Flash? More like Strobe.
April 27, 2010 7:52 AM Subscribe
Help me play YouTube and Hulu videos on my PowerBook.
posted by schmod to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My laptop is a 12" PowerBook (1.5GHz G4, 1.25GiB RAM), which a friend recently complimented using the phrase: "Whoa. Sweet vintage laptop, dude."
However, despite its age, I love the form factor, and it does just about everything that I need it to, except one:
Flash video playback on this machine sucks. 5-7 FPS if I'm lucky. YouTube is a bit better, but Hulu is completely unusable. Audio even occasionally drops out.
Thing is...it hasn't always been this way. Before a series of forced version upgrades, YouTube worked just fine. VLC can play FLV files without breaking a sweat (5-10% CPU usage), and I can also play 720p H264 and XVid videos without any major frame droppage.
Do I have any recourse here? Can I install an older version of Flash and spoof the version number for YouTube and Hulu? Can I force YouTube/Hulu videos to open in VLC? Gnash?
Can I legally satiate my occasional TV cravings without using Flash or paying $4 per episode?
PlayOn sounds intriguing, but I have no Windows desktop to run it on, virtualization seems to be too much of a hassle, and the app itself seems to be caught in a perpetual game of cat and mouse.
PS. No, I cannot afford a new laptop. My desktop does the heavy lifting. An iPad would actually be a great replacement for this machine, but alas suffers from the exact same issue.