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Media Center Video Playback Stuttering Solved

March 18, 2008

Knock on wood. This weekend I installed a new external 750GB drive on my Media Center PC. The drive is connected by a USB 2.0 connection. I transferred all of the MPEG files of movies (resulting from ripped DVDs) to the external drive.

I tried playing a movie that had been consistently problematic. No stutter.

Obviously this is just a preliminary result, but I am optimistic that it will hold up– at least to the extent of being a vast improvement over the performance I had been experiencing previously.

My suspicion is that this is an issue relating to how Vista Media Center reads files for streaming to Extenders– it doesn’t buffer/request enough data so that when the Drobo runs into problems, the video stops. But this is just a guess.

In any event, with hard drives being so inexpensive this solution cost only $165 (including taxes/shipping): $148 for the 750GB drive and $17 for an external enclosure.

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