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    Angry Web video slow and extremely choppy!

    Streamed videos on various Web sites are slow and choppy for me. The problem seems to be a cross-browser issue, today I did an informal test of various sites I frequently use on both Mozilla Firefox and Chrome.

    The results of my informal test are below, and as you can see they are mostly the same for both Firefox and Chrome.

    Google Chrome-
    You tube-- no problems once video loads, but loading is slow
    Daily show-- very slow loading, sound ok, video extremely slow, choppy, unwatchable
    ESPN--slow to load, sound ok, picture is very slow, choppy
    eHOW--slow to load, sound ok, picture is very slow, choppy

    Mozilla Firefox
    You tube-- no problems but sometimes slow loading
    Daily show-- a little slow loading but sound and picture ok
    ESPN--sound ok but picture very choppy
    eHOW--slow to load, sound ok, picture is very slow, choppy

    Please respond with any suggestions for trouble shooting! I've looked at various Websites and the Network Tools in the System Administration but I'm pretty lost. Other data:

    Ubuntu 10.04
    Toshiba Satellite A100
    432.8 MiB memory;
    Intel Celeron (R)M: 1.40 GHz.

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    Re: Web video slow and extremely choppy!

    Anyone...?

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    Re: Web video slow and extremely choppy!

    Same problem here. AVIs stored on the hard drive play fine, but youtube and other streaming video is very choppy in Firefox and Chrome.

    System monitor shows that playing hi-def AVIs uses less CPU than playing a youtube video, which taxes the CPU at a constant 100 percent. Full-screen streaming is worse yet.

    I tried FlashVideoReplacer in Firefox, but that worked much worse than just using the flash player. the FVR script would stall really long before opening the player, then both video and especially audio were choppy.

    10.04
    Kernel 2.6.32-28-generic
    Memory 495 mb
    Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.4 ghz
    Intel 82845G[Brookdale-g]/GE/PE DRAM controller graphics card

    Also, there seems to be a problem with the graphics driver. All resolution options work fine, but the Ant and GLSlideShow screensavers cause the system to crash. GLXGears works just fine tho.
    Last edited by kindbudz; February 20th, 2011 at 11:59 PM.

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    Re: Web video slow and extremely choppy!

    Thanks for that post, kindbudz. Hopefully someone will see this and help out with some suggestions.

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    Re: Web video slow and extremely choppy!

    Update to this situation: thanks to the helpful advice of Varun on another thread, I tried to install flashplugin-nonfree while uninstalling all other flash plugins.

    This made some difference but unfortunately the basic problem remains. So now I will provide more background info and ask further questions in case anyone out there can help with this:

    1) Before installing 'flashplugin-nonfree' I had been trying 'adobe-flashplugin' and 'ubuntu-restricted-extras' per the recommendation of qjmoss:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1165338

    what is the difference between adobe-flashplugin and flashplugin-nonfree?

    2) The performance problems persist, so I am now posting some further info here in the hopes someone can help.

    I did a lot of digging and found the following information:

    my system is as follows:
    Ubuntu 10.04
    Kernel Linux 2.6.32-30-generic
    GNOME 2.30.2

    memory 432.8 MiB
    Processor: Intel (R) Celeron (R) 1.40GHz
    Avail disk space: 126.8 GiB

    video card is: VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc RC410 [Radeon Xpress 200M] [1002:5a62]


    (If I can provide any other info let me know.)

    I also looked up system requirements for Adobe Flash Player 10.2
    and found the following for linux:

    Intel Pentium 4 2.33GHz, AMD Athlon 64 2800+ or faster processor (or equivalent)
    512MB of RAM
    graphic memory: 128MB of graphics memory (but I have no idea how to figure what my computer's graphic memory capacity is)
    http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/systemreqs/

    My amateur conclusion: adobe flash plugin maxes out my CPU and uses up a great portion of memory when playing videos in browsers. The system monitor shows that usally I'm using 75% of memory and approaching 100% of CPU. Now that I'm using the "flashplugin-nonfree" I get more or less the same results as with adobe flash plugin.

    So the questions continue:

    4) The system requirements for adobe flash may have increased sometime after I originally installed ubuntu 10.04 in August 2010. Does anyone know what the requirements were for previous versions?


    5) Given my system limitations, is there an older version of flash player or a non-adobe equivalent such as gnash I should try?

    6) Should I install an older version of Ubuntu?

    7) Any other ideas? Anyone?

    Most importantly thanks to anyone who has time to look through all this and reply with any potential solutions.

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    Re: Web video slow and extremely choppy!

    I am also experiencing very similar problems. It is not just youtube but many website.

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    Re: Web video slow and extremely choppy!

    This is an old thread.

    From the Ubuntu Forums Code of Conduct http://ubuntuforums.org/misc.php?do=showrules:


    If a post is older than a year or so and hasn't had a new reply in that time, instead of replying to it, create a new thread. In the software world, a lot can change in a very short time, and doing things this way makes it more likely that you will find the best information. You may link to the original discussion in the new thread if you think it may be helpful.
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