Weird Media Player Problem

I'm having a bizarre problem with Windows Media Player on a Windows 7 Lenovo laptop.  Whenever I play a video, the video output freezes but still continues to play, i.e. the little bar on the bottom continues to move and count time as if it was playing but the screen will go black.  The weirdest part is that if I right click in the open area to display the options or if I even have the window not at full screen and have any type of menu covering any part of the video, it plays fine.  See the picture attached.  I'm at a loss.  I've reinstalled it by going into "Turn Windows Features On/Off and have installed DirectX.  No clue what is going on but I need to get this working as soon as possible without installing a third-party app for video playback.
It happens with all videos.  The image attached is just with the simple wildlife sample that comes with Windows 7 Pro.
Please help!
Thank you! Plays fine with this menu covering a portion of it
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jhill777Asked:
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mdpowell71Commented:
Have you tired updating the video card driver if possible?
jhill777Author Commented:
Will try that now.  I'll let you know.
jhill777Author Commented:
So it turns out that the laptop was using a Kensington Display Link Universal Docking Station that was causing the problem  The laptop played the video fine on its own screen and removing the docking station from the mix and pluging the monitor straight into the VGA port on the laptop fixed the problem.  Anybody know of anyway to make the docking station work properly?
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mdpowell71Commented:
Most docking stations are just port replicators, so no changes for drivers are needed. It sounds in your case you might need some sort of driver isntall for the docking station. Not really sure as I do not know anything about that docking station. try this link to see if it has the drivers you are needing
http://us.kensington.com/html/12118.html
jhill777Author Commented:
I updated the software for the docking station but it still doesn't work.  There's even an option when you right click the system tray icon to "Optimize for Video" but it doesn't do anything to help.  I think at this point I'll just have to get a different docking station to replace this POS.  Thanks for your help.

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jhill777Author Commented:
Replacement looks to be the only option.
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