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HD3650 plays video choppily

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
January 24, 2012 1:40:00 PM

From what I have read in other threads, it ought to be able to

hardware specifications
intel pentium 4 2.80ghz (2cpus)
1.5gb ddr2 kingston RAM
ati powercolor hd 3650 agp 512mb
Latest drivers from ati website
winxp home pro
resolution im on is 1024 768

My problem is that when i go on facebook and play a video, for example
this link
i enable the HD mode and it becomes really choppy
I tried downloading the entire video and playing it with Quicktimebut its equally choppy, therefore wasnt buffering/broadband issues

Help, what is causing this?
January 24, 2012 1:51:07 PM

I'm guessing it's your CPU... play the video and go into Task Manager(Ctrl-Alt-Delete)... Click on the 'Performance' Tab and see how much CPU/RAM is being used when playing back the HD video....
January 24, 2012 1:51:13 PM

Update Flash
Update DirectX
Update Browser

If still not working Try this

Edit: The following is for WindowsXP Not sure about Windows 7
Right click desktop>Properties>settings>troubleshooting> Slide the slider all the way to the right.

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January 24, 2012 1:55:24 PM

jdenova: 99%
but that doesnt make sense. i saw in another tomshardware thread some guy had the same video card and crappier cpu and was doing 720 fine.

and thanks brythespy but i think the issue is the CPU/RAM :) 

edit: ok its 55% if i predownload the mp4 and play in quicktime
and its 100% fully maxed out in firefox, web streaming from FB
January 24, 2012 1:57:47 PM

Defiantly Install DirectX
January 24, 2012 2:04:31 PM

i already have dx 9.0c installed :X
January 24, 2012 2:06:57 PM

That card supports DirectX 10.1 install that. Also Try DirectX 11 it may be supported not sure
January 24, 2012 2:19:00 PM

CPU and RAM usage also depend on "background" programs that may be running. Just because your hardware is better doesn't mean you are guaranteed to run things better. May have to stop some programs from eating your CPU and RAM.

So, when you playback in QuickTime it hits 55% but it's still choppy? What's the RAM at?

Can you play it back using VLC?
January 24, 2012 2:48:50 PM

quicktime: 55% cpu 1gb ram
VLC: 100% cpu 0.75gb ram
a c 125 U Graphics card
January 24, 2012 2:59:36 PM

Are you sure you're plugged into your GPU and not the integrated graphics?

Also you can try running GPUZ to check the status on the GPU during playback. Specifically if it is changing clocks at all, and getting usage.
January 24, 2012 3:13:57 PM

hmmm, not sure... is it ONLY that particular HD video? Can you run/Download an HD video from another site?
January 24, 2012 3:15:12 PM

nope clock speeds doesnt change.
seems like its being used.. fan speed utilisation goes from 2-4%
a c 106 U Graphics card
January 24, 2012 3:44:07 PM

Make sure GPU acceleration is enabled. Go to Youtube and pause a video. Right click on the video to get the contextual drop down menu. Click on Settings. Make sure the GPU acceleration is enabled, which is the only setting on the Display tab by the way. Once it's enabled restart your browser and try again.
January 24, 2012 4:01:44 PM

yup enabled it through youtube and brythespy's method
youtube is fine for 480. 720 can get slightly choppy, but its much better than facebook or downloading the fb videofile
a c 106 U Graphics card
January 24, 2012 4:08:26 PM

Well that's all I got. Besides there's no point in you going above 720p since that's a resolution of 1280x720. Thus there is extra work with the video being downscaled to fit your resolution. Try to OC your CPU a little if it bothers you