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Recently I moved from Ubuntu 11.11 AMD_64 to Fedora 17 86_64, everything works fine except one little thing that is playing video's.
I have the latest 64-bits kernel (3.4.2-4.fc17.x86_64), Nvidia 259,59 drivers installed from RPMfusion and Mplayer from the same repo. The problem is that the video's I play sometimes frees for a fraction of a second, something I never experienced with Ubuntu 11.10 (running the same software and hardware).
The computer hardware is a Asus P5K mainboard with an Intel Q6600 (Duo 2 Quad) processor, 4GB memory and a Nvidia GTS450 with 2GB memory.
Xine is not really on my list of favorite programs, also it uses the same Codecs as Mplayer (most at least) so I did not try that, but I tried VLC which seems to have the same problem.
Most of the movies I play are series I download, and some movies in DivX/Xvid or X264, it's not only related to HD movies...
Movie formats are mostly AVI and MPG. Overall the system performance is pretty good and I have nothing to complain except for that little thing that the video playback freezes one frame for a fraction of a second, some people will maybe not even notice...