View Full Version : ibook g4 & internet video (youtube, iplayer etc)

Jan 25, 2011, 04:33 PM
Hi, just trying to breath a bit of life into an old ibook but youtube is unwatchable and so is all internet video, audio - anything 'media' but it never used to be.

All DVDs, QT videos (divX etc) play just fine but internet video is a real problem. What is going on and how can i sort it?

I've read about going back to an old version of flash - is this the solution?

Jan 25, 2011, 04:37 PM
It's just the flash video kicking the CPU's butt basically. I don't think there is a whole lot that can be done about that, as most sites require at least flash player 9, so going back to an old version isn't really an option.

Jan 25, 2011, 05:49 PM
If you like watching YouTube, I recommend downloading MacTubes. It's a free application that organizes videos in an iTunes-like interface and will even let you save them to your hard drive. My iMac struggles quite badly on YouTube, but with the application it runs great. If you do download it, make sure you go in the settings menu and change the settings for the videos to run off QuickTime instead of Flash and you'll be set. Hope this helps.

Jan 25, 2011, 06:10 PM
You probably might as well forget about iplayer. If you downgrade flash to version 8, youtube will magically work (low-res though).

Otherwise, an up-to-date flash version with youtube set to 240p is bearable. I've just been watching some clips now (on my soon-to-be-sold 700mhz imac g4) actually. I have flash version installed, and I made a thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1085750) about it earlier.

In the thread I linked to, I mention a 1.25ghz imac - but I have since cloned the hdd to the older 700mhz imac and even on this slow cpu, as I say, youtube at 240p is bearable. Just.

tom vilsack
Jan 26, 2011, 01:18 AM
i agree with using mactubes....

however i find different browsers can help...what one are you using?