PowerMac G3 - choppy video playback

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by acedickson, Jan 25, 2007.

  1. acedickson macrumors 6502a

    acedickson

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    I'm currently running an old powermac G3 that's fine with everything except video playback.

    My question, is it the 300mhz processor, the video card (stock ATI rage), or a combination of both?

    Before it's said, I would buy a new computer if I could afford it.
     
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I believe that a 400 MHz G3 was the minimum recommended for QuickTime 6, let alone version 7.

    Your machine doesn't quite exceed that.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Try using VLC for playback instead. Quicktime is terrible on older machines.
     
  4. acedickson thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I appreciate all the help. I wasn't sure where the bottleneck was, I'll give VLC a try. Any suitable solution will do for the next couple months until I can afford my MBP...
     
  5. BILLMCC macrumors newbie

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    I have one of the first G5 machines with the single 1.6ghz. Ram upgraded to 2GB. I've tried running HD content in QT and it chokes. Is there anything I can do short of saving for a new intel mac?
     
  6. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    Performance depends in part on what you're playing. I know, for example, that the Rage 128 cards in G3 Power Macs have a hardware MPEG2 decoder that speeds up DVD playback, but may not be used when just viewing QuickTime mpegs.

    Apple's HD trailers use the CPU, and require a beefy one - my 1.4GHz G4 is choppy with 720 res HD trailers on a 1680x1050 screen, but I'm guessing all the Intel Macs handle them OK.
     
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Yep, no problems running HD trailers on my MacBook Pro. :)
     

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