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Bad picture when viewing videos on internet

The picture is distorted, and the video runs really slow, and choppy.I know it's not the media player because when I try and run a flash video, it runs just as bad. I've change the screen resolution, and just about any other setting I could think of. But nothing has really helped. I'm not sure if the product I chose is right. On the front of the tower it says HP Pavilion, and has 4530 on the bottom of the front.

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I havet the same problem

Posted on Feb 04, 2008


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you might try uninstalling and reinstalling the graphics drivers and then set the screen resolution according to the monitor size

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You obviously are low on memory, You will need to back up the stuff you want onto a cd and reset the computer
PS: If you have HP Demo games they willall be reset to 60 mins again

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