I am trying to revamp an old HP Mini netbook and make it into a useable mini laptop with Lubuntu 16.04. The laptop was unuseably slow when it still ran Windows 7, now with Lubuntu it can be taken seriously once again. Thank you, Lubuntu team.
There is one thing so far which I have found works worse than it did on Windows 7, this is playing Youtube videos. Even when using the HTML5 player, I cannot get past 360p without getting immense framerate drops. The laptop used to be able to handle 480p without issues, and this is what I'd like to get to. The screen is too small and crappy to enjoy benefits of even higher resolutions anyway.
I have read through this high-quality answer. I haven't fully followed the guide yet of watching youtube through an external player, but it is true that downloaded video can be played significantly more smoothly.
Before resorting to 'work-arounds' like embedding youtube videos in external players, is there more I could do to get the web player to work? Going from Firefox to Chromium already helped (on Firefox I could only watch videos on 144p, too little to be able to read subtitles). The laptop's 1 GB of RAM won't be the problem I think, but the 1.66 Ghz Intel Atom N455 processor is a bottleneck. It's a 32 bit system. Internet speed is not a problem. Let me know if you need more specs, I am pretty sure this is the full list of specs.