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Old 03-16-2003, 11:23 PM   #1
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Question playing DVDs in Linux


1. What software can be used in Linux to play DVDs?
2. I only have a K6/233 so I know I'm going to need a decoder card. Do any decoder cards work in Linux?
3. I only have 1 PCI slot left and it can go to either a decoder card or a sound card. Are there any ISA decoder cards so I can upgrade to a PCI sound card?
4. If decoder cards are PCI only, is there any problem staying with my ISA sound card? I know I won't get 5.1 sound or anything special like that but I'll tolerate it if I can't get a ISA decoder.
 
Old 03-17-2003, 04:41 AM   #2
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you want to play a dvd on a 233 machine? that's gonna be a painful experience. you *might* be ok if you use http://mplayerhq.hu as well as being by far far far the best meadia player on linux it can run on very low resources, as long as you use decent video outputs. on a 233 though you might be pushing it a little too far. firstly never try and run it inside Xwindows, always go from a plain console, and use the vesa or fbdev video output as root. also make sure you never ever apply any video filtering and such like.
 
Old 03-17-2003, 02:52 PM   #3
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Alas, I have no other choice. I bought the DVD drive with my P3 system in mind but the drive doesn't work in Losedows. It plays music CDs ok, but trying to use a data CD or DVD brings an instant BSoD. The only other system I can put the drive in is a P166 with OS/2 4.5.
 
Old 03-17-2003, 02:56 PM   #4
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Well good luck...I'd really love to know details if you do make it work.

I've been trying like h*ll to play DVDs with Mplayer on my laptop which is a p333 with 192 megs of ram (although the video card is pretty crummy so you might have better luck there) and while it works fine in windows with powerDVD, I have yet to make it work even at an acceptable level with Mplayer.
 
Old 03-18-2003, 12:26 AM   #5
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I have a Hollywood+ w/remote on my system, it's a PCI card and comes with an audio connector cable so you can connect it's audio out to the line in on your sound card.
Go here for more info,
http://dxr3.sourceforge.net/
 
  


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