Hello everyone. I have a Thinkpad x21 and I would like to be able to watch dvd quality movies on it. The spec is 700 mhz, 384 MB RAM (maxed), I don't know anything about the graphic/video spec. The laptop have an optional dvd drives, so I just thought that it could handle dvd movies. I have done some research online and it seem that the spec is enough to play dvd videos. Vcd and dvd is extremely choppy, online, any video over 240p, it doesn't run smoothly. I could be wrong but I don't think this laptop could be this slow. Is this an easy fix or do I have to face the reality that this laptop is just too slow to play high quality videos? Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thanks.
Try using linux with VLC, it should run smooth.
You can do it non-destructively with a boot CD - I do not think that you can use USB to boot unless you find a USB key that is less than 512MB and most new linuxes will not fit on that. Newer larger keys will not boot the OS (something about USB 2.0 vs. USb 1.1)
I know that for a long time, I used an X24 to do just this and it worked great. Not sure the X21 will work though since it has only half the processor speed and half the max RAM.