Why can't my laptop run HD videos?!

I have a Toshiba Satellite L355. Granted its a couple years old now, but with a dual-core AMD Turion and 3gb RAM(http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/retail-product.jsp?poid=431238), I thought I would be able to play my Canon 7d videos? 1080p 30fps or 720p at 60fps, it doesn't matter it stutters awful! Using Quicktime, it shows the 1080p videos playing at 15fps!! :lol: Is it the ATI graphics card that is letting it down or is it just an outdated processor etc? I did a test at Best buy in playing a 1080p video off youtube and looking at the processor and ram used. Almost all were working from 10-15% cpu. I went home and mine is using 90%+ :whistle:

Are there any laptops under $600 that could play and edit HD vids? I've been looking and "building" some Cyberpower desktops, but I would much rather have the mobility of the laptop. I know a laptop won't replace a desktop as a workstation, but video editing isn't a career of mine. If it took a few extra minutes to render that would be fine. As long as I could even watch the videos PERIOD I would be happy! My Dad just bought an decent priced ASUS and played the 7d vids just fine. :fou:

Thanks anyone
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  1. It's most likely due to the older graphics chip you have in it. Check out this link to newegg and select the price range you are looking for, as most laptops now a days can handle HD video (I would recommend getting something with a dedicated graphics card if possible):

    http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=32&name=Laptops-Notebooks
  2. You might try:
    1. Updating the graphics card
    2. Use VLC http://videolan.org


    Or it may be the case that the video from your 7D has a pretty high bitrate (15MB+ per second).

    *After reading a bit, the 3100 may be simply unable to play HD videos properly as it might be missing some of the UVD features (though I'm not sure).
  3. Have 2 Toshibia Laptops - A205-5804 and a A305-6905.

    Note: I have not done any video editting on these - Comments strickly on Play back.

    A205-5804. Proc = T2330 (1.6 GHz - Which is LESS than recommended min for Blu-ray playback) w/ X3100 Video
    Added - Note your L355D-7901 has a faster Proc (2.1 GHz), the Video is 3100 with 256 Megs My Video is X3100 w/128 Megs (Not sure of diff between X3100 and 3100).

    After verifing that it would work, I bought a Blu-ray Reader/DVD writter drive and replaced the DVD drive in lap top. Plays Blu-ray disk just fine.

    Subsequently I purchashed the A305 and also replaced the DVD drive with a Blu-ray ROM/DVD writer. Also worked fine.

    Both laptops were approx $550 (@best buy). The A205 DVD drive is PATA and the Blu-ray drive was Approx $100. The A305 was SATA DVD drive (would have just swapped DVD drives if A305 was Pata. Everwhere I found the SATA version was $200 (NO REASON For double the price). Found several in ASIA for $100 - ordered it from Tiawan.

    If I copy the Stream file over to the HDD in the Laptop, my players have no trouble playing the file.

    I use arcsoft totalmedea Theatre 3 for the player on the A305 and Cyberlink powerDVD on the A205

    Have you run any of the "Blu-ray" compatability programs.
  4. amnotanoobie said:
    You might try:
    1. Updating the graphics card
    2. Use VLC http://videolan.org


    Or it may be the case that the video from your 7D has a pretty high bitrate (15MB+ per second).

    *After reading a bit, the 3100 may be simply unable to play HD videos properly as it might be missing some of the UVD features (though I'm not sure).



    Definitely high bitrate videos! The graphics card isn't upgradeable as I recall...Which leaves it dead in the water
  5. RetiredChief said:
    Have 2 Toshibia Laptops - A205-5804 and a A305-6905.

    Note: I have not done any video editting on these - Comments strickly on Play back.

    A205-5804. Proc = T2330 (1.6 GHz - Which is LESS than recommended min for Blu-ray playback) w/ X3100 Video
    Added - Note your L355D-7901 has a faster Proc (2.1 GHz), the Video is 3100 with 256 Megs My Video is X3100 w/128 Megs (Not sure of diff between X3100 and 3100).

    After verifing that it would work, I bought a Blu-ray Reader/DVD writter drive and replaced the DVD drive in lap top. Plays Blu-ray disk just fine.

    Subsequently I purchashed the A305 and also replaced the DVD drive with a Blu-ray ROM/DVD writer. Also worked fine.

    Both laptops were approx $550 (@best buy). The A205 DVD drive is PATA and the Blu-ray drive was Approx $100. The A305 was SATA DVD drive (would have just swapped DVD drives if A305 was Pata. Everwhere I found the SATA version was $200 (NO REASON For double the price). Found several in ASIA for $100 - ordered it from Tiawan.

    If I copy the Stream file over to the HDD in the Laptop, my players have no trouble playing the file.

    I use arcsoft totalmedea Theatre 3 for the player on the A305 and Cyberlink powerDVD on the A205

    Have you run any of the "Blu-ray" compatability programs.



    I think the problem lies in the high bitrate of the Canon 7d files, as I am generally able to play just about any HD vid online.
  6. Time for an upgrade! Wonder if a 17" with the ability to play 7d 1080p vids is out there for under $600....
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