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Default Does xtra RAM affect video performance? - 12-30-2010, 10:36 PM

I never thought about using mini for watching anything but I'm taking it on a long flight and I was wondering if there is a noticeable difference in the video department? It's actually not that bad with only 1GB installed but it does get choppy occasionally. I'm totally fine with everything else.

PS. Perhaps there is something I could uninstall/turn off to get the smoothest video?
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Default 12-30-2010, 10:57 PM

No, it doesn't. What kind of videos are you watching? The 9 can't really do HD, though I have watched some UK widescreen videos and it did fine. Try using VLC to play movies and it may do better.

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Default 12-31-2010, 12:52 AM

The video driver on the Minis uses system RAM for itself, and I think the amount it uses is related to the total system RAM. So, more system RAM can mean more "video" RAM.

But video playback requires virtually no RAM, and won't benefit from more. System or video.

That answers your question about RAM, but about video playback in general...

Is your Mini a 1010? Or do you have the Broadcom Crystal video decoder card? (most common on the 1012)

If no and no, then video decoding falls to the Mini's CPU. Quality software can improve playback, but once you're using decent software, there's little room for improvement.

The video "card" only performs colorspace conversion and scaling. Easy tasks once the CPU has done the hard work of decoding.

It's possible to add the Broadcom decoder card aftermarket to improve video decoding. But the card is $50, and depending on your Mini, you might need to pull the WiFi card to add the decoder (then use a USB WiFi adapter).

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Default 12-31-2010, 02:59 PM

I have mini9 Vostro so I guess "it is what it is" . I don't watch any HD videos on it - it's a tiny screen after all - just some TV shows I missed and only once in a blue moon.
Thx guys, you saved me $40.
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Default 12-31-2010, 06:40 PM

adding additional RAM is never a waste, it will speed up your system and being as where there is little you can do to speed these up I personally would do whatver I could to speed it up....I have a 1010 which is virtually stuck at 1gb if I could go to 2gb I would have done it a year and a half ago the day after I bought this....if I was you splurge the $40 and get a little more speed....

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