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MCE - TV pauses 3/4 second, play 3/4 second - continuously

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Robert, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. Robert

    Robert Flightless Bird

    SYMPTOMS:
    Watching TV on Media Center - the video (not the audio) pauses 3/4 second,
    plays 3/4 second, pauses 3/4 second - continuous loop. The bottom 5th of the
    screen is solid green (a rectangle at the bottom extending to both sides).

    If I play previously recorded TV in Media Center (from when this wasn't
    happening), the recording plays perfectly. I recorded a 1/2 hour TV show
    with Media Center minimized (so it wasn't trying to display it), and I got
    1/2 hour of that continuous pausing with the green when I played the
    recording. I can play DVDs perfectly from Media Center.

    If I use Pinnacles TV software, I can watch TV okay. (But I don't use that -
    I like Media Center - the program guide, program search, recording options,
    and the fact the the Windows IR blaster will change the channels on the
    DirecTV box automatically.)

    WHAT CHANGED: I got a new motherboard and graphics card. (My old
    motherboard w/onboard graphics fried a second memory chip in 4 months - so it
    got canned.)
    Motherboard: Intel Desktop Board DG41RQ; 2.7Ghz Dual Core Intel; w/2GB ram.
    Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce 9500 GT (PCI) (Nvidia GPU w/1GB memory)
    There are no yellow ?/!'s in the Device Manager.

    I'm still using the Pinnacle PCTV HD PCI - TV tuner card. The DirecTV cable
    goes to it.
    O/S: Windows Media Center (2005) w/Update Rollup 2; Window XP Home SP3 w/all
    updates.

    The Microsoft Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility still reports
    Cyberlink is the preferred decoder. No new decoders are on the list after
    installing the graphic card's software.

    WHAT I'VE TRIED: Uninstalling/reinstalling - Media Center Update Rollup 2,
    the graphics cards drivers, the Pinnacle drivers, and PowerDVD 8 (the
    Cyberlink video decoder - I verified it was off the list in the utility
    before reinstalling it). Changing video settings in Windows and on the
    Nvidia control panel. Hours and hours of Googling.
     
  2. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    You will find support in this MS forum now:
    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/mediacenter/threads


    Robert wrote:
    > SYMPTOMS:
    > Watching TV on Media Center - the video (not the audio) pauses 3/4 second,
    > plays 3/4 second, pauses 3/4 second - continuous loop. The bottom 5th of
    > the screen is solid green (a rectangle at the bottom extending to both
    > sides).
    >
    > If I play previously recorded TV in Media Center (from when this wasn't
    > happening), the recording plays perfectly. I recorded a 1/2 hour TV show
    > with Media Center minimized (so it wasn't trying to display it), and I got
    > 1/2 hour of that continuous pausing with the green when I played the
    > recording. I can play DVDs perfectly from Media Center.
    >
    > If I use Pinnacles TV software, I can watch TV okay. (But I don't use
    > that -
    > I like Media Center - the program guide, program search, recording
    > options,
    > and the fact the the Windows IR blaster will change the channels on the
    > DirecTV box automatically.)
    >
    > WHAT CHANGED: I got a new motherboard and graphics card. (My old
    > motherboard w/onboard graphics fried a second memory chip in 4 months - so
    > it got canned.)
    > Motherboard: Intel Desktop Board DG41RQ; 2.7Ghz Dual Core Intel; w/2GB
    > ram.
    > Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce 9500 GT (PCI) (Nvidia GPU w/1GB memory)
    > There are no yellow ?/!'s in the Device Manager.
    >
    > I'm still using the Pinnacle PCTV HD PCI - TV tuner card. The DirecTV
    > cable
    > goes to it.
    > O/S: Windows Media Center (2005) w/Update Rollup 2; Window XP Home SP3
    > w/all
    > updates.
    >
    > The Microsoft Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility still reports
    > Cyberlink is the preferred decoder. No new decoders are on the list after
    > installing the graphic card's software.
    >
    > WHAT I'VE TRIED: Uninstalling/reinstalling - Media Center Update Rollup 2,
    > the graphics cards drivers, the Pinnacle drivers, and PowerDVD 8 (the
    > Cyberlink video decoder - I verified it was off the list in the utility
    > before reinstalling it). Changing video settings in Windows and on the
    > Nvidia control panel. Hours and hours of Googling.
     
