My netbook crashes when playing video files (avi, wmv). I thought it was a Windows Media Player issue, so I downloaded latest codecs, but it still didn't work. VLC player plays ridiculously slow, and Real Player media player gets about half an hour into the clip then complete system crash — I can't access the task manager, and have to power off.
It seems worse when plugged into external monitor (1080i tv) and better if given time to buffer (for want of a better term) because we are watching files from the hard drive.
Does anybody know what might be causing these problems? The computer is running Windows XP SP3.