Well, here we come...
I have a Power Mac G4 computer (Power Macintosh G4/1.25 mirrored Drive Doors 2003) with the following technical specifications;
- CPU: PowerPC G4 (3.3), 1.25 GHz, Mac Os X Tiger 10.4.11
- 1.25 GB RAM, 378 GB HDD
- ATI Radeon 9000 Pro, ATY RV250 Chipset, VRAM 64 MB
- External Screen running at 1280 x 768 @ 60 Hz
I know that the computer is quite old and therefore it is quite limited in terms of the progress of updates in the world of video and music (obviously the same if you want to work with that).
Anyway, first i tried the computer with Mac Os X Leopard but Tiger version works like a charm. Incredible.
The problem comes when i try to play videos on this machine mainly with VlC 0.9.10 (last version supported for Tiger) and Quicktime 7.6.4. (I have also tried several video players). All the kind of videos i tried to play get stuck and advance with so much lag that I would like to open the window and throw away the computer.
I have spent whole nights trying to find the solution over the internet at the same time that I have tried to apply different tips but the result is always the same; videos that play slowly out of sync with the audio and distorting the image.
Maybe it's a codec problem, I really don't know. If someone could help me I would be very grateful.
With all my respect,
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I really donít know squat about what Iím talking about, BUT.. have you considered running one of the Linux operating systems on you G4? Maybe some of the Linux techies have something that will work(?).
Pretty sure it's a "hardware is too old" problem.
Yeah, Iīm starting at think the same, you know, the machine is from 2003 and the video card is an ATI Radeon 9000 Pro of just 64 MB so...
A lot of old videos edited on this machine works perfect but If I try to play a video that I edited on a macbook pro from 2012, there is no way, it gets imposible. It should be too much of a load for the computer I think.
Anyway, it is a machine that works excellent to work with the cs2 suite of photoshop, indesign, etc., also with final cut and logic express. A fairly faithful machine despite everything. What to say, it is 17 years old.
how full i your HDD ?? and have tried defraging your HDD.
also try this for VLC stuttering - https://mattgadient.com/vlc-mac-stutter-the-fix/
Last edited by october262; 27th Apr 2020 at 21:30.
yes, i have installed the latest version of the driver for the ATI RADEON 9000 PRO (still have support on OS X Tiger) that I found in macintoshgarden (it is also the same latest version found in sites with old mac repositories).
It's 378 HDD - 2 partitions; Operativ system (78 GB) and Files&Stuff (300 GB). I'm playing videos from the operativ system HDD ( maybe that could be?)
i have used that alternative you mention with vlc player too
looks like it's about the files quality, resolution, kind...
i'm thinking (trying to resolve) in which way i can get the best performance for this model.
Now it's running on Tiger (last update) and only operativ system installed.
- all the following applications with their own respectiv last updates accord OS X Tiger;
Photoshop CS2, Indesign CS2, Ilustrator CS2, Logic pro 4 express, Final cut express, Vlc, Quicktime, Perian, Onyx, Audacity
Last edited by Peskado; 27th Apr 2020 at 22:41.