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QuickTime launch is glacial... what's wrong?
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Sep 1, 2001, 01:58 PM
 
I have a DP533... and it takes forever to launch... like 1-2 minutes. The QuickTime Settings CP is also slow to load, and general QT UI performance is sluggish... but movies play fine.

Recently, I moved my System Folder from one HD to another, and noticed some slowdown afterward... So I did a clean install of 9.1 and updated to 9.2.1. The system slowdown dissappeared, but the QT lag did not. So I downloaded the QT installer, had it remove all QT stuff, then reinstalled... no change. I noticed that my settings in the QT CP were the same, so I trashed the QuickTime Prefs and the QuickTime Favorites next to it. But this didn't help either. In fact, I checked the QT CP again and my settings were STILL there.

So, where is the file that actually stores these settings? I want to trash it, to see if that helps.

I have also noticed a lag when iTunes switches songs... does anyone else experiecence a lag of around 5 seconds when iTunes begins playing a new song, and could this somehow be related to my QT woes?

BTW... My QT used to work fine, and I have rebuilt the Desktop File.

Any ideas?

Specs: G4 533x2, 640MB(VM off, default cache), 40GB(21 free), Radeon
Periphs: 60GB HD(slave), ATI XClaim3D+, UMAX 1220U, iMic, Intellimouse Exporer, cable modem
OS: 9.2.1, 3rd party extensions include drivers for above periphs plus A-Dock (latest) and Suitcase 9 DE.

Tank you!

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Sep 2, 2001, 03:03 AM
 
Weird problem. I have seen problems with QT after upgrading that were fixed by trashing the preferences file. Try searching for it with Sherlock. Maybe you have another copy somewhere.

I don't see any lag when changing tunes in iTunes. Maybe 1 second if that. 500MHz G3 powerbook with 256MB memory.

I assume you have plenty of disk space.

Did you also check the amount of memory assigned to the program? Maybe it got set to a small value?

I would also check through the settings for something that could be causing it to load slowly. Perhaps it is looking for Hot Picks movie to play automatically?
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Sep 3, 2001, 07:58 PM
 
I just reinstalled iTunes (after searching and deleting all associated files) and things seem better now.

I figure the System Folder being moved to the other drive messed it up, along with QT somehow.

Or maybe iTunes didn't have enough memory before. I have a very large library (7260 songs right now). I was pretty sure it had plenty before (over 20 MB, default is 7.3). I didn't adjust the memory before I reloaded my library today, and it stopped itself at 3700 songs and gave me a warning. So I gave it 33.3MB, and now the pauses between songs are a fraction of a second.

Anyway, QT Player now launches in about 3 seconds, so things are cool again. I suppose the moral of the story is iTunes and QuickTime are homies.

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