PowerBook G4 – Slow YouTube
Ever wondered why YouTube and other flash video streaming services run slowly and choppy on your beloved PowerBook G4, even when you allow for 100% buffering and run the latest version of Adobe Flash???
Here’s why and how to get around it.
It’s no secret that the PowerBook G4 series are run by the PowerPC CPU. Although not as fast or developed as the Intel Macs, my Tiger PowerBook, with a 1.5GHZ PPC and 1.25GB RAM is a fast little companion.
But YouTube playback was next to impossible!!
Google revealed that I wasn’t the only sufferer, but alot of the suggestions were unworkable.
Go to System Preferences > Energy Saver > (show all) Options and make sure your Processor Performance is set to “Automatic” or “Highest” rather than “Reduced”.
It appears that “Reduced” is the default, undoubtedly to save on battery life.
‘ have of course tested this fix and implemented it for myself. I set it to highest and played a YT video. Sure enough, the playback was of good standard. I then dropped it back to Reduced and, as expected, the playback suffered. I’ve now set it to Automatic, and the playback is reasonable again.
I didn’t find this little gem on my own though. However, the only person to suggest this idea is buried under many non-working suggestions – and no body has returned to the topic to confirm this works!
Thanks to cm752004 on the Apple Forums. I’m posting the fix here as it’s not well documented – so at least THAT’s a first!
Would anyone like to try the following Open Source Flash Player and report back with results?
JW Player: http://www.longtailvideo.com/players/jw-flv-player/