My Computer runs very slow when I have a youtube video playing in the background

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My Computer runs very slow when I have a youtube video playing in the background

Post by ceecee321 »


When I am working and have a youtube video going on in the background my whole system becomes super slow. To a point where it takes a few minutes to exit out of a window due to lag.

Any insight/help on why this is happening is really appreciated.

Here is my computers info

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System:    Host: fbchefs-home Kernel: 4.4.0-83-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.8.9 (Qt 5.6.1) Distro: Linux Mint 18.1 Serena
Machine:   Mobo: ASUSTeK model: P5N-E SLI v: 1.XX Bios: Phoenix v: ASUS P5N-E SLI 0401 date: 01/12/2007
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core2 6700 (-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 10667 
           clock speeds: max: 2666 MHz 1: 2666 MHz 2: 2666 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA G84 [GeForce 8600 GTS] bus-ID: 01:00.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: nvidia (unloaded: fbdev,vesa,nouveau)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz, 1280x1024@60.02hz
           GLX Renderer: GeForce 8600 GTS/PCIe/SSE2 GLX Version: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 340.104 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card NVIDIA MCP51 High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:10.1
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-83-generic
Network:   Card: NVIDIA MCP51 Ethernet Controller driver: forcedeth port: f200 bus-ID: 00:14.0
           IF: enp0s20 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1320.3GB (4.3% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST3320620AS size: 320.1GB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: WDC_WD1002FAEX size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 290G used: 50G (18%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 4.29GB used: 0.99GB (23%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 46.0C mobo: 49.0C gpu: 0.0:55C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 2319 sys-1: 0 sys-2: 0
Info:      Processes: 190 Uptime: 42 min Memory: 1007.9/3950.4MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35 
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Re: My Computer runs very slow when I have a youtube video playing in the background

Post by sleeper12 »

You can try lowering the video quality &/or using a different browser. Also, maybe something here might help:
https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.c ... html#ID1.1
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Re: My Computer runs very slow when I have a youtube video playing in the background

Post by carum carvi »

CeeCee321, Welcome to the forum.

You could check the standard software program "System Monitor" to find out which process consumes the most processing power on your pc.
When opened, click on "Processes", then click on the "CPU" tab to automatically lists the highest percentage consuming cpu processes.

Click on the graphics tab in "System Monitor" as well. This will surely surprise you as much as it did me. I see a constant "up to the ceiling" graphic for processing power when Youtube is running.

My 10 year old pc uses near 100% Cpu processing power when watching a youtube video. Your pc is 12 years old! Youtube eats at your (gpu) processing power usage as a kid in a candy store.

You could try the nouveau driver instead of the Nvidea driver. But that is just a wild guess. You could try a different browser. Sometimes Chromium supports video playback better WHEN you have hardware acceleration available from your hardware graphics card. I doubt it though, because your pc is 2 years older than mine, which is 10 years old already and my ancient pc doesnt have hardware acceleration available either.
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