ibook g4 & internet video (youtube, iplayer etc)

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by fluidedge, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. fluidedge macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2007
    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?
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    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.
  3. ryannel2003 macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2005
    Greenville, NC
    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.
  4. pubjoe macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2007
    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 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.
  5. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    i agree with using mactubes....

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

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