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When I play YouTube videos with a resolution higher than 360p, the system starts to lag/freeze. My CPU usage reaches almost 100%. It only happens when I watch a high resolution video on YouTube or straight from the disk.

Can a graphic card upgrade solve this problem?


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There's insufficient information to answer the question. What is your CPU? What is your GPU? What operating system are you running? What version of the video drivers are you running? How much RAM do you have? – ChrisInEdmonton May 5 '14 at 14:14
@ChrisInEdmonton i have updated the answer with the details .... – Jeffy Lazar May 5 '14 at 14:34
Windows 7 isn't supported since April 9, 2013. You need to install SP1. Either way, your graphic card is over 8 years old and it's just not powerful enough. – and31415 May 5 '14 at 14:48

It sounds like your CPU/GPU is not powerful enough to handle HD video. The graphics card in your images, a GeForce 6100. was released in 2005 and is old.

Flash does use the GPU to accelerate video decoding when available. So upgrading your GPU would seem to help and may help you playing HD video outside of Flash as well.

However, if you are using a 2005-era system, your CPU is likely a single core 2Ghz (EDIT: looks like I was wrong!) and you probably are working with 2Gbytes or RAM or less. You may have problems with HD video no matter what you do due to this.

One other thing you can try is an application called Minitube which will play Youtube videos without using Flash's video player (though I wasn't trying to play HD videos). I am able to play video on a 900Mhz Asus netbook with 1GBytes of RAM with little issue (on Linux, I might add).

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i have 4gb ram... so upgrading my graphic card will not help whatsoever??? – Jeffy Lazar May 5 '14 at 14:52
After looking at the specs more closely, it may help. Would be worth a shot. – LawrenceC May 5 '14 at 14:54
Thank you so much @ultrasablade fro your answer and thanks again for minitube suggestion it is awesome :) – Jeffy Lazar May 5 '14 at 15:00

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