I just recently connected my inspiron 8600 laptop to my HDTV in order to watch movies but noticed that the playback is very choppy. The laptop is a few years old, and has an intel Pentium-M Dothan 2 GHz CPU with an ATI Radeon 9600 Pro Turbo graphics card. Since my HDTV doesn't have an S-video input it's connected via the PC input.
Do you think the GPU just can't handle playing movies full screen on an HDTV?
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is there someway to disable the monitor on the laptop while using your hdtv?
it would squeeze more performance out. dual monitors setups are much harder on videocards.