6049 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 18, 2008 6:37 PM by darthrevan945
There is no way to update the video hardware, inexpensively or expensively. The video hardware is built into the motherboard.
Lower resolution videos, up to about iPod size, 320x240 resolution, will probably play fine. If you go too much higher, the limitations of the old video hardware will bog down playback. Don't even try HD videos. HD videos are a problem even on some faster G4 Macs.
It may help with some +not so large+ videos if you used QuickTime Player to play them instead of iTunes. Also, it may help to temporarily reduce you screen resolution to 800x600 and color depth to +Thousands of Colors+, while playing the video.
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I have a 500mHz G3 desktop Mac (OS 10.3.9) with a very capable PCI video card (Radeon 9200 with 128MB VRAM} and 768MB RAM. Newer video runs poorly on it, especially those that are imbedded in a website. However, older video content I'd saved to disk runs fine. I think the newer video codecs have left the G3 chip in the dust.
My daughter's G4 eMac with only 384MB RAM and a 32MB graphics chipset runs video pretty well, so it's probably not the video card.
If the video is in QuickTime format, there are some workabouts lists in this thread:
Find the two long ones by Chris Bull and see if any help. It's in the Beige G3 forums but there are a lot of similarities of hardware involved (same processor; slow system bus speed)