Performance tweaks? Video playback and the X Server
Hi, I am running an FC5 box with 1.25GB of RAM and an Athlon 2400. I can't imagine that this would come under the category of a low spec'ed machine but I have had issues with the performance for some time.
The problem seems to come whenever I want to do anything involving video playback: when I try to play a DVD with ogle I get jerky video; when I try to play a DVD with Xine I get 'too many frames dropped' errors; watching digital TV with mplayer is a painful experience due to channel tuning time.
Admittedly I have Azureus running in the background which eats around 4% of CPU time but as my flatmate keeps cajoling me - these things would run fine on that system with another, more popular OS. I certainly am not going to revert to that sort of extreme measure but it disappoints me that I haven't been able to at least replicate the performance of a windoze machine.
What am I doing wrong? Is it because I use rpms and not apps compiled from source? Is it just a limitation of the X Server architecture? If I was to upgrade to FC6 tomorrow, what measures should I take to ensure that I maxed out the performance (video or otherwise) of the machine?
Hope to hear some suggestions!