nvidia drivers installed so I'm at a loss to what I need to do. I would appreciate some help though, I really would like to be able to watch DVDs on this monitor! Thanks in advance EDIT: Oops, forgot to mention I am using Windows XP Pro SP3 (I gather this might make a bit of difference vs Vista which I do plan to be upgrading to in short time - whenever my hard drive gets here).




Sgt. D. Pilla

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#2 10 years ago

Eh. Just reinstall your drivers, and install the driver for your monitor. I couldn't play any BluRay movies until I installed the DIGITAL monitor driver for my LCD. That was under Vista and Cyberlink Power DVD. The program you are using is likely crashing the nVidia display drivers it maybe trying to use PureVideo codec. Upgrade to the latest betas. Also try VLC or Cyberlink Power DVD.




Shintsu

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#3 10 years ago

What drivers, my Nvidia drivers? I already reinstalled the monitor drivers to no avail. I currently have the Digital drivers installed for my monitor (rightfully so, I'm using DVI). I'm using InterVideo WinDVD 4 which has always worked great and is the only one I found that doesn't downgrade the quality (Powercinema did this for some reason) and allowed me to use DTS and Dolby Digital. How would I upgrade to the latest betas? Betas of codecs or something? Every time I try to mess with those I get confused...




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#4 10 years ago

GPU drivers, your GPU has to render and output the video using codecs from programs, its highly possible that WinDVDs codecs arn't compatable with your nvidia drivers. WinDVD is one of the worst video playback softwares, Cyberlink PowerDVD doesn't reduce quality at all, and VLC does a nice job of maintaining quality. Besides, its all dependent on how you have your video drivers setup to enhance video quality, and how the program is configured using what deinterlacing setting. Aswell as the quality of the codecs you have installed. I suggest you download DivX and install just the codecs from it, even if you already have DivX, get the latest version to update the codecs. The program does little to do with quality, its everything else, including the quality of the DVD media itself, how easy it can be read, how deep your ODD lasers read the pits.




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#5 10 years ago
Sgt. D. Pilla;4773226GPU drivers, your GPU has to render and output the video using codecs from programs, its highly possible that WinDVDs codecs arn't compatable with your nvidia drivers. WinDVD is one of the worst video playback softwares, Cyberlink PowerDVD doesn't reduce quality at all, and VLC does a nice job of maintaining quality. Besides, its all dependent on how you have your video drivers setup to enhance video quality, and how the program is configured using what deinterlacing setting. Aswell as the quality of the codecs you have installed. I suggest you download DivX and install just the codecs from it, even if you already have DivX, get the latest version to update the codecs. The program does little to do with quality, its everything else, including the quality of the DVD media itself, how easy it can be read, how deep your ODD lasers read the pits.

Trust me, I used PowerCinema and it made everything look blurry and blocky. I touched no settings and it looked like shit. WinDVD looked great the minute I popped a disc in (WMP did too, but it won't play my DVDs anymore for some idiot reason - otherwise I'd still be using it). PowerCinema had no options that I could see for DTS and Dolby Digital - if these are not supported I won't use the DVD program. Why should I have to setup my video drivers to compensate for PowerCinema's downgrading of my DVDs? I seriously don't know how it does it but I shit you not it makes them look worse. Codecs have worked fine all this time, just started after I put the new monitor on. If it weren't such a hassle, I'd put the old one back in and see if it still does it. Somehow I get the feeling there is a relation to the 1920 x 1200 resolution this is running at making the DVD player crash. I'll reinstall the Divx codecs and try some fiddling and make sure there isn't a setting I can turn on/off to change anything.




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#6 10 years ago

Hmm did you try updating your drivers ? With my previous ones, PowerDVD was slowing down deadly the whole computer when I set its window size to anything bigger than, let's say 1920x1200 (my monitor goes up to 2560x1600 :p )

So I updated to the newest nVidia drivers for my GPU a few days ago (180.48) and that fixed the problem, now I can set PowerDVD to fullscreen on 2560x1600 without it slowing down (or at least it's not noticeable).

If you want to check whether the issue is about your new resolution or not, just set the desktop resolution to something lower, and try to play your DVDs fullscreen mode again.




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#7 10 years ago

Do you by any chance have a 7 series nForce motherboard?

That may be unlikely though, BIOS update, anyone?




Shintsu

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#8 10 years ago
The_Daedalus;4773493Do you by any chance have a 7 series nForce motherboard? That may be unlikely though, BIOS update, anyone?

Yes, an EVGA 750i FTW. I just find it so odd that it would happen as I put in a new monitor. I'll try it at a lower resolution as well. Update on that resolution change - this stupid monitor won't do 1680 x 1050. It has all various resolutions but none are the proper widescreen formats. I even have non-widescreen resolutions mixed in...wtf? I have the latest Nvidia drivers as well (181.20), just downloaded them last week.




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#9 10 years ago

Do you have any movie files lying around? AVIs and the like? Try play one of those, leave it running for a half hour or so. Let me know if you get another crash.




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#10 10 years ago

Okay, did some messing around - WinDVD crashes every time no matter what. I try Real Player, works fine but I cannot make Real Player use Dolby Digital or DTS which throws it out as an option. I used to prefer Windows Media Player but it stopped working. Tried it again, works now and I have my good sound - Now I can't get it to fill the screen! When I hit Fullscreen there are black bars on the left and right sides. No matter what I do I cannot get it to fill out. If I can get it to work right in WMP, I'll be good. Clearly the codecs aren't a problem, I just find it odd because WinDVD has worked excellent for me all this time and all the sudden started acting stupid.




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