  3. Robert

    Robert Flightless Bird

    This properly showed up on usenet, but was not cross-posted on the groups I
    listed. Why doesn't Microsoft close this down if it doesn't work?

    I will have to repost this from Google Groups to do it properly...

    I also posted this to the forum you suggested.


    "PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:

    > You will find support in this MS forum now:
    > http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/mediacenter/threads
    >
    >
    > Robert wrote:
    > > SYMPTOMS:
    > > Watching TV on Media Center - the video (not the audio) pauses 3/4 second,
    > > plays 3/4 second, pauses 3/4 second - continuous loop. The bottom 5th of
    > > the screen is solid green (a rectangle at the bottom extending to both
    > > sides).
    > >
    > > If I play previously recorded TV in Media Center (from when this wasn't
    > > happening), the recording plays perfectly. I recorded a 1/2 hour TV show
    > > with Media Center minimized (so it wasn't trying to display it), and I got
    > > 1/2 hour of that continuous pausing with the green when I played the
    > > recording. I can play DVDs perfectly from Media Center.
    > >
    > > If I use Pinnacles TV software, I can watch TV okay. (But I don't use
    > > that -
    > > I like Media Center - the program guide, program search, recording
    > > options,
    > > and the fact the the Windows IR blaster will change the channels on the
    > > DirecTV box automatically.)
    > >
    > > WHAT CHANGED: I got a new motherboard and graphics card. (My old
    > > motherboard w/onboard graphics fried a second memory chip in 4 months - so
    > > it got canned.)
    > > Motherboard: Intel Desktop Board DG41RQ; 2.7Ghz Dual Core Intel; w/2GB
    > > ram.
    > > Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce 9500 GT (PCI) (Nvidia GPU w/1GB memory)
    > > There are no yellow ?/!'s in the Device Manager.
    > >
    > > I'm still using the Pinnacle PCTV HD PCI - TV tuner card. The DirecTV
    > > cable
    > > goes to it.
    > > O/S: Windows Media Center (2005) w/Update Rollup 2; Window XP Home SP3
    > > w/all
    > > updates.
    > >
    > > The Microsoft Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility still reports
    > > Cyberlink is the preferred decoder. No new decoders are on the list after
    > > installing the graphic card's software.
    > >
    > > WHAT I'VE TRIED: Uninstalling/reinstalling - Media Center Update Rollup 2,
    > > the graphics cards drivers, the Pinnacle drivers, and PowerDVD 8 (the
    > > Cyberlink video decoder - I verified it was off the list in the utility
    > > before reinstalling it). Changing video settings in Windows and on the
    > > Nvidia control panel. Hours and hours of Googling.

    >
    > .
    >
     
  4. Robert Hall

    Robert Hall Flightless Bird

    The Microsoft support site did not properly cross-post this, so I am
    cross posting it as a reply to my post that appeared on
    microsoft.public.windowsxp.general.

    Thanks for any help.

    -------------------------

    SYMPTOMS:
    Watching TV on Media Center - the video (not the audio) pauses 3/4
    second,
    plays 3/4 second, pauses 3/4 second - continuous loop. The bottom 5th
    of the
    screen is solid green (a rectangle at the bottom extending to both
    sides).

    If I play previously recorded TV in Media Center (from when this
    wasn't
    happening), the recording plays perfectly. I recorded a 1/2 hour TV
    show
    with Media Center minimized (so it wasn't trying to display it), and I
    got
    1/2 hour of that continuous pausing with the green when I played the
    recording. I can play DVDs perfectly from Media Center.

