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Unfortunately, I am in a very crappy situation here (long story), to where I can only use my old Dell laptop with a 850MHz Pentium 3 and 512 RAM...I was trying to play a movie off my file server that was 720p but it was extremely laggy...Is the processor not fast enough to play it? Has anyone else but chance done this before? Thanks!
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Well my pentium 4 with HT and a x1800XT gpu can barely handle 1080p. I have found though that converting videos to slightly lower than 1080 helps quite a bit and the quality difference is barely noticeable.
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Pentium 3 is nowhere NEAR capable of 720p playback properly. Especially if you're stuck using a GPU of that age as well. If it had a GPU that was capable of GPU accelerated video playback, then it'd be a different story.
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post #4 of 14
No, not at all. Atom based netbooks struggle to run 720p videos.
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Ok, thanks guys. That makes sense, this thing has an ATi Mobility 128, 8MB >.<<br /> Think my brothers 1.5GHz Celeron M can handle it? (He's not using it maybe i can sneak on it) wink.gif
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post #6 of 14
My 1.6GHz Atom can play 720p. You should be fine.
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Originally Posted by GoTMaXPoWeR;12784752 
No, not at all. Atom based netbooks struggle to run 720p videos.

What are you talking about... I can do smooth 720p video at 30fps ... while 1080p dropps down to 23ish fps. Usage is extreme at 90-100%. All you need is a good ssd and latest drivers.

Using HP Mini 2140ca (atom), Intel X-25 SSD 40GB... Windows 7 Ultimate. 2GB Ram. WMP The video sample was a ripped mkv of 11.7gb size in 1080p or 5.5gb ish for 720p.
Edited by mikeseth - 3/18/11 at 8:20pm
post #8 of 14
I remember having to overclock my old Athlon XP 1600+ to watch 720p video, so no, you're probably out of luck.

The computer I was assigned at an internship (a 1.6Ghz Pentium IV) played 1080p quicktime video at a rate measured in seconds per frame.
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post #9 of 14
Atoms are approximately equivalent to Pentium 4s. And P4 Prescotts need to be OC'd to 4.2GHz to play back 1080p video without stuttering (assuming there's no GPU help).

PIIIs have no hope of handling 720p video without some major coprocessor assistance. You might be able to get away with a Geforce 6-series if you transcode to MPEG-2 first, but I can't say for sure. Might be worth a try though.
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post #10 of 14
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Yeah I guess there's no hope for this poor old thing. Maybe if it was a desktop Pentium 3 cause i have an old X1650 lying around but oh well. Thanks for all your help!
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