Ian K

How can I make videos run smoothly on my AMD E-300 powered laptop?

22 Aug 2013
Windows
Chrome 28
22 Aug 2013 | Windows | Chrome 28

I have a 64 bit Windows 7 Pro HP 635 laptop that uses AMD’s 1.3 GHz E-300 CPU and has 12GB of RAM loaded. Nearly all videos are severely laggy regardless of whether they’re full-screen or not. Other computers and devices in the house run video without any problem so I know it’s not my provider. It also takes an incredibly long time to load some programs, for instance, it takes ~15s to load Chrome. Photoshop and Illustrator, both CS6, work just fine on it. I’ve already fine tuned the startup programs through msconfig and closed as many programs as possible in the Task Manager, so I’m hoping there some other options out there.
Am I just screwed and need to buy a new laptop, or is there something I can do to improve things?