    If I use Pinnacles TV software, I can watch TV okay. (But I don't use
    that -
    I like Media Center - the program guide, program search, recording
    options,
    and the fact the the Windows IR blaster will change the channels on
    the
    DirecTV box automatically.)

    WHAT CHANGED: I got a new motherboard and graphics card. (My old
    motherboard w/onboard graphics fried a second memory chip in 4 months
    - so it
    got canned.)
    Motherboard: Intel Desktop Board DG41RQ; 2.7Ghz Dual Core Intel; w/2GB
    ram.
    Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce 9500 GT (PCI) (Nvidia GPU w/1GB memory)
    There are no yellow ?/!'s in the Device Manager.

    I'm still using the Pinnacle PCTV HD PCI - TV tuner card. The DirecTV
    cable
    goes to it.
    O/S: Windows Media Center (2005) w/Update Rollup 2; Window XP Home SP3
    w/all
    updates.

    The Microsoft Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility still reports
    Cyberlink is the preferred decoder. No new decoders are on the list
    after
    installing the graphic card's software.

    WHAT I'VE TRIED: Uninstalling/reinstalling - Media Center Update
    Rollup 2,
    the graphics cards drivers, the Pinnacle drivers, and PowerDVD 8 (the
    Cyberlink video decoder - I verified it was off the list in the
    utility
    before reinstalling it). Changing video settings in Windows and on
    the
    Nvidia control panel. Hours and hours of Googling.

    ----------------------

    On Jul 25, 10:22 am, Robert <Rob...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > SYMPTOMS:  

    ....[SNIP]
     
  5. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Most MS newsgroups were dropped from the MS newsserver in early June or
    early July. See
    http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/default.mspx and the
    incomplete list at
    http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/list/en-us/default.aspx

    Robert wrote:
    > This properly showed up on usenet, but was not cross-posted on the groups
    > I
    > listed. Why doesn't Microsoft close this down if it doesn't work?
    >
    > I will have to repost this from Google Groups to do it properly...
    >
    > I also posted this to the forum you suggested.
    >
    >
    > "PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:
    >
    >> You will find support in this MS forum now:
    >> http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/mediacenter/threads
    >>
    >>
    >> Robert wrote:
    >>> SYMPTOMS:
    >>> Watching TV on Media Center - the video (not the audio) pauses 3/4
    >>> second,
    >>> plays 3/4 second, pauses 3/4 second - continuous loop. The bottom 5th
    >>> of
    >>> the screen is solid green (a rectangle at the bottom extending to both
    >>> sides).
    >>>
    >>> If I play previously recorded TV in Media Center (from when this wasn't
    >>> happening), the recording plays perfectly. I recorded a 1/2 hour TV
    >>> show
    >>> with Media Center minimized (so it wasn't trying to display it), and I
    >>> got
    >>> 1/2 hour of that continuous pausing with the green when I played the
    >>> recording. I can play DVDs perfectly from Media Center.
    >>>
    >>> If I use Pinnacles TV software, I can watch TV okay. (But I don't use
    >>> that -
    >>> I like Media Center - the program guide, program search, recording
    >>> options,
    >>> and the fact the the Windows IR blaster will change the channels on the
    >>> DirecTV box automatically.)
    >>>
    >>> WHAT CHANGED: I got a new motherboard and graphics card. (My old
    >>> motherboard w/onboard graphics fried a second memory chip in 4 months -
    >>> so
    >>> it got canned.)
    >>> Motherboard: Intel Desktop Board DG41RQ; 2.7Ghz Dual Core Intel; w/2GB
    >>> ram.
    >>> Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce 9500 GT (PCI) (Nvidia GPU w/1GB memory)
    >>> There are no yellow ?/!'s in the Device Manager.
    >>>
    >>> I'm still using the Pinnacle PCTV HD PCI - TV tuner card. The DirecTV
    >>> cable
    >>> goes to it.
    >>> O/S: Windows Media Center (2005) w/Update Rollup 2; Window XP Home SP3
    >>> w/all
    >>> updates.
    >>>
    >>> The Microsoft Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility still reports
    >>> Cyberlink is the preferred decoder. No new decoders are on the list
    >>> after
    >>> installing the graphic card's software.
    >>>
    >>> WHAT I'VE TRIED: Uninstalling/reinstalling - Media Center Update Rollup
    >>> 2,
    >>> the graphics cards drivers, the Pinnacle drivers, and PowerDVD 8 (the
    >>> Cyberlink video decoder - I verified it was off the list in the utility
    >>> before reinstalling it). Changing video settings in Windows and on the
    >>> Nvidia control panel. Hours and hours of Googling.

