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720p movies on a laptop

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I was whipped last night when I have tested a 720p high definition movie on my lappy. The movie is the "old" Pulp Fiction and it played form the HDD having been copied from a bludisk.

The lappy has a Turion TK53 CPU pegged by me at 800MHz and 0.8V to save power either in battery or plugged-in mode. Other parts relevant to the config are the 120GB Fujitsu 5400rpm HDD, XP, and 1GB of DDR2-533. Also let's not forget the very important mobo based on nvidia 7050m chipset.

Let me tell you this, it was flawless. No shaking, no cutting frames, smooth ride all the way. I can't explain why though, I'm searching for an "excuse" to get another lappy - CPU AMD DC @800MHz, 7050m chipset.

In theory this rig should absolutely suck at playing HD movies (according to the hardware sites) that praise the dual core @over 3GHz or the 780G chipset as minimal requirements...

What's your take on this? Are the hardware demands for HD that high or could they run on a rig with lesser specs?

Cheers!
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Well, you must have the laptop configued well enough to have the available resources for watching movies smoothly. Not many people know how to stop backround apps, let alone find the chipset model number Most hardware review sites, when they say something should suck at doing something, are usually comparing the features of the new versus old hardware. While your current lappy may play HD video back at smooth quality, the newer lappies have more modern codecs, can provide crisper quality and can therefore satisfy the big-screen HDMI-output enthusiasts.

For watching the movie directly on the lappy, if you have an HD screen built-in and the system plays back the HD video fine, then keep it, there is no reason for you to switch aside from wanting a newer, more stylish lappy (and yes, they have gotten VERY stylish over the past year). If you want to watch your HD movies on a 47 inch LCD TV or Plasma TV through HDMI, then you're going to need a new system.

Pulp Fiction ROCKS!!!
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The lappy isn't certified to be HD ready, but it does support 1280x720 (which is 720p as far as I know).

The only "configuration" I did was to wipe the Vista installation it had @ stock to put XP which is more suitable for such a device with 1GB of ram. BTW, it's not that bad looking :
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When you copied from the BluRay, did you re-encode it? What codec were you using?
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