[ubuntu-uk] Jerky Streaming Video.

Andrew Jenkins andrew.jenkins at bigfoot.com
Tue Jan 8 20:10:39 GMT 2008

Whenever I try to watch any streaming video such
as BBC iPlayer or YouTube things aren't right.
After a few minutes the video will start to pause
and jump in short bursts, the sound is fine. I'm
guessing that my machine cannot cope (or at least
the video card can't), when this happens the processor
fan will have wound up to flat-out.

The laptop in question is a Sony Vaio with a 2.4GHz
Pentium 4 and 1Gb of RAM, more than enough for video.
I know the internet connection isn't to blame as my
wifes 1.7GHz Toshiba (connected via the same wireless
access point) manages the video no problem.

I'm running Ubuntu 7.10 with Gnome 2.2 and using Firefox to watch the video. Running 'top' shows FF
is using around 7% CPU when the video is paused and
more like 85% when the video is playing.

Anybody have any ideas where to start looking?

Andy Jenkins.

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