Skip navigation
This discussion is archived

Poor performance on Snow Leopard

73380 Views 184 Replies Latest reply: Dec 17, 2009 2:05 PM by Michael Paine RSS
1 2 3 ... 13 Previous Next
Watchful Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Aug 28, 2009 10:23 PM
So I just installed Snow Leopard on my Mac Mini which I use as a media center in my living room. So obviously I use Front Row extensively. Imagine my dismay to find out that front row is now jerky, sometimes won't respond, and in general *****. Videos play back jerky, and steppy as well while the same videos play find through Quicktime X or Quicktime 7, and iTunes full screen. What gives? Anybody else experiencing this? Any solutions?
Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6), 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • compact105 Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 29, 2009 10:14 AM (in response to Watchful)
    I have this problem too.
    As a Mini user, I like lying back on my bed with the remote and watching some DVDs but the playback on Snow Leopard is not pleasant at all. All fine with DVD player and VLC Media Player on full screen but Front Row is definitely a no go. At first I thought it was the DVD with problems but everything else plays fine.
    You are not the only one with this problem and I have yet to find no solutions.
    Please get this fixed Apple!

    PS: It WAS smooth on Leopard, it's not like I haven't used Front Row to play DVDs before.

    Mac Mini 2.0GHz
    2GB DDR2 677 Ram
    Intel GMA950
    Mac Mini 2.0Ghz, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Robert Holden Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 29, 2009 5:58 PM (in response to Watchful)
    I am experiencing the exact same problem with my Mac Mini. Just curious, how much memory are you guys running on your Mac Minis? Mine just has a gig.
    Mac Mini Intel, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Robert Newton1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 29, 2009 11:58 PM (in response to Watchful)
    I'll add to this list. DVD playback and even VIDEO_TS folder playback is terrible through Front Row on a Mac Mini 2.0 with the Intel GPU.

    It's worse than in Leopard, which wasn't particularly great anyway.

    I do hope Apple find a fix, it's kind of ruined my Home Theatre PC experience.
    Macbook Pro 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.6), AEBS Gigabit
  • warbirdx Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 30, 2009 7:49 AM (in response to Watchful)
    I'll throw in to this topic. I have a 2 year old MacBook and was thinking maybe it was related to the 64-bit system? Maybe my graphics card isn't the best it could be for a 64-bit system?
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Lage Lagovich Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 30, 2009 9:06 AM (in response to Watchful)
    Same problem here with MacBook White. I use 20" Cinema Display for movies and under SL it's awful.
    MacBook White 2GHz, 2GB, 320GB, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • OneBigPear Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 30, 2009 9:15 AM (in response to compact105)
    Same here. The Mini is our media centre and was working flawlessly until we installed Snow leopard. We are experiencing the exact same issues others have mentioned. It's disappointing.
    Mini 2.0 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6), 1GB DDR2 667Ram Intel GMA950
  • Gunny Sack Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 30, 2009 10:08 AM (in response to Watchful)
    Is playback jerky only for DVDs or are AVIs and MP4s also playing back poorly?
    MacBook Pro 2.4 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Robert Newton1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 30, 2009 10:11 AM (in response to Gunny Sack)
    For me it is only DVDs and DVD rips (VIDEO_TS) folders. I guess that points to an MPEG2 decoder that is poorly implemented in Front Row.

    To be fair, Front Row wasn't that cracking for PAL DVDs in Leopard, but it was markedly better than the poor effort in Snow Leopard.
    Macbook Pro 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.6), AEBS Gigabit
  • Gunny Sack Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 30, 2009 10:48 AM (in response to Watchful)
    Time to file bug reports.
    MacBook Pro 2.4 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Adam3 Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 30, 2009 1:09 PM (in response to Gunny Sack)
    Same here on our Mini as well. Installed Snow Leopard on our MacBookPro, and tested front row with various .avi's and .mov's, (everything looked fine, never once thought to test dvd playback, was more suspicious of the various files Perian would assist with) Once I confirmed those played, I prepared and then started the update on the mini in our living room this afternoon.

    Ran across this thread and others while it was installing, when browsing the web in anticipation of the new install. Expected to just see folks posting about small improvements in feel and response. We use the mini has the home theater, and really love it. Needless to say, Front Row was the appeal. Really hope Apple can address this issue, rolling back to 10.5 would not be fun.

    How do you submit a bug report? I am more than willing to add my report to the pile if you can point the way.

    Thanks,

    Adam3
    2 GHz iMac, 1.83 GHz Mac Mini, 2.53 GHz Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Gunny Sack Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 30, 2009 1:32 PM (in response to Adam3)
    Submit reports here:

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html

    Or register with Apple Developer Connection and submit here:

    http://developer.apple.com/BugReporter/
    MacBook Pro 2.4 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Gunny Sack Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 30, 2009 1:39 PM (in response to Watchful)
    We should try to see if we can narrow down the problem.

    So far we know it affects both DVDs and AVIs. Are only Mac Minis affected? If so, which models?

    We should also try removing all Quicktime plugins and then seeing if Front Row's performance improves.

    Try Front Row with and without Quicktime 7 installed.

    Try Front Row with DivX 7 installed, but not Perian. Then vice versa.

    And try using the avc1Decoder instead of Perian for MP4 playback.
    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/23875/avc1decoder
    MacBook Pro 2.4 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
1 2 3 ... 13 Previous Next

Actions

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)

Legend

  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.