Will more RAM help MKV's load faster?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Ben1l, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. Ben1l macrumors regular

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    I have a mac mini (2ghz Intel Core 2 Duo) with 1gb of RAM that I use as a media centre. I pretty much only use Front Row on it. Most of the time I watch HD MKV files, but am sick of waiting for them to load in Front Row (the blue progress bar). I just wanted to know if upgrading the RAM on it would help speed up this loading/buffering?

    Many thanks!
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    It's loaded from the HD thus RAM wouldn't help much. You could upgrade the HD to faster, 7200rpm drive to speed it up.

    Or try another app. I have the same issue with Quicktime, I can't jump to one point before it has loaded but I have no such issue with VLC
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    Also take a look at Movist, as it has some kind of Front Row equivalent, started via pressing the "N" key or sometimes you have to use "Cmd+N".
     
  4. Aegelward macrumors 6502a

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    I've found a huge improvement with the loading time of MKV files with the XBMC Dharma Beta

    What took a minute or two previously loads in seconds.

    Not to mention native GPU acceleration
     
  5. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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  6. JayX macrumors member

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    Agree with the two previous, there's far better 3rd party HTPC solutions on OSX than the built in Front Row. I didn't even know FR supported MKV!
     
  7. Madd the Sane macrumors 6502

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    If you use Perian, you can make QuickTime (and by extension, Front Row) play MKV files. However, as far as MKV loading times, this is partly a limitation of QuickTime 7 and partly a limitation of Perian.
     

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