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ESCOBAR818 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 14, 2012 9:55 AM

I Have a Power PC G4 with MAC OSX 10.5.8. I have the device up to 1.25 GB of RAM and the videos on You Tube have improved a little bit. What video card do you recommend or is there anything I can to to improve the video on this old machine??

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Jacumba Level 4 Level 4 (2,325 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 11:35 AM (in response to ESCOBAR818)

    You have enough ram to run video well on you tube, in fact 1GB will do well there. It sounds like the cpu how many GHz is it? Usually anything under 1.8 GHz can cause you tube not to play well.

  • japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 1:46 PM (in response to ESCOBAR818)

    You can replace the graphics card with a Core Image supporting card like the Radeon 9800 Pro, but YouTube and other online video will always be a challenge. People notice some improvement, but online video needs more CPU than GPU.


    Should you still desire to upgrade the graphics card, I have a list here:


  • Jacumba Level 4 Level 4 (2,325 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 4:05 PM (in response to ESCOBAR818)

    I'd lean towards a new Mac. You could replace the video card but not likely to show much improvement. I'd agree with japamac that the cpu would still be a challenge with the 867 MHz. I'm on a 3.40 GHz computer right now,  I have several computers with less, and on this one it really makes a difference, not only with video on you tube but also the audio music is a tremendous difference.

  • romko23 Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 11:04 PM (in response to ESCOBAR818)

    An alternative solution for the OP would be to download Mactubes. This nifty app has the ability to allow you to play youtube videos(comments not included) in Quicktime format or Video format and of course, Flash.. but why play flash when you can view the videos under Quicktime.


    Check on line for mactubes 3.1.5 - Your G4 will be glad you did.


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