My PC crashes everytime I try to play a DVD, and doesn’t recover unless I reboot it. The PC just freezes, and doesn’t allow me to do anything, even when I eject the DVD.
My setup is:
Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP3
Motherboard: ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 6400+
Memory: 4GB RAM
Graphics: ZOTAC NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 Memory
DVD-RW Drive: NEC ND-3520AW
Combo DRive: Samsung SM-352F
It can happen quite soon into playback or halfway through a movie. At first I thought it was the DVD disc so I copied it to my hard drive. When I tried to play the DVD files from my hard drive it crashed too. I have tried with both of my DVD drives. So, it can’t be my DVD drive can it? I’m pretty sure that my DVD drive is fine because it can read and write DVDs with no problems, only during playback.
Then I converted the movie to AVI which plays with no problems from my hard drive and directly from a DVD-R.
Then I thought it could be the DVD playback software (Cyberlink PowerDVD 7.3), so I tried using Media Player Classic, Windows Media Player 11 and VLC to play the DVDs as well as the ripped DVD files, which all crash during playback.
I have tried uninstalling the Motherboard and Graphics card drivers and replacing them with updated drivers, but experience the same issues.
Also, I heard that Windows XP doesn’t like more than 3.5 RAM so I removed 2GB to see if that would change anything, but still had the same problems.
I don’t really know what else to try, so I would appreciate any help.