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MacBook slows down when playing videos.

When I watch a video or skyping, my MacBook slows down and pauses for a few seconds and then it plays the video speeds up and plays normal then it pauses and does it again. Not sure if this is a graphic card issue or not.

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Which Mac do you have and how much RAM do you have?

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Please check what version of Flash Player you have. If you don't have version 10.1, then install that version and reboot your machine. Give it another try and let us know if your situation persists.

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I have 10.1.82.76

I am using OS X v. 10.5.8

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Ok, so you are good there. Can you try popping in a DVD movie to see if your machine shows the same symptoms.

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31 mins into the DVD and doesn't have the same symptom. It plays smoothly.

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What are the specs of your machine? CPU speed? OS? RAM?

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If you have 2GB or more of RAM, then your issue is your video card. Try swapping with a known good one, or try your video card on another machine.

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Set the buffer

and internet connection for your streaming app (player) a to little larger cache and a little slower speed.

Depending upon the app (DIVIX, Flash, QuickTime, other) there are different places to do all this but generally looking at Preferences (or control clicking the video window will open a preference pane) where you can set your network speed (wireless is always slower than a LAN cable) and your buffer AKA cache.

If there is a lot of traffic on the internet, that server, or your ISP (a very common occurrence - ISPs even limit the number of bits you can down/up load in a given time) streaming will slow. If it slows too much you run out (use up) your buffer or cache of video. The app will pause until the stream returns or the buffer is full enough to support play.

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