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Old 05-05-2004, 11:28 AM   #1
Frank_Drebin
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Choppy dvd playback after upgrade to current


I was running Slackware 9.1 on a Dell P3 laptop with Ati 128 screen. I can only get it to run in Vesa mode but thats fine.

Anyway, I let the kids watch DVDs on it in the car on long trips and have been doing so for months. Movies play fine and are smooth. Last night, I decided to upgrade it to the current directory. It went w/o a hitch and updated perfectly. I decided to test gxine real quick and popped in Dumb and Dumber for a test movie. The video was choppy and I got an error that said xine was dropping too many packets because my machine was too slow. I checked hdparm and saw that dma was enabled. DMA = 1

It didn't have this problem prior to upgrading to current. My question is this, I dont mind reinstalling to get it back to 9.1 but am curious as to what could have caused it? Is current built for faster machines than my P3. I will stick with the 2.4.22 kernel now but am still curuis as heck.

Thanks for any input.

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Old 05-05-2004, 02:26 PM   #2
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have you tried watching it with a decent player? http://mplayerhq.hu and man i'd never settle for vesa.... no wonder it's not well...
 
Old 05-05-2004, 05:34 PM   #3
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it is diffucult to say why as you don't give any detail of what you actually upgraded.
I had a similar problem on my laptop with an ATI igp 340 graphic chipset that was not able to play dvds decently with the vesa driver.
That is the reason why I upgraded to xfree86 4.4.0 that provide a good driver for such chipset.
May be you could fix your problem the same way.
Not sure for ATI 128, but new Xfree has many new drivers for ATI chipsets.
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