    >>
    >> .
     
  6. Robert Hall

    Robert Hall Flightless Bird

    So why do they still have the link to the Media Center newsgroup, and
    why the box to put in the sites you want to cross-post to? The post
    only showed up on xp-general. If it doesn't work, they should remove
    it.

    On Jul 25, 5:01 pm, "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABear...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > Most MS newsgroups were dropped from the MS newsserver in early June or
    > early July.  Seehttp://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/default..mspxand the
    > incomplete list athttp://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/list/en-us/default.aspx
    >
    > Robert wrote:
    > > This properly showed up on usenet, but was not cross-posted on the groups
    > > I
    > > listed.  Why doesn't Microsoft close this down if it doesn't work?

    >
    > > I will have to repost this from Google Groups to do it properly...

    >
    > > I also posted this to the forum you suggested.

    >
    > > "PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:

    >
    > >> You will find support in this MS forum now:
    > >>http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/mediacenter/threads

    >
    > >> Robert wrote:
    > >>> SYMPTOMS:
    > >>> Watching TV on Media Center - the video (not the audio) pauses 3/4
    > >>> second,
    > >>> plays 3/4 second, pauses 3/4 second - continuous loop.  The bottom 5th
    > >>> of
    > >>> the screen is solid green (a rectangle at the bottom extending to both
    > >>> sides).

    >
    > >>> If I play previously recorded TV in Media Center (from when this wasn't
    > >>> happening), the recording plays perfectly.  I recorded a 1/2 hour TV
    > >>> show
    > >>> with Media Center minimized (so it wasn't trying to display it), and I
    > >>> got
    > >>> 1/2 hour of that continuous pausing with the green when I played the
    > >>> recording.  I can play DVDs perfectly from Media Center.

    >
    > >>> If I use Pinnacles TV software, I can watch TV okay. (But I don't use
    > >>> that -
    > >>> I like Media Center - the program guide, program search, recording
    > >>> options,
    > >>> and the fact the the Windows IR blaster will change the channels on the
    > >>> DirecTV box automatically.)

    >
    > >>> WHAT CHANGED: I got a new motherboard and graphics card.  (My old
    > >>> motherboard w/onboard graphics fried a second memory chip in 4 months-
    > >>> so
    > >>> it got canned.)
    > >>> Motherboard: Intel Desktop Board DG41RQ; 2.7Ghz Dual Core Intel; w/2GB
    > >>> ram.
    > >>> Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce 9500 GT (PCI) (Nvidia GPU w/1GB memory)
    > >>> There are no yellow ?/!'s in the Device Manager.

    >
    > >>> I'm still using the Pinnacle PCTV HD PCI - TV tuner card.  The DirecTV
    > >>> cable
    > >>> goes to it.
    > >>> O/S: Windows Media Center (2005) w/Update Rollup 2; Window XP Home SP3
    > >>> w/all
    > >>> updates.

    >
    > >>> The Microsoft Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility still reports
    > >>> Cyberlink is the preferred decoder.  No new decoders are on the list
    > >>> after
    > >>> installing the graphic card's software.

