A computer or laptop offers one of the most convenient options to watch movies. You may choose to play a movie offline using a DVD or the files in your hard drive. Alternatively, you may also choose to watch a movie online using your web browser or a specific application. Getting stuck while watching a movie can be quite a frustrating experience. If you are wondering how to fix computer problems on your own, here are some tips on how to get started.
Check Internet Access
If you are facing problems while trying to watch videos online, the first thing you should check is internet connectivity. If you find that the video takes a long time to buffer, upgrade your internet pack or change the ISP. Try restarting the modem, which usually fixes most internet connectivity problems and boosts internet speed.
Update Your Media Player
Check if there are any updates available for your default media player. In case you are using Windows Media Player, open it either from the Start menu or launch it using the desktop shortcut. Now, in the media player’s interface, click on the Help tab in the main menu bar and choose the Check for Updates option.
Reinstall The Media Player
You won’t be able to play video also when the media player program becomes corrupted. The common symptoms that signify corruption are frequent error messages, program startup issues and frequent crashes. To reinstall the Windows Media Player, open the Start menu and click on the Control Panel link. In the Control Panel window, double click on the Add or Remove shortcut.
In the window that pops up, click on the Windows Media Player icon to select it. Now, click on the Change/Remove button. Install the installation CD of your OS to start reinstallation. In case you do not have it, go to the official Windows Media Player website and download a fresh version.
Update Display Adapter Drivers
Open the Start menu and click on the Run button. Enter devmgmt.msc into the Run box and hit the Enter key. The Device Manager window opens up now. Locate the Display Adapters option in the list and click on the plus sign next to it. You will see the name of your display adapter here, right click on it and select Update Driver Software.