Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:03 pm Post subject: Re: Choppy on fullscreen...fine on normal size
When I view videos in full screen, it becomes choppy and skips frames.
When I view them normal size, it's perfectly fine.
It's an older laptop (about 10 years old). Do I need to upgrade the video card or RAM or what?
Well, in the first place, You need to tell us all about that laptop....make, model, OS and anything else you can think of.
You can't change the Video Circuit in an old laptop.
It's not even a CARD....it's a video chip set made right into the motherboard.
Ram? You should have maxed out the ram years ago, when it was still more available. You may be able to increase the ram slightly, but not much.
Old laptop ram is getting hard to find and also expensive.
But if you'll just go to www.crucial.com and take their free scan, they can tell you exactly what you've got and what you might be able to add.
More than likely whats happening is that your hard drive is getting cluttered with junk files and you may have picked up some little programs that start when you boot-up that are sapping your system's resources.
You didn't mention what OS you're running but I'd have to guess 98 or ME. Is that right?
You can RUN MSCONFIG and in the Startup tab, DE-Select every program that you don't absolutely HAVE to have running all the time.
Then do your hard drive maintenance.
Disk Cleanup and Defrag is a good place to start.
That can free up a lot of hard drive space and greatly improve performance.
But, fill in all the blanks as I've indicated above so we know what computer we're talking about.
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