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I've noticed that beyond let's say..a 20 MB/s bitrate, a movie would lag, played on my laptop..

It results in me missing the highest bitrated scenes of a movie.. And sometimes having to compromise for watching the movie at a lesser quality..

I was wondering if there's anything I can do software-wise to play movies smoothley..?

At the moment Ubuntu is installed with all the default settings on an 60GB SSD

I use VLC ofcourse..

I also have 2 1TB HDD - maybe I can use them as pagefiles? I don't really know alot about this so maybe this is irrelevant..

I took the laptop battery out since it was dead..but I think this is also irrelevant..

would appriciate a response, even if there's nothing that can be done software-wise :)

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@mikewhatever It's not what I meant. I know that operating systems can be tweaked to use less resources. I thought that maybe if I could tweak ubuntu to uer less resources, the movies would play smoothely –  Roy Nov 27 '12 at 11:18
In that case, you should investigate, what processes use resources while you are whatching movies, ...and tell us. –  mikewhatever Nov 27 '12 at 12:22

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