Why can’t I play a 1080p movie on my computer?

Vibhor June 6, 2012
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I have a computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo running at 2.4 GHz with 1GB of RAM. I use Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2. I can’t get 1080p movies to run on my PC. Why not?

  1. N LKX
    November 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    what you need is a better graphic card and, or a new monitor like a 21.5" one. a 21.5" monitor 's resolution is 1920x1080.

  2. crash4ksa
    September 29, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    my by the gpu is bad one it is 80% from the gpu
    or the ram i thenk you need 2 gb or more

  3. Asfandyar
    August 17, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    my laptop is
    core i5 , 4gb ram, 2.3Ghz...
    it plays 1080p movies size 7 and above GB but the physical memory shoots up very high to 95%.

    why does it slows down the comp even after closing down the movie ???
    plxxxx tel me !!!

  4. Chris Clarkson
    June 9, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    What is your screen resolution? If it is less than 1080 pixels high, a 1080p video won't fit on your screen

    June 9, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Try VLC Player, if still not working, go to tools > preferences.
    in the video tab, change your out to DIrectX or OpenGL.
    This will force the video to process on your video card.

    if still not working, maybe your video card is not capable of playing HD videos. Try updating your Video Card Drivers.

    hope this helps.

    • swapnil
      July 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm


    • aqsalman
      October 28, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      cool man. that was great help for me. thx dude

  6. GamE
    June 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    U need better processor.....or use km player in realtime priority. That should help u

    • Dalsan
      June 7, 2012 at 3:09 am

      The processor speed is fine, the graphics adapter and memory would have more to do with not playing HD videos. Make sure your video drivers are up to date and either install the codecs or the media players suggested that self contain the codecs (sometimes installing the wrong codecs can cause other problems). I'd suggest increasing your RAM to help matters, also. Low memory can cause lag in response or stuttering of playback if background programs or services are running at the same time HD videos are playing.

  7. ha14
    June 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    perhaps is hardware problem like graphical do not support, try the vlc player as mentioned or zoom player

    Minimum Requirements for Running 1080p on PC:

    Unable to run 720p and 1080p movies smoothly,

  8. stern
    June 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm
  9. tebie_
    June 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    It's probably because your computer is missing something, maybe a codec or the movie file are bad. What type of error do you get? which media player do you use?

    Try using VideoLan Media player: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html
    It got built in support for most video format, so you don't have to worry about installing codecs. VideoLan does all the job for you.

  10. Sanju Meena
    June 6, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Use Kmplayer its Great Player for it or use any other Player or use for Playing 1080P Video...... When i want to Watch Movie in 1080p then i Watch Online..... its Great for Me..

  11. Alan Wade
    June 6, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Your graphic card should be a minimum of 256MB ram and a clock speed of 600 Mhz to play 1080p films.
    If your machine meets or is better than this spec then check you have the right codecs installed.
    The best codec pack for the job is CoreAVC but isnt free.
    Alternatively FFDShow codec pack or VLC Media's inbuilt codecs should be fine.

    • mukesh parswani
      June 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      i am using old sumsung samotron 55v moniter is this is the reasion iam not able to play 1080p movies pl replay
      thanks mukesh

    • Ako
      September 2, 2012 at 8:54 am

      My Ram is 1Gig and CPU 2.46GHz 2.47GHz, I use the latest VLC Media player but when I play full HD 1080p videos it lags??? What's up with that. I'm on Vista Home Basic.

  12. Himanshu Singla
    June 6, 2012 at 6:34 am

    May i know which video player you are using..and the video format of that movie??

    • vibhor sharma
      July 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      i'm using vlc media player 2.0

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