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DVDs don't run great, does my Toshiba suck?

By pelikan
Oct 26, 2002
  1. When I play DVDs there is almost always one place in the movie where the motion gets jagged for a second. I am using a Viewsonic VE150 LCD monitor. I'm not sure if its the monitor or the DVD player. Anyone have any ideas?
    Thanks a lot!
     
  2. pelikan

    pelikan TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Oh yeah, the Toshiba DVD is a 16x.
     
  3. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    It may even be the DVD. Is it dirty anywhere? Wipe it off with a clean napkin or of the sort (something lint-free)

    Perhaps something is running in the background? I've had this occur a few times. Is your hard drive being accessed while the motion is jagged? I.e. can you hear it? Does the orange light on the front of your case light up?

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  4. pelikan

    pelikan TS Rookie Topic Starter

    This happens with almost all DVD rentals. They could be dirty. The only thing running in the background is Norton Antivirus. Hm... It could be updating. - Thanks.
     
  5. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    Yes it could be updating...but everytime you watch a DVD? :confused:

    What program are you using to watch these DVD's? If it's something obscure try switching to PowerDVD or WinDVD, whichever.

    You have a nice system, so it's not performance issues...

    And no, your Toshiba doesn't suck, it's a perfectly excellent DVD player.
     
  6. pelikan

    pelikan TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I am using WinDVD.
    Thanks again.
     
  7. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +9

    If there's only one place and not in every DVD, it's most likely the spot where the layer is changed. Most movies are in dual-layer discs to double the capacity, for some players, it takes a while to change it. I've never noticed it with my Toshiba DVD-ROM drive, though.
     
  8. pelikan

    pelikan TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Re: Re: DVDs don't run great, does my Toshiba suck?

    Okay, well that makes sense. The problem seems to happen at the same time in various movies (in the middle or 2/3 of the way through). Sounds like the problem is my DVD player. Maybe I'll try to exchange it.
    Thanks!
     
  9. basil-bar

    basil-bar TS Rookie

    HI, I had a similar experience with DVDs, but with some randomness in when the delay hit. In my case the delay stopped the video, but kept the audio going. I found that by using Ram medic, or something similar, it would free up the working memory and the dvd seemed to work better. hope this helps
     
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