Youtube videos load fine, but play very laggy!

By Kurtiss
Jan 23, 2010
  1. Hello,

    I've been having this problem for so long, sometimes videos will run smooth (like at the framerate it should be at) and then sometimes (pretty much 80% of the time, even if I have just booted up the PC) it will play laggy or at a low framerate...

    What could cause this problem?

    What can I do to solve this problem?

    Some info:
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
    1 GB Ram
    Intel Pentium 4 - 2.8ghz
    ATI Radeon HD 4650

    Here's an image...
    -- I was going to add an image but I can't because of my post count,
    the image is located here:

    The image shows my CPU up to 95% while watching a video with barely any programs running!
  2. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,678   +85

    Which version of Adobe flash player you are running? and what is the quality of your internet connection?
  3. Kurtiss

    Kurtiss TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The version of my flash player is 10, and I have a 7 mbps download speed and 1 mb upload speed.
  4. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,678   +85

    You shouldn't have such lag in performance then hmm, can you please give what active processes you are running at startup? And in Processes Tab of Task Manager please see which process is eating up all that CPU resources/time
  5. Kurtiss

    Kurtiss TS Rookie Topic Starter

    At this very moment Firefox is the largest process using 115,000 K
    And the largest, other then firefox, is Windows Live Messenger at 34,000 K

    I will restart the computer and bring up task manager and give you the info, one sec
    The proccesses that run at start up are:
    process memory
    atieclxx.exe (500 K)
    atiesrxx.exe (500 K)
    CCC.exe (1,900 K)
    audiodg.exe (1,100 K)
    ezprint.exe (1,200 K)
    MOM.exe (1,600 K)
    soffice.exe (284 K)
    msnmsgr.exe (39,200 K)

    The rest is for system, cpu is at 1% - 2% physical memory is at 43% (1 gb of phys mem)

    I would also like to add that I'm using an old motherboard from a Dell Optiplex 260 which I think was made in 2004
  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,678   +85

    There is nothing out of ordinary in that i'd say. What if you press pause immediately when playing a video and let it fill its buffer fully and then play it?
  7. Kurtiss

    Kurtiss TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yep it still lags. :(
  8. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,678   +85

    I have a wireless 1Mb DSL connection it works ok for me at times; sometimes it doesn't but frankly i'd be the last one to be bothered about Youtube or such. However, I suspect in your case its something with the Flash and your catalyst drivers, i will dig bit more into this and will let you know if i come up with something tangible.
  9. Kurtiss

    Kurtiss TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay, thank you
  10. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,678   +85

    Can you please provide me with the catalyst driver details (i.e. version etc.) ?
  11. Kurtiss

    Kurtiss TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Driver Packaging Version 8.62-090505a-080608E-ATI
    Catalystâ„¢ Version 8.62 RC1
    Provider ATI Technologies Inc.
    2D Driver Version
    2D Driver File Path /REGISTRY/MACHINE/SYSTEM/ControlSet001/Control/Class/{4D36E968-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}/0000
    Direct3D Version
    OpenGL Version
    Catalystâ„¢ Control Center Version 2009.0505.2224.38401
  12. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,678   +85

    Alright, these seems to be Release Candidate drivers not the final ones; try these new ones from AMD/ATI site and let me know what are the results.

    Also flash player's latest version is no harm in updating it with the graphics drivers as well.
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