Hulu/Video Playback

Hewlett-packard / Dv2221
February 15, 2009 at 11:21:06
Specs: Vista Business, Turion64x2/2GB
Hi all,
I'm using the above specified computer to try to watch Hulu videos and just video in general and finding that it can't keep up if I take it fullscreen. I'm using a 1680x1050 monitor and try it at lower resolutions which helps but doesn't solve the problem completely. My question is, is the Turion 64 X2 tl-56 now too old to do this kind of thing? At school, I sometimes use a core 2 duo computer with XP and huge monitor and it works without a hitch. I've tried to eliminate all the background tasks and get the idle CPU down to nearly zero. I can't upgrade my ram either. Thanks for any advice!

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February 16, 2009 at 06:18:36
Hulu requirements:

It does not mention 32 vs 64 bit requirements but you could try using the 32bit version of Internet Explorer found already on your system.

P.S. It works fine in Hi-Res on my XP Pro with 1Gb RAM and 12Mb broadband connection.
It has 128Mb video card too that which is not noted on their support site as a requirement.
Perhaps simply upgrade to the correct Flash player.

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February 16, 2009 at 07:23:19
Thanks for the help but it's got flash 10 and the computer came with a 32 bit version of vista. The CPU usage will be under 5 percent, and a hulu video not maximized sucks up over 50% usage. On a Pentium D with vista I have it's about 35-40, on the core 2 with 2.33ghz it's like 15-20. Maybe it's not optimized for AMD. Is yours the exact same processor?

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February 27, 2009 at 09:51:27
No I am running Intel P4 3GHz HT.


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February 28, 2009 at 06:53:02
I think I've found the problem. The CPU clocks down from 1.8 ghz to 800Mhz after about 20 seconds of video playback. It won't let my override it either. It only does this on AC power. If I unplug it and put it on "high performance", it will run full speed and the video plays fine. Looks like I've got a hardware problem or something.

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