VLC PLayback Lagging

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Tyndale13, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. Tyndale13 macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2008
    All of a sudden, when I watch movies and recorded shows on my IMAC, I'm experiencing lags and hitches. I am watching the movies from external hardrives but I've been doing this for over a year with never a hitch. Any ideas about what could possibly have changed? It's an anoyance..
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    When you're experiencing the lag have you opened up Activity Monitor? If so, what is the CPU usage while it is lagging?
  3. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    Apple made an update which turns any external hard drives off if the computer doesnt detect any activity after a certain amount of time, and watching movies/listening to music off one doesnt count as activity. So this should have started after you did an update, anyway to fix this problem do the following:

    Go to system preferances
    Open Energy Saver Options
    Uncheck "Put hard disk to sleep when possible box"
  4. Tyndale13 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2008

    I made the change so we'll see what happens. How dare Apple adjust my settings!! :)
  5. Tyndale13 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2008
    Still Lagging

    Idle CPU Usage is about 90%. DO I need to restart ??? Odd. This just started recently out of the blue.

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