2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2013 3:16 PM by MichelPM
hildreth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My g4 will not stream video smoothly. what can i do?

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: My powerG4 will not stream video smoothly. What is wrong?
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,480 points)

    So we know more about it...


    At the Apple Icon at top left>About this Mac, report the version of OSX from that window, then click on More Info, then click on Hardware> and report this upto but not including the Serial#...


    Hardware Overview:


    Model Name: eMac

    Model Identifier: PowerMac6,4

    Processor Name: PowerPC G4 (1.2)

    Processor Speed: 1.42 GHz

    Number Of CPUs: 1

    L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB

    Memory: 2 GB

    Bus Speed: 167 MHz

    Boot ROM Version: 4.9.2f1


    At the Apple Icon at top left>About this Mac.


    Then click on More Info>Hardware>Graphics/Displays and report like this...


    NVIDIA GeForce 7800GT:


      Chipset Model:    GeForce 7800GT

      Type:    Display

      Bus:    PCI

      Slot:    SLOT-1

      VRAM (Total):    256 MB

      Vendor:    nVIDIA (0x10de)

      Device ID:    0x0092

      Revision ID:    0x00a1

      ROM Revision:    2152.2


    VGA Display:

      Resolution:    1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz

      Depth:    32-bit Color

      Core Image:    Supported

      Main Display:    Yes

      Mirror:    Off

      Online:    Yes

      Quartz Extreme:    Supported


      Status:    No display connected

  • 2. Re: My powerG4 will not stream video smoothly. What is wrong?
    MichelPM Level 6 Level 6 (8,080 points)

    If your Mac is a PowerMac G4, it can't run OS X 10.6.8. This version of OS X runs only on Intel Macs.

    Any hoo, if this a PowerMac G4,  even with a powerful video card upgrade ( 256 MBs of VRAM or greater), G series Macs are going to have trouble with online Internet video. There are more video codecs types  that Internet video is compiled in that older PowerMacs can't handle well or won't at all.

    This is the reality of still owning and using a 10+ year old Mac.

    There is no fixes that will solve the choppy video issues.

    If it's possible, instead of streaming the video, if it's a video that can be downloaded onto your Mac, it may play better that way as you are playing the video file locally off your computer instead of trying to keep up with the streaming data and/or trying to keep up playing a video codec that the G4 struggles with.

    If you are trying to watch YouTube videos, there is a YouTube video downloader called MacTubes that will let you download the video locally to your Mac to play locally.

    Other than this, there is not much you can do about issues with Internet video.