I just gave a mate my spare graphics card because I got myself a rather shiny 7800GS. Until yesterday I thought all was well, but apparently it won't play videos in any program.
The card I gave him is an ASUS brand GeForce 6200. Before he had a GeForce 2 MX (now you can see why I took pity on him). I did remove the drivers and install the latest ones because even though nVidia drivers are fairly universal his were probably ancient. I also suggested installing a codec pack, no joy there either.
IIRC it's a Sempron 2400+ with 256mb RAM. Can't remember the motherboard, but I'm sure it's got the right type of AGP slot. Although the PSU sucks it's more than enough for a 6200.
Anyone got any ideas?
3rd May 2005
Do videos play with lots of artifacting/glitching (kind of like a picture negative), or just not at all? I had the same problem once, a re-install of WMP seemed to fix it.
As an aside - is your friend by any chance using 77.xx drivers? They have been reported to cause problems with video playback on certain cards. A reported workaround for this is decreasing hardware acceleration via System Properties, however I'd imagine that would put quite a dent in gaming performance - not to mention it would be an arse to flick to and from the CP every time you want to watch a video. This being the case, try downgrading to an older version or upgrading to a newer one, see if that fixes the problem.
He doesn't game, thankfully. He's the type that uses PC for internet, work, videos, music etc and only plays games on consoles (with a Sempron 2400+, a GF 2 MX and 256mb RAM you can understand why :p). So if nothing else works I'll give that a go.
He's using whatever the latest version from nVidia is, so I'd guess that's 90-something.something. I'll try downgrading it, or using the one that came on the CD with it. No idea what version he was using before but I did remove it before installing the latest drivers.
I have suggested reinstalling his media players (including WMP) but he's paranoid about it wiping his library. I can't see how it's hard to add one folder to his library because it scans all the subfolders for files anyway, but meh.
It has to be software related somewhere because video worked fine with his 2 MX, and the 6200 works fine
Thanks mate. Would rep you but the forum is being a sod.
23rd March 2004
Well if the videos still don't play after you turn off hardware acceleration the drivers may not be whats worng. Download video inspector and all your problems should go away.
Worst case your friend might need to download a different media player since windows media is horrible. But that would only be for the sake of watching movies not for playing the music in his libary.
22nd March 2006
You can also download and install the latest version of directx.
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You should try out the 6200 on your computer and see if you get the same problems.
it won't play videos in any program.
video worked fine with his 2 MX, and the 6200 works fine
Answers Disconnecting and Videoslave I believe. Remember that up until last week (thursday to be exact) it was my card and it was in my computer.
DX 9 is on my to do list when I next see him, thanks for suggesting it Bob.
23rd March 2004
Well not being able to play videos in any player is what happens when your missing a codec lol. (Unless by application you mean a game and not a media player.) It won't matter if the card was installed in your machine and everything worked. The codec's in your machine will not transfer with the card to the new machine.
Like rookie said if the hardware acceleration is off then it basicly means your video card is off and will not conflict with watching video. If your missing a codec that link will tell you the name of whats missing.
When you everything is checked out and neither works then try rolling back to an older driver from guru 3d. If nothing works then try using directx diagonstic tool to see if anything conflicts with other drivers you have.
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30th December 2002
It does sound like a codec issue/conflict.
As long as you have the ffdshow codec, you're pretty well covered for most video playback. I personally prefer to use the "defilerpak" codecs as it's a fairly lightweight pack and it plays everything.
Did some googling and found a number of forum threads and the like that suggested using 84.21 would work. And it did. :p