Are you trying to actually playback a DVD disc, or 480p material from the web? There is quite a difference in the two.
I used to play DVD discs on a 600X with 500MHz CPU, and 578MB RAM. Depending on the player and the codecs, it could be anywhere from almost smooth, to too choppy to deal with. So, I guess, the specs of your X21 are OK for DVD playback under certain circumstances.
What OS are you using? And which software players have you tried?
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I have succefully played divx and dvd on computers that normaly wouldn't play it smooth, if a true dos-mode is available like Win98 and WinME I would try this software
Otherwise, maybe it works better in Linux? Linux require less performance of the computer even in idle mode.
It could not play any DVD satisfactorily.
I ended up paying £10/$20 at the time for a DVD Accelerator card that was a 770 option and the whole thing ran so smooth it was beautiful.
I don't think the P233MMX had the power, but I always thought a PII could have done the job... so surely a PIII )))
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v_do_la_m wrote:Hello everyone. I have a Thinkpad x21 and I would like to be able to watch dvd quality movies on it. The spec is 700 mhz, 384 MB RAM (maxed), I don't know anything about the graphic/video spec. The laptop have an optional dvd drives, so I just thought that it could handle dvd movies. I have done some research online and it seem that the spec is enough to play dvd videos. Vcd and dvd is extremely choppy, online, any video over 240p, it doesn't run smoothly. I could be wrong but I don't think this laptop could be this slow. Is this an easy fix or do I have to face the reality that this laptop is just too slow to play high quality videos? Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thanks.
Try using linux with VLC, it should run smooth.
You can do it non-destructively with a boot CD - I do not think that you can use USB to boot unless you find a USB key that is less than 512MB and most new linuxes will not fit on that. Newer larger keys will not boot the OS (something about USB 2.0 vs. USb 1.1)
I know that for a long time, I used an X24 to do just this and it worked great. Not sure the X21 will work though since it has only half the processor speed and half the max RAM.
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