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Old 07-01-2004, 07:45 PM   #1
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xmms on an old system question

I just installed damn small linux on a 350 mghz, 196mb ram and 8 gig HD. Should XMMS run ok on that system. Its got a soundblaster awe and when I try to play a mp3 XMMS loads the song but sits there, If i grab the play bar with the mouse and move it I can hear parts of the song.
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It's ok - depends what you still let work there.

My machine is 500MHz Pentium III and it manages XMMS/MPlayer/KDE and some other stuff too.

Though I'vve achived a greater performance after I added more memory I consider XMMS as very economic program around 50MB with all plugins activated

You can try starting it and use top to see how much eats
28986 emanoil 9 0 6460 6388 4704 S 0.0 0.7 0:03 xmms
28987 emanoil 9 0 6460 6388 4704 S 0.0 0.7 0:00 xmms
28985 emanoil 9 0 6460 6388 4704 S 0.0 0.7 0:00 xmms
28983 emanoil 9 0 6460 6388 4704 S 0.0 0.7 0:00 xmms
28984 emanoil 9 0 6460 6388 4704 S 0.0 0.7 0:00 xmms
28982 emanoil 9 0 6460 6388 4704 S 0.0 0.7 0:01 xmms

I have compiled recently a custom versioin of xmms because of alsa support and it sound great

In your situations I thing you should better put some more memmory if you want to use some manager like KDE but if you use lets say iceWM this way you'll have great performance

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i'm using an old p133 (before p66) holding all my oggs for serving, doing proxy, apache, mail,.. and plays oggs without any problem (~40% cpu) with mp3blaster at the console (it's a sb16 isa). so i don't think that's a performance problem. try setting xmms to a nice value of -10 (man renice) and see how it does.
maybe you have problems because X is running with nice -10.
is it a pci or isa soundcard? maybe there are latency problems.

sl mritch.


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