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Windows 7: VLC seems to crash my PC, any advice?

04 Mar 2010   #1
TomLeigh92

Windows 7
 
 
VLC seems to crash my PC, any advice?

Hi, I've had my new PC a while now, been running Windows 7 with no problems, but what I've noticed is that when I try and play anything in VLC media player, it functions fine for a while but then causes my PC to crash.
The screen will suddenly go black (despite the monitor remaining on and not going into standby) and for a few seconds whatever sound was coming from VLC, eg a man talking, will "stutter" extremely fast for a few seconds (see YouTube - How about adding some STUTTER EFFECTS to your DJ Sound Drops for the kind of sound I mean) and then cut to silence.

It's really weird, because the PC is still on, the LED light on top is still indicating that it's on, but it's completely unresponsive - even when I hit the power button, there's no effect, so I have to turn it off then on again at the wall socket

Other than that, it's completely functional - doesn't seem to be a driver problem as even Blu-ray quality video files play fine in HP MediaSmart Video, the default media player.

Any advice is appreciated, I just want to be able to use VLC without constantly crashing my PC!


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04 Mar 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling VLC?
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05 Mar 2010   #3
hybridfan

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

Could you do us a favour and fill out your system specs please
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05 Mar 2010   #4
TomLeigh92

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hybridfan View Post
Could you do us a favour and fill out your system specs please
The summary that Speccy gave:

Operating System
MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
CPU
AMD Athlon II X4 620 31 C
Propus 45nm Technology
RAM
4.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 666MHz 9-9-9-24
Motherboard
PEGATRON CORPORATION VIOLET6 (CPU 1)
Graphics
HP 2009 Series Wide LCD Monitor on NVIDIA GeForce G210
2304MB GeForce G210 (Unknown) 51 C
Hard Drives
500GB Western Digital WDC WD50 00AAKS-65V0A SCSI Disk Device (IDE)
Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST BDDVDRW CH10L SCSI CdRom Device
GXAJKF S5YZ0PYR SCSI CdRom Device
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio
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05 Mar 2010   #5
TomLeigh92

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling VLC?
I'd rather not but I guess yeah, I'll give that a try right now...
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05 Mar 2010   #6
Archangel83

Win7 RTM
 
 

VLC 1.0.5 Is what i have installed and works great with win7 mutch better then the build before
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06 Mar 2010   #7
smarteyeball

 
 

It may be worth looking at the audio / video output options

Tools> Preferences > Audio

It may be a incorrect setting, or even a codec conflict with the HP MediaSmart Video app.

What source file type are you trying to watch?
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06 Mar 2010   #8
TomLeigh92

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
It may be worth looking at the audio / video output options

Tools> Preferences > Audio

It may be a incorrect setting, or even a codec conflict with the HP MediaSmart Video app.

What source file type are you trying to watch?
Tbh I'd be really surprised if it was an audio problem causing it to crash, I think the weird sound stuttering is just a brief side effect of the computer suddenly cutting out.

As for the file type, most recently it was when I played an MKV file (i.e. a Bluray rip, so high bitrate etc) but it also happens when I'm playing anything as average as an AVI file. I haven't tested it to see if any particular file type makes it crash faster, but could it be that VLC is just screwing with the RAM or something and causing a crash?

(PS don't know if RAM is actually what it would be affecting, my PC knowledge covers programs and not much else )
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06 Mar 2010   #9
Pichu

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Check if windows media player is screwing up as well (Windows media player can play all avi files just fine). If it is also, then it is your graphics driver that is causing your problem. Otherwise, it is vlc.
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08 Mar 2010   #10
insignia

Windows 7
 
 
Similar Problem Here

I'm having a similar poblem here. I had Windows XP on this PC before and no problems. Upgraded to Windows 7, and when playing video in Media Player Classic Home Cinema (MPC), the PC occasionally hangs. Nothing works, no sound, the keyboard caps lock light doesn't even change. Resetting is the only way to carry on.

I've had the problem with WMP once, though not as frequently as with MPC (so I use WMP for now). I've also had it with Youtube vidoes once (though I do watch alot of videos, and only happened once so far). No problems with games though (so far Geometry Wars at 1080p and Bob Came in Pieces - not the most demanding games).

I'm thinking it could be to do with a GPU based video acceleration fault, as once (though I've never seen it after any other hangups when checking) the Event Viewer shown that UVD (on recent ATI GPU for offloading Video playback) had started about when it hung.

I have the latest ATI drivers for my GPU, the 10.2 hotfix for ATI HD 2600 Pro AGP (regular drivers don't install on AGP cards anymore, need hotfix version of drivers).
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