None of my Videoplayers are working.

Gardi

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Okey, here how everything happened.
I had a Sata 2 HD and a Sata controler PCI card.
My Mobo and Case is old so i had to took the whole cover in order to acces inside and connect my Sata cable to controler so i may use it.

The Sata controler keeps the Sata disk as Master, and the current computer is not strong enough to open 250 gb at once, It takes hours until windows loads.

So i usually keep it unpluged and than when the windows is on, i plug it to the controler and everything goes sweet.

It happend to day that, i also keep the Power cable of from the Power supply. While working on XP i pluged the power cable and machine went off.

After many strange things and hours off work, my computer is now functioning properly. YET, when i open any video player and ask them to play a video , it simply does not open it and keeps on the CONNECTING or LOADING part.

I did wait for 3 hours and yet couldnt open it. I did delete the codecs and reloaded it yet the problem continues.

What can i do to about this?
is there way that i can check whether my Codecs are working or My programs are working?(except of formating)
 

fredweston

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You haven't mentioned which codecs or media players you're having trouble with, so you haven't given us any info to offer advice based on. As you found out, you should never connect/disconnect power cables with the PC powered on!

Go to the website of whatever player/codec you are having difficulty with and read their FAQs and support information. There will probably be some sort of forum or support form there from which you are likely to get a better response.
 
You should also not be connecting / disconnecting a hard drive's data cable while the computer is up and running... you're just asking for something bad to happen.

If the computer takes a long time to boot up with the drive connected, then I would suspect there is something wrong with the drive... not with your computer. Could also be a problem with your SATA controller. I'd really check that hard drive in another computer if at all possible... I think it's dead.
 

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You should also not be connecting / disconnecting a hard drive's data cable while the computer is up and running... you're just asking for something bad to happen.

Actually, SATA is hot-swappable so nothing bad should happen.
 
Hot-swap is in the list of specs... but both the drive and controller must support it. As a rule of thumb, though, you're asking for something bad to happen when you plug / unplug a drive while the computer is up and running... as was demonstrated by this mistake. If the drive wasn't failing before (and I believe it was), it certainly is now.
 

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I thought since it was in the spec, drives and controllers HAD to support it? I've hotswapped tons of SATA drives without any special drive caddies or anything like that. I'm just talking about the data cable mind you, I've never plugged a drive's power cable in while the PC was on. I agree that's just asking for trouble.
 
No, just because it's in the spec, the hardware won't necessarily support it. An example is the SATA II spec... which, IIRC, includes NCQ... but not all SATA II drives / controllers support NCQ. You have to be careful when purchasing hardware to ensure that it supports all the specs laid out.