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    I have an older laptop that I use to watch videos but whenever I try to watch an hd video, it pixelates very badly!! I know it's not my connection because this also happens with hd videos that have been downloaded!

    So now I'm thinking of buying another computer. (I also use PhotoShop & some hidden object games but mostly I will be using this computer to watch videos)

    What do you think of this computer? Will it play videeos better?


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    it *may* do, but here's my experience.

    HD video will play much better if you have a stand alone video card. I believe (but may be wrong) that computer has what is known as *on board* graphics, which shares RAM with the motherboard.

    I have 2 computers at the minute. Both have the same RAM and processor, but one has a video card with its own 1GB graphics memory, the other has an on-board (shared) card.

    When playing video from my HD camera, it plays fine on the standalone PC, but jumps like crazy on my shared computer.

    My advice would be to look at the options for a better video card.

    At the very least, go for more RAM. 2GB just wont do for shared graphics of HD quality in my opinion.

    EDIT: just saw the photoshop mention. DEFINATLY go for a better graphics card and about 4GB ram.
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    I agree with MrDarn....better card and more ram for better video

    My wife's computer is similar to what you posted and it is weak with some video....but will not allow a ram upgrade or video card ...it is a small compact tower

    If you can upgrade the video card and add memory that would be better
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    MrDarn and abseh1 have both given excellent advice and I would strongly recommend you follow it. Another point though would be, if you can afford it, is to stay away from e-machine products. Over the years we have come across many requests for help with regards to e-machines and can only conclude that the product has its problems. Most buy them because of their low prices, but the old expression 'you get what you pay for' is true in this case. If you're willing to purchase a new PC every year or two, then go for it.


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    Canuck, reminds me of a conversation i had with a car repair mechanic.

    He argued that Ford and Vauxhall were very bad cars to buy, as he had them in the shop for repair so often. He recomended TVR as a car to buy, as he only seen one in his shop.

    After some research, i found out Ford and Vauxhall sold 400,000 cars this year alone. TVR sold 429.

    looking at statistics, if one in 429 TVR's go wrong, but 40 of the others do, which has the best percentage of cars that go wrong?

    Then think about available spare parts. theres more chance of finding spares for a run of 400,000 cars than 429.

    Personally, up till about 2 years ago, i advised to stay away from Acer and E-Machines. Now, i say go get them. I can easily find spares for them, problems are well documented, as are solutions, and i've had an Acer for 3 yrs now, and not had one bit of bother from it.

    Popular things will always have a greater number of individual problems, due to human error and manufacturing faults. But percentage wise, i find they are about even, if not better for actual breakdowns.

    Then again, build quality has to count for something. You do get what you pay for, but cheaper things are cheaper to fix!
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    thanks MrDarn, I have another computer that I use for web surfing, email, PhotoShop, etc In other words, I like using this computer for everything else except videos. And it plays HD videos fine with no pixelization! It's a Dell all in one. But I don't want to buy another all in one simply because it doesn't have many options for upgrading.

    here are the specs on that computer:


    Processor
    Type Intel® Celeron®
    Intel Celeron Dual-Core
    Intel Pentium® Dual-Core
    Intel Core™2 Duo
    Intel Core2 Quad

    Drives and Devices
    Drives one 3.5-inch internal
    hard-drive, one tray-load optical drive
    Wireless (optional) LAN 802.11 b/g
    Available devices serial ATA hard drive, DVD-ROM (optional), DVD+/- RW (optional), microphone array, and 8-in-1 Media Card Reader

    Memory
    Connectors two internally-accessible DIMM sockets
    Capacities 1 GB and 2 GB
    Memory type dual channel 800 MHz DDR2
    Memory configurations possible 1 GB, 2 GB, 3 GB, and 4 GB

    Computer Information
    System chipset Intel G41+ICH7
    Data bus width 64 bits
    Processor address

    bus width
    32 bits
    BIOS chip (NVRAM) W25X80AVSSIG
    (8 Mb)
    Memory speed 800 MHz
    System bus frequency 800/1066/1333 MHz

    External Connectors
    Network adapter RJ45 connector
    USB 2.0 three side-panel and three back-panel connectors
    Audio two side-panel connectors for microphone/line-in and headphone/line-out; one back-panel connector for line-out
    IEEE 1394a one side-panel 4-pin serial connector

