I decided to ride my stationary bike last night and watch some streaming Netflix. Seemed like a good coupling. But then I went to kick up the first season of Heroes (how fortuitous!) and it green screened and told me I had a problem with my video driver. So I checked the video drivers, and they were pretty much up to date except for an update to the new Samsung driver. Tried again...failure. So I biked and watched Dawn of the Dead via the DVD player on the machine instead. That worked just fine.
Today I went looking around the net and found three methods to fix the issue. This first fix involves disabling your hardware acceleration on the system. That would suck. That affects all your video. Why would you do that, particularly if DVDs and non-Netflix things run just fine. The second fix is installing a full codecs package that updates everything. One site I looked at had half a dozen people on their comment board alternating between (I paraphrase a bit so they don't find me) "this sucks, I can't uninstall it and it doesn't work" with "you're a loser, this is the best" followed by "eat crap and die, nothing works anymore" then the repsonse "you're a hater" punctuated with "it takes an extra ten seconds to start every video, but I guess that's ok" then "why do you losers come here - you know it works, you're not trying" ending with "why don't you try our total codec pack, it's better!" No thanks.
This seemed to be the obvious solution. Potentially recommended by Netflix (although that's second hand, like all good urban legends), only affects Windows Media Player, which is what Netflix uses under the covers, and is easily undone. So here is the green screen of death in Netflix streaming player fix that worked for me:
Open Windows Media Player, (right click) go to tools, then options, click on the performance tab, drag the video acceleratoin bar to none, click on advanced, uncheck the enable full-screen mode box, apply all settings (you may get a warning that it will reset where you are if you currently have a video on the screen...oh well).
Viola! Heroes: Season I and stationary biking.
Pathetic second option:
DO THIS TO FIX GREEN VIDEO SCREEN ON PC Click Start Choose Control Panel Click Display Icon Click on Settings Click on Advanced Click on Trouble Shoot Reduce the Hardware acceleration slider from Full to half way or one quarter. Thats it.....
Third difficult method:
All in one codec pack