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Easily fix 3 problems with VLC Media Player

Easily fix 3 problems with VLC Media Player
Russell Kidson

Russell Kidson

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VLC Media Player is one of the most powerful and capable media player tools available for Windows. This utility is usually the utility of choice when it comes to formats of video playback files that Windows Media Player simply doesn’t support. In fact, many users end up making VLC Media PLayer their default media player.


While VLC Media Player usually delivers outstanding quality playback of various video and audio formats, the tool is not completely exempt from error. In the article below, we’ll highlight the three most prevalent issues that you may encounter while using VLC Media Player. We’ll also show you how to fix them and prevent them from happening again in the future.

The 3 most prevalent VLC Media Player Issues

It would be pointless to give you a guide on how to fix the various issues we’ve found with VLC Media Player without first giving you an overview of what those issues are. We won’t spend long on this section, though. 

All three of these issues may present themselves while you’re trying to play a media file, which makes them even more frustrating. The three issues are:

  • VLC Media Player causing media files to lag, skip, or stutter.
  • Media files in VLC Media Player becoming scrambled.
  • VLC Media Player crashing during playback or simply not starting at all. 

Below, we’ll take a look at how to fix these issues and ensure that they never plague your VLC Media Player playback experience again. We’ve got multiple solutions for each failure, so if one doesn’t work, just go ahead and try the others. You should find at least one solution that works for whichever instance of failure you’re experiencing.

How to fix these 3 VLC Media Player problems

  1. Stuttering, Lagging and Skipping

    How to Fix 3 Problems With VLC Media Player

    – First solution: Look for the File Caching option in Settings under Input/Codecs. Change the value from 300 to 1000 and save.

    – Second solution: Open the VLC media player, press CTRL + P to show Settings. Select All. Go to Input/Codecs. Disable hardware-accelerated decoding.

    – Third solution: Open the VLC player, press CTRL + P to show Settings. Go to the Video Output module and try the options until you find one you like.

  2. If Video Playback is Scrambled

    How to Fix 3 Problems With VLC Media Player

    – First solution: Open the VLC media player and press CTRL + P to open Preferences. Select Video. Under Display turn off Accelerated video output and save.

    – Second solution: Open the VLC player, press CTRL + P to show Settings. Select Input/Codecs. Find Advanced and Network Caching. Increase the caching value.

    – Third solution: Instead of playing the video from a network drive or DVD, copy it onto your desktop. This often works if nothing else will.

  3. The VLC Player Crashes

    How to Fix 3 Problems With VLC Media Player

    – First solution: Exit the VLC. Double click This PC/My Computer. Click View and Check for Hidden files. Open C:\User\User_Name\AppData\Roaming\VLC. Right-click VLCC and rename it.

    – Solution 2: In File Explorer in Windows 10, find the right 64-bit or 32-bit Program File, click on exe, select Properties and run it in Compatibility Mode.

    – Solution 3: Try Disabling Pre-loading MKV Files. If that fails, reinstall the VLC player. Uninstall it in Apps and Features, reboot your computer and reinstall the VLC setup from the official website.

Keep Your VLC Player Operating Smoothly

VLC Media Player has become somewhat of a staple for people who need a tool that can play various media formats. Even though the tool works well most of the time, it has been known to present users with issues every now and again.

Despite this, VLC Media Player has been around for quite a while and is still one of the most reliable such programs for Windows. You can even record with VLC Media Player these days.

If you run into any issues, try the solutions we’ve outlined above, and you should be good to go again. If you’re looking for other guides for VLC Media Player usage, try our guide on how to edit videos within VLC Media Player.

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Russell Kidson

Russell Kidson

I hail from the awe-inspiring beauty of South Africa. Born and raised in Pretoria, I've always had a deep interest in local history, particularly conflicts, architecture, and our country's rich past of being a plaything for European aristocracy. 'Tis an attempt at humor. My interest in history has since translated into hours at a time researching everything from the many reasons the Titanic sank (really, it's a wonder she ever left Belfast) to why Minecraft is such a feat of human technological accomplishment. I am an avid video gamer (Sims 4 definitely counts as video gaming, I checked) and particularly enjoy playing the part of a relatively benign overlord in Minecraft. I enjoy the diverse experiences gaming offers the player. Within the space of a few hours, a player can go from having a career as an interior decorator in Sims, to training as an archer under Niruin in Skyrim. I believe video games have so much more to teach humanity about community, kindness, and loyalty, and I enjoy the opportunity to bring concepts of the like into literary pieces.

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