    >
    > >>> WHAT I'VE TRIED: Uninstalling/reinstalling - Media Center Update Rollup
    > >>> 2,
    > >>> the graphics cards drivers, the Pinnacle drivers, and PowerDVD 8 (the
    > >>> Cyberlink video decoder - I verified it was off the list in the utility
    > >>> before reinstalling it).  Changing video settings in Windows and onthe
    > >>> Nvidia control panel. Hours and hours of Googling.

    >
    > >> .
     
  7. Shenan Stanley

    Shenan Stanley Flightless Bird

    Robert Hall wrote:
    > So why do they still have the link to the Media Center newsgroup,
    > and why the box to put in the sites you want to cross-post to?
    > The post only showed up on xp-general. If it doesn't work, they
    > should remove it.


    You're probably right on some level - except that Microsoft does not control
    all the news servers in the world and any who have not removed it (most
    likely will not bother) - well - they can propogate the postings.

    If you mean from a Microsoft web page - sure - if there is a link to it
    there - it should probably be removed. Have you pointed it out
    specifically?

    --
    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
    --
    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
     
  8. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Send your feedback to nntp@microsoft.com

    Robert Hall wrote:
    > So why do they still have the link to the Media Center newsgroup, and
    > why the box to put in the sites you want to cross-post to? The post
    > only showed up on xp-general. If it doesn't work, they should remove
    > it.
    >
    > On Jul 25, 5:01 pm, "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABear...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >> Most MS newsgroups were dropped from the MS newsserver in early June or
    >> early July.
    >> Seehttp://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/default.mspxand the
    >> incomplete list
    >> athttp://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/list/en-us/default.aspx
    >>
    >> Robert wrote:
    >>> This properly showed up on usenet, but was not cross-posted on the
    >>> groups
    >>> I
    >>> listed. Why doesn't Microsoft close this down if it doesn't work?

    >>
    >>> I will have to repost this from Google Groups to do it properly...

    >>
    >>> I also posted this to the forum you suggested.

    >>
    >>> "PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:

    >>
    >>>> You will find support in this MS forum now:
    >>>> http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/mediacenter/threads

    >>
    >>>> Robert wrote:
    >>>>> SYMPTOMS:
    >>>>> Watching TV on Media Center - the video (not the audio) pauses 3/4
    >>>>> second,
    >>>>> plays 3/4 second, pauses 3/4 second - continuous loop. The bottom 5th
    >>>>> of
    >>>>> the screen is solid green (a rectangle at the bottom extending to both
    >>>>> sides).

    >>
    >>>>> If I play previously recorded TV in Media Center (from when this
    >>>>> wasn't
    >>>>> happening), the recording plays perfectly. I recorded a 1/2 hour TV
    >>>>> show
    >>>>> with Media Center minimized (so it wasn't trying to display it), and I
    >>>>> got
    >>>>> 1/2 hour of that continuous pausing with the green when I played the
    >>>>> recording. I can play DVDs perfectly from Media Center.

    >>
    >>>>> If I use Pinnacles TV software, I can watch TV okay. (But I don't use
    >>>>> that -
    >>>>> I like Media Center - the program guide, program search, recording
    >>>>> options,
    >>>>> and the fact the the Windows IR blaster will change the channels on
    >>>>> the
    >>>>> DirecTV box automatically.)

    >>
    >>>>> WHAT CHANGED: I got a new motherboard and graphics card. (My old
    >>>>> motherboard w/onboard graphics fried a second memory chip in 4
    >>>>> months -
    >>>>> so
    >>>>> it got canned.)
    >>>>> Motherboard: Intel Desktop Board DG41RQ; 2.7Ghz Dual Core Intel; w/2GB
    >>>>> ram.
    >>>>> Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce 9500 GT (PCI) (Nvidia GPU w/1GB memory)
    >>>>> There are no yellow ?/!'s in the Device Manager.

