I bought a new laptop, and couldn't afford anything with a real graphics card. It only has the integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M. But I didn't expect it to have any issues with video content on the internet. I didn't expect issues there, because I have a five year old Windows XP desktop that doesn't struggle with video, and it doesn't have a fancy video card, either. My main problem is that the video is occasionally choppy (intermittent starts/stops that are not buffering issues), and the audio is often out of sync with the video (particularly noticed when people are talking and their words don't match their mouth movements). Netflix streaming is especially bad, but ESPN videos are bad, too.
What can I do? I know I can't upgrade to a video card...my laptop doesn't allow for that. I can add another 1 GB of RAM, but I think there is a limit to the memory that the integrated video can access, so that won't help. I've already tweaked my video settings to use 16-bit color quality instead of 32-bit, and I also turned off most of the Windows 7 visual effects that slow down performance. These two things have helped a bit, I think. but is there anything else I can do?
Will a faster internet connection help? I have 1.5 Mbps DSL. I have another laptop with a better video card, and it seems to do relatively okay with the same internet connection, so I was assuming that isn't the main limiting factor.
Here is my system:
Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor and Graphics
Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core processor T4400
2.2GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB
Mobile Intel® GL40 Express Chipset
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M with 128MB-1341MB
dynamically allocated shared graphics memory
Memory: 3GB DDR3 800MHz (max 4GB)