Since version 2.0 of VLC a lot of changes were made in the code of this popular media player.

Something annoying was the increase of CPU usage when playing audio files. From almost 0% to 10-20%.
On powerful system this increase is almost unnoticeable, but on Intel Atom or AMD C60 you can notice the difference.

The fix is really easy.
Shutdown VLC and just erase/rename following 2 files from VLC folder (in my case C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\plugins\codec):

  • libsamplerate_plugin.dll
  • libspeex_resampler_plugin.dll

And this is all. CPU usage is back to normal.
I did not notice any problems for now.

Finally I can use again VLC on all my systems.


3 Responses to “How to fix high CPU usage when VLC is playing audio files”

  1. Jose Carlos on April 29th, 2014 4:18 pm

    Hi. Doesn’t work to me.

    What more can be done?


  2. hb on April 29th, 2014 6:54 pm

    Only solution that I see is to change Player.
    Try couple of them and use the one that suits you best.

  3. c0r3 on October 2nd, 2015 2:25 pm

    works like a charm, thx bro 😀

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