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Mint - video choppy on you tube

Posted on 2014-12-06
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Sound is ok
Is there a way to update the video driver ?

Same prob in chrome and Firefox
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Generally on Linux Mint everything gets updated through the update utility Which should be available somewhere in the taskbar. Optionally you can also use the Synaptic Package Manager to update the system, or open a terminal and first enter:

sudo apt-get update

and then

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

You should then get a list of all that would upgrade, and then you enter "Y" to confirm.
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Forgot to ask, what hardware, video card do you have?
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It's a toshiba laptop - not sure of exact video card
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It depends on the hardware, particularly that of the video GPU used, that makes videos smooth or choppy. With some nVidia GPU's you can install legacy drivers, which sometimes improve their performance over the OpenSource nouveau drivers which are usually installed by default. But I don't know whether mint uses the OpenSource or legacy drivers by default.

There is probably a utility installed called something like "install extra drivers", or if it is a newer mint version, it probably is an extra option in the synaptic packet manager. With those tools you can automatically install the legacy drivers.

A further thing that can make a difference, is which mint you installed. Linux Mint Mate for example will perform better than the Cinnamon, as Mate uses less resources particularly from the Graphics chip, and the Debian Version of Mint also generally performs better than the Ubuntu based versions.

Currently I don't use Mint, but rather Makulu Linux (XFCE version). That distro is based on the testing tree of Debian, and besides having a beautiful desktop, flash Videos perform perform better on this than any other distro I used (except maybe SparkyLinux, also debian based, which is similar but not as beautiful).
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