Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Slow and choppy video playback in streaming and gaming

19 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Slow and choppy video playback in streaming and gaming

Hi everyone.

I run an hp pavilion dm4t-1200 with 4 GB ram and an Radeon HD 6370 with switchable graphics. My processor is a Core i5 (quad core i believe?) My laptop is plugged in, and switchable graphics are set to use the hi performance card.

I bought this laptop about 2 years ago, and put some extra money into upgrades that would keep it relevant for a while.

Despite this, I'm having some major issues with video playback. While streaming on netflix, the video gets choppy and out of sync with audio after about 2 minutes. Same with HBO GO. I used to be able to run video games like starcraft 2, arkham asylum, minecraft, and arkham city without any issues, as these game requirements are well below what my laptop specs claim to be. However, within the past month or so these games run choppy, and the audio is out of sync due to video slowness.

I did try playing videos on my hard drive through vlc and wmp and they worked fine. Additionally, my wii and ipad all stream netflix perfectly, so I'm doubting it's a connection issue.

The only hardware issue I've had recently is a cooling fan malfunction. It makes an awful rattling sound if I tilt my laptop and stopped working for a period of a day or so. It does run now (with the rattling while tilted) and my laptop never feels overheated. Could this possibly contribute?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

I've had occasional issues with playback where the audio gets out of sync, but refreshing and starting over usually fixes that.

Do you have any performance monitors that show your CPU and RAM usage? How full is your hard drive? I'm assuming you have scanned for viruses, etc. recently and often?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Could this be a connection issue? Has your internet been running slow?. Rebooted your router recently?
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Slow and choppy video playback in streaming and gaming

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Video playback in WMC 7 choppy & out of sync
Hi all, I recently built a windows 7 professional x64 htpc and I'm running into a peculiar issue with video playback. I've also installed all the windows updates. I have a bunch of "home movies" in avi format that play perfectly when I launch them in Windows Media Player. The video plays...
Media Center
Laggy and choppy video playback; Windows runs very slow
All was well with my computer and one fine day video playback became very laggy and choppy. Also the computer in general slowed down considerably. My first thought was that there had been a virus attack and hence I ran a thorough scan. Nothing showed up. So formatted the whole system and installed...
Music, Pictures & Video
Choppy / Unstable video playback
In the last week or so all video as in streamed video's has became very choppy, it is nothing to do with buffering as they always download well ahead of playback and the sound always plays fine it is just the video that is playing up and it is getting very annoying. I have tried deleting all...
Music, Pictures & Video
Video Playback is Choppy
We have a HP Pavilion dv7-3180us Entertainment Notebook running Windows 7 64bit mode. We have plenty of RAM and HD disk space. However when we try to play a Netflix Instantly Watch Streaming movie or if Streaming from Netflix using Windows Media Center or if we playback a DVD using HP Media Smart...
Music, Pictures & Video
Choppy Video Playback on WMP
I am running a fresh install (Clean) of Windows 7 Professional x64, and I have to say I was impressed at the lack of any codecs that needed to be installed to watch the run of the mill .avi files I use (xvid I believe). The video playback is almost perfect, but i notice periods of slowdown and...
Music, Pictures & Video

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 13:16.
Twitter Facebook Google+