WinDVD 7 - 100% CPU usage


I recently wiped my harddrive to install WinXP and accidentally got rid of my DVD decoder in the process.  I bought InterVideo WinDVD Platinum 7, which starts out playing any DVD OK, but after some amount of time- maybe 5 minutes, maybe 20, but it always happens- the audio and video start getting choppy and stay that way, making whatever I'm watching unwatchable.  When I check Task Manager it shows WinDVD using 100% CPU.  I always run the it alone or with minimal other apps running.  I've gone through the Windows services list and stopped/set to Manual everything I think I can get along without.  My PC's specs are:

Thinkpad A31
1.8 GHz
Free space on C: drive: 5.5 GB

I don't know much about audio/video/DVD apps/drivers/codecs, so I wouldn't know if I had something configured sub-optimally.  I'm not having problems with any other audio or video playback (streaming, from file, or from CD).

So, how do I get WinDVD working?  Or even better, get a hold of the decoder I deleted...

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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Do you have the latest update for your WinDVD?
what DVD decoder are you referring too?
madaceboAuthor Commented:
My WinDVD version is 7.0 B27.130.  I can't tell from the web site if there's any kind of update for it.

I'm talking about the software DVD decoder that came installed on my computer.  I don't have a copy of it, so after I installed Windows XP I could no longer watch DVDs (in RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, etc.).  WinDVD comes with a decoder.

I should mention that DVD playback was fine with with the native decoder under Win2K.
Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
what is the exact model of thinkpad.... you have A31

is it A31 - 2652,2653,2654?
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Dushan De SilvaTechnology ArchitectCommented:
madaceboAuthor Commented:
irwinpks, the model is A31 2652-x4x.  That patch is for a much older version of WinDVD than the one I have, and the problem it fixes is "Cannot play a DVD title with a new type of Intel CPU", surely some type that was new in 2002.
Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
That is a reference link to your system and the drives/utilities that should apply.  What we are looking for is the latest drivers to work on your machine.  Follow the directions on how to install.. The most critical will be the BIOS update.  Restart the machine after each applied driver.  You may want to test your DVD playback after each install.  DO NOT INSTALL MULTIPLE SETS.  If there is a problem, we can isolate the troubled drive (rollback) and it would be easier to figure out if you do the install 1 x 1. The order of importance is as follows






madaceboAuthor Commented:

BIOS: Link above is not for my A31 (2652-X4X); I checked the Lenovo web site for my model and found I do have the latest version (IBM 1GET40WW (1.12) 04/05/2005)

Link 1: The file in question is not on my PC so I'm hesitant to run this update.  Why do you think it will help?
Embedded Controller: Up to date already.
Battery Maximiser/Power Management: Up to date already.

Video: Driver up to date already.

CD/DVD: Firmware up to date already. (Matshita UDJA720 = v. 1.03)

Utilities: Presentation Director: Current version is 2.41b, I have 2.40b and none of the most recent changes apply to my system.
Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented: 1, it's a driver update for your motherboard I/O.

Got the latest Directx?

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