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My eee PC 1001A works fine playing DivX video files while AC adaptor is connected but on battery power picture is very choppy, not smooth. So, I have checked power management options and selected full power and still no good. Any suggestionss? Thanks.

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  • neil_farrar Sep 11, 2010

    I am running Windows XP and the netbook (Asus eee PC 1001A) is only four weeks old.
    It confounds me that VLC media player will only play movies smoothly with AC adaptor connected! Battery operation in any power mode is s l o w . Cheers.

  • neil_farrar Sep 11, 2010

    More info - Battery is new - The eee PC is only four weeks old and uses Win XP. Video. Win XP power management is set to high performance (no battery saving) and "eee Hybid engine" OEM software is set to "super performance".

    When the netbook is first booted DivX files will play smoothly on battery for five minutes. Then, the video becomes choppy. It would seem that there is some menu buried inside the netbook that is overiding the power setting chosen within XP.

    But I don't know where. Maybe within BIOS, but I don't know how to access it because boot up takes me straight to Windows with no option to enter BIOS.



    Sound like fun? Thanks, Neil

  • neil_farrar Sep 12, 2010

    Thanks for that comment - you led me to right area - I have been able to fix the problem by using Display Settings and lowering level of Graphics Acceleration.
    I am happy that it works, but I guess I still don't understand why this should be necessary only when operating on batttery power (given I have checked full power in power management boxes). i.e. Nonetheless I can't get rid of power saving slowdown in computer.
    I accessed BIOS but there is no power management or clock speed selection option there.
    Regards and well done.

  • neil_farrar Sep 12, 2010

    I am happy with the suggestions made. They have gone further than original request to improve performance of my PC.
    Neil Farrar, Melbourne, Australia.

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I would suspect your battery is failing . If it requires to be charged within less than half of its rated hourly service , it might not be providing enough amperage to power the VI circuit. (Voltage Inversion Circuit) If the battery is good and providing enough current , try changing your resolution and your screen refresh rate ( frequency in Hz.) located in your display settings, by selecting the advanced Option in the lower right hand corner and then display options .

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    Neil, thank you for the compliment . I'm happy the video is working better . After giving it some thought , I have one other idea you might consider trying . Ready? OK Open control panel , scroll down to system and left click to open it . Then , left on the advanced option . When it opens , left click on performance and you'll see some options regarding how the computer prioritizes video functions as well as program rules memory cache, etc. Experiment with the settings and perhaps you can create an environment which is better all around . As you mentioned the computer is new , if you haven't already , be sure to update all of your software by visiting a couple of sites I will list for you . Visit : http://ww.filehippo.com and download the tool (program) called Update Checker. Be careful not to click too fast on the selection as a popup appears and offers you a free scan . Don't select that . The update checker selection download will appear in the upper right hand corner of the main screen . Download it , run it , paying attention to the default selections already checked . You can uncheck the free toolbar and search provider . Also , don't select the run at startup option . You can run it yourself from your desktop when you choose to . It works very well and is virus free . Also , visit http://www.windowsupdate.com to download all of your updates for Windows XP. Good luck with your new computer .

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Even at full power it will not fully utilize the CPU and VIDEO processing to it's fullest. I would suggest that you make sure all possible programs are closed aside from the divx player you are using. Also trying using a lower memory consuming video player such as media player classic (which is free) from this link:

http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/download-media-player-classic-hc.html
If that has the same result, you can also try VLC:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/vlc/files/1.1.4/win32/vlc-1.1.4-win32.exe/download

Between those two, one should be able to play on battery power only, without much tweaking at all.
Thanks Tim

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Hi you did not state what Operating System you are using, so i will give information relating to windows7 you have advanced settings which you can change to make the system faster while on the battery power, to do this, go to control panel, then hardware and sound, then power options, where it says select power plan, click balanced, then on the end of that click change plan settings,on the next page look for the change advanced power settings bottom left side of window, there you will find allot of adjustments you can alter , just do this until you find the right balance for what you need hope this helps

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Hello Neil,

Has your netbook always done this? It may be a symptom of a failing battery, but I wouldn't think so.

What you describe is indicative that either the processor or the graphics adapter has been slowed down to extend battery life. You might check the BIOS settings as the netbook is starting, those may be overriding software. Otherwise, check the clock speeds of the various hardware (I forget where it is in ePC's Linux) to see if the performance states really are changing.

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  • Sheldon Dedek Sep 11, 2010

    When the computer is starting up from cold start (not resuming from standby or hibernate), Pressing the F2 should get you into the BIOS. If you don't see the option, press TAB to bypass the splash image. This works on some models, not sure about yours though. Wasn't able to find a "1001A" model in particular. Bios version, yes, but not model.

    There are also some BIOS updates that are available, but be careful about using them as they can break ability to upgrade to windows 7 and such.

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