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I get what *appears* to be random freezes in my folders

Posted on 2004-09-28
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So, this mainly happens in a folder i have named "incoming" in my documents.  This is where I store files from Bittorrent or other p2p files as they come in.  It usually happens when I am browsing the files and I will click on a file, not even to open it, but just single click it, and the folder will freeze and stop responding.  The only way I can get out of it is to force close it with cntrl alt delete.  It sometimes does it with other folders as well, but I have not noticed happen as much.  Somtimes it doesn't do it and the computer runs fine, but it seems to happen quite a bit lately.

I am running a rig I biult myself with a p4 2.5, 1gig RAM, radeon 8500
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by:ransoneb
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What else is running when you do this.  If the p2p software is on, it will have control of the folder, particularly if another party is downloading the file in question,  and not want to relinquish it for you to look at the file. Observe what's happening in the p2p software next time to try to access a file in your incoming folder.
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by:fiddlestix
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hmmm, the problem still happens when i am not running any p2p's...  might it have something to do with the size of the files?  i've noticed it is happening the most with the movies i have downloaded which are mostly in the 700 megabyte range.
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by:fiddlestix
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OK, so i further isolated when this problem occurs... it only happens with .avi files.  it will play the files, and behave normally at times, but if i click on .avi file enough (or if i right click one at all), eventually the folder the file is in will freeze and it will tell me the folder is "not responding" and i will have to use the "end now" to force it closed.

again, it seems to handle other forms of movie files fine such as .mpg's...  I have FFDshow and XviD codecs installed cuz many of the .avi's i download required 3rd party codecs.
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by:fiddlestix
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well now, i solved the problem myself ^_^

the problem went away after i uninstalled FFDShow... i guess after i installed the XviD codecs i was getting a conflict of some sort.  so i just switched to a different codec bundle and now no more freezes.

I also found this thread about it once i isolated FFDShow as the culprit http://forums.animesuki.com/archive/index.php/t-4459.html

hmm, can i get points for solving my own problems? ;)
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