    Video
    Video type Intel X4500
    LCD interface Low-Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS)

    Audio
    Audio type Integrated speakers
    Power 2 W x 2

    Display
    Type (active-matrix TFT) 18.5 inches, 16:9, WXGA
    Maximum resolution 1366 x 768
    Luminance 300 cd/m2
    Response time (typical) 5 ms
    Contrast ratio Min. 600; Typ. 1000
    Viewing angles 8° to 35°

    Camera
    Pixel 1.3 megapixel
    Video resolution 1280 x 1024 at 8 fps
    160 x 120 ~ 640 x 480 at 30 fps
    Diagonal viewing angle 66°

    Power
    Wattage 130 W
    Voltage 100-240 VAC
    Backup battery 3-V CR2032 lithium coin cell

    Physical
    Type Inspiron One 19 Inspiron One 19T
    Height 386.39 mm (15.21 inches) 385.90 mm (15.20 inches)
    Width 477.39 mm (18.79 inches) 476.90 mm (18.80 inches)
    Depth 103.98 mm (4.09 inches) 107.30 mm (4.20 inches)
    Weight (approximate) 7.3 kg (16.1 lb) 8.3 kg (18.3 lb)

    Computer Environment
    Temperature range:
    Operating 10°C to 35°C
    (50°F to 95°F)
    Storage -40°C to 65°C
    (-40°F to 149°F)
    Relative humidity 10% to 90%
    (non-condensing)
    Maximum vibration (using a random-vibration spectrum that simulates user environment):
    Operating 0.26 GRMS random for
    2 min in all operational orientations
    Storage 2.2 GRMS random for
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    Maximum shock (measured with hard drive in
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    Operating Half-Sine Pulse: 40G for 2ms with a change in velocity of 20 in/s
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    Storage Half-Sine Pulse: 40G for 22 ms with a change in velocity of 240 in/s
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    But thank you for your opinion, I never thought of getting a stand alone video card, that sounds like good advice!


    Quote Originally Posted by MrDarn View Post
    it *may* do, but here's my experience.

    HD video will play much better if you have a stand alone video card. I believe (but may be wrong) that computer has what is known as *on board* graphics, which shares RAM with the motherboard.

    I have 2 computers at the minute. Both have the same RAM and processor, but one has a video card with its own 1GB graphics memory, the other has an on-board (shared) card.

    When playing video from my HD camera, it plays fine on the standalone PC, but jumps like crazy on my shared computer.

    My advice would be to look at the options for a better video card.

    At the very least, go for more RAM. 2GB just wont do for shared graphics of HD quality in my opinion.

    EDIT: just saw the photoshop mention. DEFINATLY go for a better graphics card and about 4GB ram.

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    darn! I like the small size! Simply because I don't like lifting heavy computers....but you make a good point too! Maybe I should get a normal size tower instead...thanks! I think I'll keep shopping for a better model

    Quote Originally Posted by abseh1 View Post
    I agree with MrDarn....better card and more ram for better video

    My wife's computer is similar to what you posted and it is weak with some video....but will not allow a ram upgrade or video card ...it is a small compact tower

    If you can upgrade the video card and add memory that would be better

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    thanks Canuck! I have an older emachines computer but I never liked it because it is noisy! It's just like sitting in a room with a noisy fan running all of the time!

    yes, I have noticed many sales & low prices on emachines computers. You're right, many times you do get what you paid for! Thanks

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    that makes sense!! Thanks!

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    I think the other guys have it covered with the graphics card! If you are just having trouble with HD videos on Youtube, where they are going to pixels, or having them turn green or one other solid color, there might be an easier solution. (I had a similar problem, and this worked for me.) Also make sure that all your flash players and whatnot are up to date : ) And if you fix it there, it might help with the other video issues. (Sorry, I'm not very hightech, and I hope this helps!)
    1) Right click on youtube video.
    2) Click Settings
    2) I get these tabs: Display, Privacy, Local Storage, Microphone and Camera.
    3) Under Display, I UNCHECKED the 'Enable hardware acceleration' tickbox.
    4) Refeshed and works fine now.

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