xd_1771· Premium Member
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Need a laptop for school project to have displaying videos at up to 720p resolution on a desk. Still coming up with funds for my own Brazos netbook so I'll have to use one of my parent's. As usual mom's probably not going to let me use her laptop, so I'm stuck with my dad's. He's letting me reinstall it to Windows 7 (from Vista) for better performance. It has a Celeron M 430 @ 1.73Ghz (isn't this based on Core microarchitecture?) and Xpress 200M graphics so obviuosly no GPU accelerated video playback. I don't think this machine could ever smoothly play 720p using the Vista OS. My question is - with 7 and proper drivers and codecs etc. - will this be enough to play 720p? I think it is a yes but unsure, but for reference my second HTPC is an AMD K7-era 1.6Ghz processor machine running XP, using an old nVidia graphics card that can't accelerate anything but DVD-quality MPEG-2, that can actually play 720p MP4 files smoothly via Media Player Classic.