Flix CPU Requirements

This initial version requires a relatively high performance computer, otherwise the audio will contain popping noises. For example, my three year old laptop with an Intel Centrino doesn't appear to be up to the task. I'm investigating solutions to this problem.

To check whether your computer is likely fast enough:

  • Right click on your Windows taskbar at the bottom of your screen and choose "Start Task Manager".
  • Click the "Performance" tab.
  • Look at the "CPU Usage History" section. How many graphs do you see side by side?

If you see two graphs like the image above, then your computer likely isn't fast enough to both play a Netflix movie and record its audio at the same time. This will most likely result in "popping" noises in the audio, as well as the audio and video synchronization being off.

On the other hand, if you see 4 or more of these graphs, you're likely just fine. My quad core PC has 8 of these graphs, which correspond to CPU threads.