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Last year, I had Vista installed on our media pc and I had no end of troubles with it. Videos kept jumping in Media Center in zoom mode three. And other such fun stuff. Now, since then we've replaced the old tv and all the problems we had in Vista went away. I don't know how, they just did with a reformat and reinstall. We were delighted. So now, we've had a Vista installation for around a year with no problems. Cut forward to a few weeks ago when we decide to install Windows 7, as we prefer the Media Center installed with that. Yet again we had no problems, but for the sound card which crackled all the goddamned time. Installing the latest Realtek drivers just made it worse.
Cut forward again, to tonight. Getting sick of the crackling audio and unable to fix it, we unanimously decide to go back to Vista for another while. I install it, install drivers for the Radeon 3450 and the sound chip, and everything seems fine. Activated it, launched Windows Update and it downloaded and installed 78 updates (don't think it has installed even SP1 yet, though). While installing Avast, decide to install the Vista codec pack that we were using previously. Start up Media Center, and meticulously set up all the folders to watch and physically delete all the Sample Music/Picture/Video bullshit, and start playing a random video (an episode of Legend of the Seeker), just to make sure everything is alright.
Oh. My. Fucking. God. The video is jumping! Exactly as it used to before! I quite literally used to tear my hair out trying to sort out this problem. We attributed it to the old television, since we acquired the new one we hadn't seen it since, but now... oh man. Please God, not again.
The above two videos are examples I took with my digital camera back when we were suffering from this problem. The jumping you see in these videos are exactly what is happening now. I read somewhere that hd videos play choppily in Vista's Media Center due to the os throttling back CPU performance when idle. True, when I checked the minimum processor performance was only 5%. I ramped it up to 100% and yes, videos did stop jumping. But the hd videos didn't. We have quite a few hd videos and their number is growing, so this is something I want to put a stop to immediately, or I will be tearing hair again.
Someone please help me with this, because it frustrates me to the point of anger so quickly whenever I even think about the bloody thing. It can't be a performance issue because everything worked properly on the old Vista installation, and everything but the sound was peachy on the Windows 7 installation. The media isn't the fastest or most powerful, but it is certainly powerful enough to play videos and yes, hd videos (Pentium Dual Core E2160, 2GB PC6400, Radeon 3450). If nobody has any clues I'll have to go back to the 7 RC and deal with crackly audio until someone believes me about that issue and writes a proper freaking driver for Realtek HD Audio.
...and I thought of how all those people died, and what a good death that is. That nobody can blame you for it, because everyone else died along with you, and it is the fault of none, save those who did the killing.