On another forum, I had asked a question about playing streaming video content on the Internet at websites like Youtube:
"Can I get better playback of YouTube videos on my PC or is this hopeless?
I'm only using the 360p setting to watch videos on youtube. I use the small player at YouTube and the CPU is at 50-60%. I switch to the large player and CPU goes to 80-90%. You try to go full screen with the player and the CPU hits 100% and the video won't play without glitches. I know this is the result of either a) low CPU availability (I have a single Pentium 4 CPU, 2.4 GHz), only having an integrated graphics controller instead of a video card (it's an Intel 82845G), or having only 2 GB RAM total. What I want to know is if it is hopelessly going to be like this or can one of these components be either tweaked or changed to get me playback that allows for full screen? Which of these components is most important in this case:
2. video card
3. available RAM"
--someone responded to this Q by saying I should try using Linux because Windows XP (my current OS) was likely making it harder to use my CPU efficiently. Over the years I have shut down many Windows services to reduce CPU and RAM usage so that now (including svchosts) I've only got 20 running processes that show up on task manager. There were 38 more processes running at one time all competing for CPU and Ram!
I had already thought about Windows XP causing some of the problem with video playback limitations on my computer, but all operating systems will use a share of the CPU and RAM. You think I could set up a partition on the hard drive to boot the computer in Linux and then use it only for the Internet and for watching video on YouTube? Will it get me significant improvement? Or, given the hardware itself is going to be the weakest link, it won't matter much? Here's some info on my system:
CPU Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 2.40GHz
Model P4 (0.13 μm)
CPU Socket XU1 PROCESSOR
Adapter Name Intel® 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller
Video RAM 64 MB
Driver Version 220.127.116.1142
Ethernet Intel® PRO/100 VE Network Connection - Packet Scheduler Miniport
Total Memory (RAM) installed in this PC 2,040 MB
Memory Used 37 %
Total Page File Memory 3,938 MB
Available Page File Memory 3,345 MB
Thanks for any advice you can give (other than telling me to buy a new system).