I have a small issue on my Packard Bell laptop (running windows XP).
The laptop in question has a 1.6 GHZ "Core 2 Duo", 1GB RAM, and about 80GB HDD.
My problem is this: When I open Windows Media Player, it will play local files (MP3 tracks) fine, without any stuttering or issues.
If I try and play a DVD, it stutters all of the time, isn't smooth at all. I have to use PowerDVD and even then it isn't perfect.
If I play a CD, it will play, to an extent. It's not 100% perfect but is a lot better than playing a stuttery DVD.
Is there any way of trying to solve the issue, so that my windows media player works ok on this laptop, for DVD's and CD's? Please don't offer suggestions such as "bin the laptop" or "install a newer windows", the laptop is required for older games (that won't run on windows 7) and hasn't got the guts to run windows Vista or 7 (only 1GB RAM). However it should play DVD's fine on XP, surely?
P.S. This laptop has had an overheating issue in the past, which was recently fixed, however the windows media player issue has been around before the overheating started (i.e. the overheating hasn't damaged any components).
Any help would be appreciated.