My internet /cable provider is Time Warner. Recently they included the ability to watch cable tv channels on any computer that is connected to my wireless network. So now I can sit on the patio with my laptop and watch while I smoke a *cough* cigarette *cough*. These channels are streamed over Silverlight. As it turns out, I could watch the channel for about 30-45 seconds before it paused to BUFFERING. It buffered more than it displayed the channel. So...I disabled hardware acceleration (enabled software rendering,etc) and the buffering went away. Streams smooth as butter.
The purpose of this post is to answer all the 'engineers' and rocket scientists who complain that AMD should fix their drivers so they can use hardware acceleration all the time, everywhere, day or night. The ones who think they are missing something by not having it enabled. The ones who read this post > http://forums.amd.com/game/messageview.cfm?catid=444&threadid=161234&enterthread=y and still want to argue about it.
The laptop is a Acer Aspire 5750. It has a Intel processor with intergrated graphics. No dual graphics. No discrete grapics card. Just the intergrated HD3000 graphics chip. So...even that mighty gfx needs to use software rendering.... So before blaming your ATI card for not streaming your U-Tube without a hitch, or flash rendering is a issue..just remember that the ability to enable or disable hardware rendering is there for a purpose.
This issue with Silverlight was the same with all my computers using AMD HD6970, AMD Mobility 5730, and Intel Hd3000. It happened with I7 and I3 processors. It happened with IE 32&64 bit and Firefox 32&64 bit. My internet speed is 25mb down.
Intel I7 960 @ 3.87ghz *Intel DX58SO *AMD R9 290 4gb *Corsair TX650M *2x4gb Corsair XMS3 *WD Black 1TB *Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit ***Asus N71Jq laptop *Intel I7 720QM Processor *Mobility Radeon HD5730 1gb *8gb Ram *Windows 7 64bit ** Toshiba P75-A7200 * Intel I7-4700MQ * Windows 8.1 64bit
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