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Old 03-16-2003, 10:23 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, 03:41 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 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, 01:52 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, 01:56 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.
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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.
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