VLC PLayback Lagging

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

  1. Tyndale13 macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Thanks!!!

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

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    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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