iBook plays web video slow

Posted on 2009-12-29
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Last Modified: 2013-12-07
I have an older iBook that I'm working on, it's playing web video slow. I just upgraded the RAM and there does not seem to be anything else using my bandwidth or processer. I have done all the apple updated and flash player updates that are available but have not had any luck. I have googled the problem and found many others with the same problem but no good solution.
I was not able install Google Chrome. The version they had available said that it was not supported. I installed Firefox 3.5 and got the same result, slow video. Please help.

MAC OS X 10.4.11
Safari ver 4.0.4
iBook G4
PowerBook 4,3
640 MB Memory
800 mHz CPU
Question by:csd32129
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My personal opinion is that OS X 10.4 and higher runs alot better on 1GB of RAM or better.  
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Expert Comment

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I agree. You need more RAM. iBooks did not have separate video RAM, so your system RAM gets cannibalized to run the video.


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I just ugraded the RAM from a 256 chip to 512 with no improvement in the video speed.
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To test your theory, I looked at the memory usage while the video was playing and it still had 128MB Free. The CPU used was 80 to 90%, but it seems that I have had other computer that used their CPU to capacity but were still able to play the video smoothly. I still feel like there is some other cause/solution.
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While Flash video is playing, what is hogging processor time?  I bet it is the browser  when watching flash video.

Your computer may be coming to the end of it's time for software support as the software is outpacing the hardware.

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str8edgepunker earned 2000 total points
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I will definitively say that it is adobe flash player.  According to even their own website, you need at least a 1.8ghz G5 to view online video.  So yes, you are SOL for watching online video on the computer.  Even though I have a Powerbook G4 with a 1.67ghz processor, I get the same symptoms you do.  So it's a case of bad software design on adobe's part that has led to it.  There is no other cause to the problem; it really is that bad.

One of the things to try is to uninstall Flash Player 10 by removing both the flashplayer.xpt and flash player.plugin files from /Library/Internet Plug-ins/ and then go to Adobe's flash download site.  Instead of downloading Flash 10, find and click on the button that says "Different operating system or browser?"  Then from the drop down, select Mac OS X 10.1 - 10.3.  Don't worry it will work.  Then download the Adobe Flash 9 player and install it.  You MIGHT see a better improvement, but it is highly unlikely given the processor.  

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The video is still a bit slow but this is as good as it's guna get. Thanks.

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