Lag Playing Mkv Files

I use an old pc for my htpc it is a p4 2. 4ghz with a gig of ram, compro tv tuner & 9600xt running vista ultimate. It does everything superbly except play mkv files. The audio is %100 ok but the video will lag a lot especially when there is lots of movement. This is in mp / mpc & vlc. I think i have the right codecs would this be my pc just isn't powerful enough or a software issue?

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