October 28, 2014

Best linux distro to play flash/netflix video on old hardware?

I have a tower that is over 12 years old and still runs pretty solid so I'd like to keep using it... hopefully. I recently upgraded the video card to a Radeon 4670 HD agp. Unfortunately having an AGP mobo makes this about the best possible card I could put in there and I got it for $30. Obviously I don't want to invest anymore money in this tower as I could get a Rasp Pi or something better for $30 or a little more. The CPU is an AMD Barton 3200+ 2.4ghz 32-bit single core and the comp has 2GB of ddr memory. The last time XP was installed a few years ago the computer could play video off of youtube fine. I installed Ubuntu on it back in 2012 and I couldn't get YouTube to work at all. I discovered that this was due to a lack of sse2 capability from my CPU. This doesn't cause an issue in Windows however, only in Linux (I have no interest in ever using Windows again though, I would scrap this computer and buy something new before using windows again). So I was living without YouTube for some time. Along came pipelight and it allowed us to use the windows version of flash in Linux and behold, flash works on my old Barton cpu again. For a couple months anyway. This was back probably in early-mid 2013. I was using the computer on and off, so I can't say exactly when but when 14.04 came out I did a clean install and although flash video plays on YouTube and other sites, it has become unwatchably laggy/choppy. The same is true about Netflix, which I never actually tested on my machine. It should be noted that in VLC this machine can pump out 720p and even 1080p video with no lag or artifacting on 720p and very very little latency on 1080p unless its a very large video and the scene requires a decent amount of rendering. What I am trying to suggest, and hopefully give evidence of is that the video card does not seem to be bottlenecking the system here. Internet connection is not a factor either, the tower can download a couple MB per second via torrent or browser download. I'm also not sure what has changed that flash was working good and fine last year, but now is really choppy. I can only guess the switch to HTML5 is putting more tax on the CPU than it can handle? But I used to play Oblivion on this computer in WinXP a couple years ago... now with a video card upgrade, I can't play YouTube or Netflix video? But I could still install WinXP and play TES4 - Oblivion? So something has got to be up here. I tried installing Xubuntu for a lower resource DE to see if it was a memory/power/speed issue but there is no difference in video choppiness between unity or xfce DEs. I've been having some other little issues with Ubuntu in general for this old tower and decided to try switching to a distro with better support for older hardware. I am researching all the distros good for old hardware, but my primary goal is finding a solution that will allow this computer to play flash and netflix video without latency. I would greatly appreciate any help anyone can offer, either in the form of a potential solution to the issue or a distro recommendation. Thanks for reading.

Hi I'm stating with Linux , but an option could be XP Suricata , you may have...

Hi I'm stating with Linux , but an option could be XP Suricata , you may have a window base system that can emulate XP with only 64 KB Ram

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Hi I'm stating with Linux , but an option could be XP Suricata , you may have...

Hi I'm stating with Linux , but an option could be XP Suricata , you may have a window base system that can emulate XP with only 64 KB Ram

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