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Join Date: Jun 2009
06-28-2009, 07:26 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
07-06-2009, 11:51 PM
I too have been getting choppy videos from Youtube. I tried IE7, IE8, and Firefox and it didn't make a difference. Well one day, I decided to uncheck the "Compress drive to save disk space" setting which is set by default on the Mini 9 and EUREKA, that solved the choppy video problem! Now Youtube videos (SD only) play smoothly.
Join Date: Feb 2009
07-17-2009, 01:26 AM
to all the people saying "just wait till the video loads", this is not the issue at all. Even after the video loads its choppy.
I've fixed it mostly, however its definately cpu related. Flash uses lots of cpu, I find using firefox and turning flash off with flashblocker, and only viewing the flash i want to watch makes it work better. In one window, you could have multiple flash videos working, and you could ahve mulitple tabs open. Sot his helps a lot.
However when the mini is running hot, the cpu slows down a lot and the flash is choppy again.
There are lots of things you can do, and most things in this thread are valid. However heat and cpu speed are flash killers.
Join Date: Apr 2009
07-26-2009, 06:40 PM
I am glad to see people still workingon this, although not so happy it seems that no one has come up with a decent solution.
I posted about this quite a bit before and it seemed lots of people had no issuess with streaming hulu however lots did and it just doesn't make sense w2ith the same hardware...
I can't believe that it's network related as stuttering doesnt hapen due to lack of bandwitdh, you just see the buffering screen more often. What has been buffered will not stutter no matter how bad your connectino is. Simple test, pause until it buffers a bit and then play.
The most logical problem is thecpu. Whilte it's easy to blame a gpu for a video related problem, you need to remember that the decoding is done by the cpu and since the gpu can display 720p video from other formats with no problems, its not likely a gpu issue as the main work for a gpu in video playback (unless the gpu has a hardware encoder for a format like mpeg2) is just draing pixels on the screen which this can do handily.
It definitely seems cpu related however if thats the case it really doesnt explain why so many people can watch even hd streams when many of us have problems with even sd streams.
My guess is that those who have better luck must differ somewhere other than the cpu and that leaves the hd...
So those who are having no problem with playing hulu (plesae test for at least 5 to 10 minutes) can you post what hdds you have?
My suspicion is that those with smooth playback will probably not have the stock 8GB SSD or any other slow drives..
Join Date: Sep 2009
09-11-2009, 11:33 PM
I just got my Dell Mini 10v (thought I'd post just incase even though it's not a 9) in the mail yesterday morning. I had a choppy video problem in YouTube and Hulu. To say the least it was more than distracting and videos seemed unwatchable. (Youtube low quality was fine)
I installed the K-Lite pack, and now Hulu, and Youtube work 100% perfect, even in HD, full-screen or not, either way is immaculate!
I also cleaned up my startup processes and disabled indexing, not sure if that has anything too do with it.
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