Fullscreen internet videos don't work

April 17, 2011 at 10:40:01
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium x86 (32-bit), 2 GHz / 1022 MB
Hi, I just bought a Sapphire HD Radeon 3650 512MB 64-bit video card for an aging computer system I acquired. Everything is installed properly, and I have the latest ATI Catalyst Control Centre installed (drivers are up-to-date). Using Firefox 4.0 as my Internet browser.
When I try to watch any internet video fullscreen, ie YouTube, the video often does not appear, artifacts DO appear, and I can still hear sound. On the occasion where the video does work, the progress bar on the bottom is jagged, and sometimes only reaches a certain spot. Artifacts everywhere.

Here is a screenshot:

Notice how jagged the progress bar/UI is at the bottom.
Level of jaggedness varies each time, as does amount of artifacts.

Now, this may be because my resolution is 1440x900, but no way am I setting it any lower. Everything is either blurry, stretched, or letterboxed when I set it lower. I suppose that's my monitor's fault, but seeing as I got it for free with the PC... can't complain.

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April 17, 2011 at 12:23:41
unfortunately you have no screenshot in your post.

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April 17, 2011 at 14:12:29
Artifacts can be caused by the video card overheating. FF4 MIGHT be a problem as many have had issues with it.

"Now, this may be because my resolution is 1440x900" You didn't post your monitor model. I will assume that 1440x900 may be the native resolution. That means you have a 16:10 screen ratio. If this is correct then running any resolution that is not 16:10 will look stretched or distorted.

Why do you need to run at full screen (19")?

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April 17, 2011 at 15:11:27
I have no screenshot? Funny, I see an embedded one right here...
here is the link: http://i55.tinypic.com/1zdlnx3.jpg
Monitor model is a Samsung SyncMaster 931BW. As I mentioned, 1440x900 is the best resolution, and anything lower than that is blurry or stretched or letterboxed; therefore, 1440x900 is the native resolution. Plus, both Windows Display Control Panel and ATI Catalyst Control Centre tell me that it is the recommended resolution.

Video card is not overheating, I can play games and browse the internet and listen to music and watch the Aeon visualization on iTunes fine with no problems.
I have a feeling that it is something to do with Flash.

Also, I don't quite understand; FF4? Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't think I mentioned anything that could be abbreviated as FF4? Though it does make me think of Final Fantasy IV.. but that's not what we're talking about here.

I also don't understand what you mean by that last part, "Why do you need to run at full screen?" Do you mean the videos? That'd be because it's very hard to see what the heck is going on at my resolution, without full screen. And yes, the monitor is a 19" widescreen display. If you meant the resolution, which I don't see why that would have been what you meant, as you yourself said that 1440x900 is 16:10.

I apologize if I come off sounding annoyed; I am tired and my Win7 laptop refuses to let me log on, and I need to do something important.

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April 17, 2011 at 15:27:07
Apparently, going to Adobe's website and downloading Flash (not the plugin, but the standalone) fixed it..
but for how long?

I'll keep this open in case the problem returns (though I don't think you can lock threads on here, can you?)

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April 17, 2011 at 17:30:05
Re #1. I can see image - are you set to "Images are on" in computing.net settings?

For some reason the image link seems to die at times. Currently I have a big blank with a red X on it, and the link given later seems to never open.

Please come back and let us know how you got on.

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April 17, 2011 at 19:14:26
FF4 = FireFox 4. "Using Firefox 4.0 as my Internet browser".

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