    >>
    >>>>> I'm still using the Pinnacle PCTV HD PCI - TV tuner card. The DirecTV
    >>>>> cable
    >>>>> goes to it.
    >>>>> O/S: Windows Media Center (2005) w/Update Rollup 2; Window XP Home SP3
    >>>>> w/all
    >>>>> updates.

    >>
    >>>>> The Microsoft Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility still reports
    >>>>> Cyberlink is the preferred decoder. No new decoders are on the list
    >>>>> after
    >>>>> installing the graphic card's software.

    >>
    >>>>> WHAT I'VE TRIED: Uninstalling/reinstalling - Media Center Update
    >>>>> Rollup
    >>>>> 2,
    >>>>> the graphics cards drivers, the Pinnacle drivers, and PowerDVD 8 (the
    >>>>> Cyberlink video decoder - I verified it was off the list in the
    >>>>> utility
    >>>>> before reinstalling it). Changing video settings in Windows and on the
    >>>>> Nvidia control panel. Hours and hours of Googling.

    >>
    >>>> .
     
  9. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    Robert wrote:
    > SYMPTOMS:
    > Watching TV on Media Center - the video (not the audio) pauses 3/4 second,
    > plays 3/4 second, pauses 3/4 second - continuous loop. The bottom 5th of the
    > screen is solid green (a rectangle at the bottom extending to both sides).
    >
    > If I play previously recorded TV in Media Center (from when this wasn't
    > happening), the recording plays perfectly. I recorded a 1/2 hour TV show
    > with Media Center minimized (so it wasn't trying to display it), and I got
    > 1/2 hour of that continuous pausing with the green when I played the
    > recording. I can play DVDs perfectly from Media Center.
    >
    > If I use Pinnacles TV software, I can watch TV okay. (But I don't use that -
    > I like Media Center - the program guide, program search, recording options,
    > and the fact the the Windows IR blaster will change the channels on the
    > DirecTV box automatically.)
    >
    > WHAT CHANGED: I got a new motherboard and graphics card. (My old
    > motherboard w/onboard graphics fried a second memory chip in 4 months - so it
    > got canned.)
    > Motherboard: Intel Desktop Board DG41RQ; 2.7Ghz Dual Core Intel; w/2GB ram.
    > Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce 9500 GT (PCI) (Nvidia GPU w/1GB memory)
    > There are no yellow ?/!'s in the Device Manager.
    >
    > I'm still using the Pinnacle PCTV HD PCI - TV tuner card. The DirecTV cable
    > goes to it.
    > O/S: Windows Media Center (2005) w/Update Rollup 2; Window XP Home SP3 w/all
    > updates.
    >
    > The Microsoft Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility still reports
    > Cyberlink is the preferred decoder. No new decoders are on the list after
    > installing the graphic card's software.
    >
    > WHAT I'VE TRIED: Uninstalling/reinstalling - Media Center Update Rollup 2,
    > the graphics cards drivers, the Pinnacle drivers, and PowerDVD 8 (the
    > Cyberlink video decoder - I verified it was off the list in the utility
    > before reinstalling it). Changing video settings in Windows and on the
    > Nvidia control panel. Hours and hours of Googling.
    >


    Out of curiosity, have you noticed your hard drive sustained read
    transfer rate is lower than normal ? After a fresh reboot, try running
    HDTune, without going near any PCTV software. Run the HDTune read
    benchmark and see whether the graph is normal looking or not.

    http://www.hdtune.com/files/hdtune_255.exe

    This is a normal shaped curve, but this is a very fast storage device.
    I have three generations of disks here, with the best transfer rate on the
    blue curve being 60MB/sec, 95MB/sec and 125MB/sec for the generations.
    Record the drive model number when you run the benchmark, as the values
    and the model number might be enough to guesstimate what the transfer rate
    should be.

    http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/2328/hdtune.jpg

    What you're looking for, is a curve that is about 1/3rd of the normal value.
    At least, as long as your capture card is plugged in.

    Paul
     

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