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Video Playback Problems On a Dual 1 Ghz G4

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I have an external firewire hard drive that was used on an old G4 to capture and edit video in Final Cut Pro. I tried putting this drive on the new Dual 1 Ghz G4 and it drops frames constantly when playing back from the drive and when a Final Cut Pro project is opened, I get a "General Error" message and nothing works.

I have the computer set up to boot to OS 9.2 running FCP 2.0.2 and Quicktime 5.0.2. Appletalk is off, virtual memory is off, etc. Everything should be working fine. I have tried running video off this drive under OSX and is works beautifully. I have tried copying the movies to the system hard drive and they still playback funny.

They are standard DV-NTSC FCP captures, but they won't play on this new computer. They also are displayed strange in the Quicktime window--the interlacing is very visible even when playing (this is not the case in OSX or on other computers.)

I am wondering if anyone can trouble shoot this problem or if anyone has encountered anything similar.

Thanks

(It will probably turn out to be some stupid little thing I overlooked.)
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by:weed
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Update to 9.2.2 which if i remember right fixes some issues with firewire HDs. Check your Software Update control panel for the update.
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isi2,  follow Dr. Weed's advice.  If your problem persists.  Run Norton Utilities and optimize all of your drives...  (I like to set the prefs for "disk resizing")
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Thanks weed and WIF567. The system is at 9.2.2 already.

I'll have to try Norton's.
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Have you checked if your graphics card drivers are the latest version? If you have an ATI card, I believe I saw something related to video performance in a news item about ATI drivers some time ago...
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Hey, guys. Thanks for all the advice. What it turned out to be was and extensions problem. I thought I had covered that, but it turns out that turning off any radius/cinestream extensions fixed the problem. It was the only extension I overlooked and thought I needed.

After a re-boot, the problem was gone and FCP runs like a champ.

There are some checklists in the FCP archive on 2-pop.com that deal with this problem if anyone is experiencing it.

Thanks again.
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