2967 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 8, 2008 3:31 PM by drsailer
That does appear to be the problem, having too many items open at once. When your Ram begins to disappear, your computer will start to use the HD for virtual memory. This can really slow performance, especially when doing processor and HD intensive tasks, such as watching a video. Have you tried a fresh reboot before viewing the video? If so, what happens with a clean start?
That is one way I try to improve the videos, however, it is no guarantee. Sometimes when everything else is closed and I have just restarted it, it still is choppy/lags/temporarily freezes. It is a pain, as I would like to have something else open (aka my mail) and I don't think that those two together should take up all my memory... so I am thinking something else is involved too.
Also, could you explain my chart of RAM to me if possible?
(Also, I saw that I have 32 MB VRAM, I don't know if that makes a difference for anything)
The size of the videos being played vary. Most of the files of full length movies are around 700 MB. The strange thing is that sometimes they work fine, and other times there is nothing I can do to make them work correctly. I have one that is HD(720p) and it seems to work just as well/bad as the others. But, I would think that if I shrunk the size of the video screen, then the quality of the file at that moment would decrease too, no?
Here is the link that I promised in the earlier post:
Actually, shrinking the video doesn't change the quality. The quality is set, and it might even make playback worse to shrink it, as the computer now has to calculate what to eliminate at the lower resolution. As a guide to the HD video playback, here is a link with the recommended configurations for proper playback:
I had issues on my iBook playing large format video files. Anything around 640 x 480 or smaller worked well, but any with higher resolutions tended to bog down the machine, especially if other processes were running.