Originally posted by da_foosh_masta
dell laptops don't support that type of function. the video files don't stream properly causing the pixelation. i would suggest using the hard drive on the laptop while viewing videos. by trying to stream the files in that manner, the external hd was probably very confused, causing problems. be glad it isn't dead.
They don't stream properly because dell laptops don't support these types of functions? What the the heck are you talking about?
Is this External HDD a USB device? If so, Dell laptops certain have USB support. If it's older 1.1 if it's newer 2.0
USB 1.1 bandwidth is 12Mbits/second.
USB 2.0 bandwidth is 480Mbits/second
If it's an older 1.1 USB - that will be your problem.
If it's a new 2.0 USB - it should be more then enough bandwidth to play movies from an external HDD.