Video playback issue

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by Akratus, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. Akratus

    Akratus Bleep bloop.

    May 14, 2011
    I wouldn't make a topic here unless I have done all I knew to solve it and couldn't find any help on the first page of some google searches. Which happens to be the case.

    It's a strange issue that is hard to put into exact words. At least not exact enough for google.

    What happens is that with any kind of video file playback, I get graphical glitches across my screen, they're just lines. But then the screen moves. So the right side of the screen comes up on the left. Then what happens, if I do not move the video off the screen/close it, the screen goes either blue or gray. It seems to freeze my computer, as alt-f4 doesn't close whatever video/program is active and such. Youtube videos work fine however. But there was some tiem in which they didn't. It's a strangely evolving problem.

    So far I've tried updating my drivers and switching playback software, but neither worked.

    It's made it impossible to watch my movies or any video files. And that's very bad. I need that.
  2. Dienan

    Dienan It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Aug 22, 2013
    Try swapping your GFX card. I'm guessing your comrade is nearing to meet the machine god.. I had the same issue with my 9500GT. If you updated any codec packs, try removing them one by one. Also try running safe mode just to be sure. Report back with results.
  3. AskWazzup

    AskWazzup Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Aug 21, 2008
    Check if your card is getting hotter than usual, while not very likely , it might be that it got toasted and is ready to for the eternal computing lands.
  4. Akratus

    Akratus Bleep bloop.

    May 14, 2011
    Well the problem lies really only in actual video files. And some internet playback.

    I play Skyrim regulary with all settings maxed, an enb on and only shadows on low for my fps' sake. And my computer does completely fine with that. I don't see any textures issues there either, which I'd have before on my laptop when it overheated.

    It really seems like a software issue to me. Could reinstalling the driver do any more good than updating it as I previously have? I can only guess what might be the issue if it isn't the driver since this isn't bound to vlc for example which I play stuff with. I have the same issue with windows media player, home cinema gobbledygook, trailers in the steam store(although that not anymore, it's strange how this thing goes back and forth) and some videos on the internet that aren't youtube, but mostly those work fine.
  5. AskWazzup

    AskWazzup Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Aug 21, 2008
    I think you deserve this fate for playing Skyrim that long :lol:.

    Just reinstall the whole OS, i think it will be faster, or maybe that's just my Ubuntu mindstate talking.
  6. mobucks

    mobucks jetski Orderite

    May 22, 2010
    Try uninstalling all versions of Java and then get the latest one.
  7. Akratus

    Akratus Bleep bloop.

    May 14, 2011
    Hmm, yes. I'll do that. Working on it right now.

    Not that long, but Requiem bro.

    Also, I'm far too lazy to reinstall windows. :P
    I'd rather jack my screen into my laptop to watch movies.
  8. Akratus

    Akratus Bleep bloop.

    May 14, 2011
    I am this *holds fingers together* close to fixing this issue. I now know what is causing it, but for the life of me can't remember the name. There was a certain menu of a certain program that has support for playback of video files. There's a checklist for every type of file, like .avi. I once found a way to fix Dark Souls having a black screen on the main menu which was apparantly caused by issues with the logo which was a .avi. Someone told me where this program was and I unchecked .avi files in it. That fixed it.

    So what happened now is that I can play .avi files again without graphical/freezing issues. So I know that the problem lies in this video codec/driver type program but the problem is finding it again. I think, with things being this vague I probably have a better chance of finding the original dark souls solution than any of you knowing what I'm talking about though. But I'd like to get this issue behind me either way.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2014
  9. sea

    sea Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 5, 2009

    Sounds like a codec install issue is likely. Tried that out?

    Barring that I'd say it could be a hardware flaw, but if it's not fixed by using another graphics card then that's probably not the case.
  10. TheWesDude

    TheWesDude Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 25, 2005
    you talking about ffdshow?

    when you launch the video, look at your systray and see what new icons pop up.

    if you are using w7 or w8, make sure to go into the notifications/alerts and make sure any new/codec related items are set to show.
  11. Akratus

    Akratus Bleep bloop.

    May 14, 2011
    I tried installing that, it broke .avi playback for me again.

    It does seem to be some type of codec issue though.

    The problem with this problem is that it's so hard to describe not even google knows what you're talking about.

    EDIT: Or it didn't break shit. I don't fucking know anymore. I'll have to give my cousin's computer shop a call, he's pretty handy.

    Hmm, and also steam trailers don't bring up the issue anymore. I'll try downloading some mp4's or mkv's.

    So it looks like a 600 mb .avi file works like a wonder, and a 2.7 mb .avi gives my pc the heebie jeebies.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2014