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Videos play slow and choppy but sound is ok

I have an imac g3 that is the blue one if that makes a difference.. but it plays videos on youtube slow and choppy but the sound seems to say at a steady smooth pace any help i can get as to why this is happening would be greatly appreciated    the imac has mac os x version 10.4.11 and 256 mb sdram and its a 350 MHz powerpc g3 THANKS

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  • mrcmoore01 Mar 03, 2009

    do you know how much ram this make can handle?


  • mrcmoore01 Mar 03, 2009

    do you know how much ram this make can handle?


  • mrcmoore01 Mar 03, 2009

    do you know how much ram this make can handle?


  • mrcmoore01 Mar 03, 2009

    do you know how much ram this make can handle?


  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2009

    I am having the same choppy video problems on my G4 with 2 GB of ram running on Os x Tiger. I changed to a better video card but that did not help. It's sad that I can run any movie clip or utube on my Pentium 4 with no problem and Mac is supposed to be so superior for graphics, so they say. What is the deal?
    Is there a way around this problem?
    Thanks,
    Randy

  • madcutter May 02, 2009

    thomtime, i see your point, but allow me to counter:
    I have powerbook g4 1.25 ghz with 1.5 memory, and i get the same problem as the OP. you telling me I need to upgrade?

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The video is choppy because your computer is not powerful enough to decode the video. The imac g3 was a great computer in its day but it was never designed to run the graphically intensive programs of today. OS 10.4 already places a lot of demands on an older machine. Adding youtube video only exasperates the problem as there simply isn't enough processing power or memory to run the pretty aqua user interface of OS 10.4 and decode video at the same time.

Adding more ram may help (256 MB is not very much these days) but truth be told I don't think you will see much of an improvement given the low power of the G3 processor. Sorry to say it, but if you want to watch flash videos (youtube) with any level of reliability you are going to have to look for a newer machine. You probably could find a used imac g5 for a good price on ebay or maybe treat yourself to a new imac. Rumour has it Apple will be coming out with a new model in the next few days (weeks) so keep on eye out for that if your thinking of buying new.

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    thomtime Mar 03, 2009

    The iMac G3 has a maximum ram size of 512 MB of PC-100 SD RAM.




    Apple has relased new models of the Mac mini, iMac and Mac Pro today so if your thinking of a new one, now is a good time.

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I have a similar problem working off of an ibook 64, 1.25 gb RAM, 1.06 gHz processor.

The video problem has gotten progressively worse. I used to be able to watch videos no problem, but now the video is choppy even though the audio is fine. This is the case for me no matter where the video is streaming from, the quality of the video, or the length of time my computer is running.

I also sometimes run into the problem where my computer is just very sluggish. It gets tripped up while I am trying to type, taking several seconds to register the characters I have typed or the clicks I have made. The problem seems to be worse when the computer has been on for a while or if the computer was not turned off properly (sometime by battery just falls out and my computer turns off).

Is it possible that this is a hard drive issues? When I upgraded my RAM, the problem went away for a little bit, but now the sluggishness problem is back to usual.

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