VLC Media Player crashes with .avi files

Discussion in 'Video Hardware' started by SparkyGuy, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. No, these were media computers, not connected to the internet or
    anything, so no AV.

    Martin Heffels, Jun 29, 2009
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  2. Or maybe I am just unlucky. I have FCP freeze frequently, and once in
    a while in such a bad state that the whole computer is frozen, which I
    consider to be a crash.

    Martin Heffels, Jun 29, 2009
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  3. SparkyGuy

    Smarty Guest

    Consider me amongst the unlucky ones also Martin, since I also found FCP to
    occasionally freeze, always run slowly, and generally add complexity to my
    Smarty, Jun 29, 2009
  4. Most of the Vista drivers should work. For instance the Nvidia drivers
    for Vista work, but the Windows 7 drivers are better. Obviously, this
    won't work for everything. Quite a lot of companis are mum when it
    comes to questions about Windows 7 driver development.

    Martin Heffels, Jun 29, 2009
  5. The latest version of the Realtek HD drivers, v227, supports Windows
    7. Did you try them?


    Martin Heffels, Jun 29, 2009
  6. Yes. I think they are the basic drivers, without the mixer panel and
    all the advanced stuff.

    Martin Heffels, Jun 29, 2009
  7. With DOS that was similar to the excitement of Apple II ;-)
    Win 95 opened up a whole new world cause it was way more advanced than
    Win 3.1 Yes, people where excited about that. Well, thing is, lots
    more people get excited about new Apple goodies than PC goodies, and
    if they are crazy enough to stand in a queue for 2 days, fine with me
    :) I won't be seen in such a queue, no matter what product would be
    released. I simply don't get it.


    Martin Heffels, Jun 29, 2009
  8. SparkyGuy

    J.J. O'Shea Guest

    It's not the drive that's the problem, it's the Dell; Dell boxes, especially
    Optiplex GX machines, have poorly designed enclosures which often cause the
    hard drives to overheat. I've lost count of the number of dead hard drives
    I've replaced in Dell boxes over the years. It vastly outnumbers the dead
    drives in boxes built by other vendors, and in most cases the Dell was far
    younger than the other machines. Example: my beige G3 still has its original
    hard drive installed, 11 years later (and a newer, but still 9 years old,
    UltraSCSI drive parked in the slot intended for an Iomega Zip drive, and a
    newer, but still 8 years old, DVD burner replacing the CD drive). All the
    slots are full, the RAM is maxed, I've replaced the standard video card with
    the best card that would work... and still the G3 runs, without overheating,
    without killing internal components, and on the original power supply.
    Meanwhile the Optiplex is awaiting its _third_ drive (yes, it's already
    killed two...), and needs a new power supply, too. One machine was properly
    designed and built. One is a piece of crap. One is 11 years old. One is five
    years old. Anyone want to do the math on total cost of ownership?
    J.J. O'Shea, Jun 29, 2009
  9. SparkyGuy

    J.J. O'Shea Guest

    They'd better not have changed the damn printer driver setup... again. I will
    be _truly_ pissed if I have to get new printers... again.
    J.J. O'Shea, Jun 29, 2009
  10. SparkyGuy

    J.J. O'Shea Guest

    I have never queued for any computer product and never will. I might go so
    far as to pre-order it over the Internet... but then I carry on working until
    it arrives. And I may wait until the next weekend to install it, depending on
    how much free time I have when it shows up. I pre-ordered Leopard, for
    example, and didn't get around to actually installing it for over a week
    'cause it arrived on a Friday and that particular weekend I had stuff I had
    to do, so it waited until the _next_ weekend.
    J.J. O'Shea, Jun 29, 2009
  11. SparkyGuy

    John Varela Guest

    Years ago I bought my wife a new, cheap HP computer with Me on it.
    She only used it for email and the web, and never had a problem.
    It's now in the basement used only occasionally as the hardwired
    connection to the wi-fi router. But I did use it with a SCSI card
    to run a Sony UY-S90 commercial scanner when I was converting my
    slides and APS cartridges. Never had a problem doing that either.

    The only knock is that I've never gotten it to integrate on the
    local network with our Macs so I had to use CD net to move the scans
    to the iMac.

    Our experience with WinMe may explain others' happy experience with
    Vista. It runs fine as long as you don't do much with it.
    John Varela, Jun 30, 2009
  12. SparkyGuy

    John Varela Guest

    Still don't know the difference between an app crash and a system
    crash, do you?
    John Varela, Jun 30, 2009
  13. SparkyGuy

    John Varela Guest

    We can agree on that.
    John Varela, Jun 30, 2009
  14. SparkyGuy

    ushere Guest

    or on any number of paid applications such as arcsoft theatre, cyberlink
    dvd, winavi, etc., not to mention a number of free apps like vlc.

    i have two mac's here, they're basically for testing web / video on, but
    i have to say that in comparison to the plethora of programs available
    on windows, they're a pretty limited affair - mind you they don't crash
    (often), but they're (relatively) slow, and cost more than i wanted to pay.

    and as for all you linux heads, i'd love to use linux - once they can
    sort their audio drivers out and can offer something other than a joke for
    video editing.
    ushere, Jun 30, 2009

  15. An application can fail or "crash" or "segfault" or core-dump (what's
    really happening if you look at ~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter). You just
    restart the program. The OS keeps running.

    But it's not the same as Microsoft's BSOD. That's an OS kernel "panic".
    The system is down _hard_ and has to be reset or power-cycled. When
    MacOS X does this, it's usually because there's a hardware problem (bad
    RAM or flaky USB/Firewire connector.

    I've never had a problem with VLC not working on my system, except for
    the most recent builds which don't run on PPC. I can usually watch the
    video clip on VLC if the Quicktime player won't open or play it.
    Michael Vilain, Jun 30, 2009
  16. That's the only thing in which OS-X excels for me.

    Martin Heffels, Jun 30, 2009
  17. I had one the other day since aaaagggeeeessss when helping someone to
    install a DVB-T stick on Vista 64. Turned out to be the software
    (Hypermedia) which created a BSOD when exiting. When the stick was
    used in Windows Media Centre, all was good.
    BSOD's are a seldom thing nowadays, but virus-threats are more of a
    worry for PC's.
    Ahhhh, "Repair the Permissions". That's such a joke that one has to do
    that once in a while. The same kind of joke as being a good idea to
    reinstall Windows if you twiddle around lots with software.


    Martin Heffels, Jun 30, 2009
  18. SparkyGuy

    J.J. O'Shea Guest

    I see them all the time... on Dells. Usually when the hard drive has just
    died. "Boot volume unavailable" or some such message. It usually means that
    the hard drive is fried, time to get a new drive. At least if the drive is
    replaced the system gets past the BSOD and you can reinstall the OS, while
    the old drive shows as being dead if attached to another system.
    You obviously don't work with Dell Optiplex GX series machines.
    The Dells I see have NT4, W2K, and XP on them. Usually with paltry amounts
    (128 MB or less!) of RAM 'cause Accounting would rather pay me to
    troubleshoot problems which would not exist if they were running XP with at
    least 512 MB RAM. Idiots, but they pay their bills. (Yes, I'm serious about
    the NT4. Have you tried to find printer drivers for relatively new printers
    which will work in NT4?)
    J.J. O'Shea, Jun 30, 2009
  19. Employer may require it. Corporate standards, you know.
    Walter Bushell, Jul 19, 2009
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