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Old 08-22-2004, 03:58 PM   #1
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Fullscreen DVD playback problem in Xine

Hi all

I've been running Fedora Core 2 for a couple of days now and i've come across a problem that i've never had before. Basically, when i play a dvd in fullscreen in xine, its very grainy and blocky and stutters a little. But, in window mode everything's fine. Does anyone know what's causing this?? I've read on the xine faq's that it was summat to do with DMA, but that's on and sorted. Maybe a graphics problem??? or the new kernel (2.6.8)?? I'm a complete linux newbee by the way.

Laptop specs
AMD Athlon XP-M 2400+ Barton CPU
S3 ProSavageDDR Graphics
Realtek ALC201 Sound
15.1" TFT

Thanks in advance!

Old 08-22-2004, 09:39 PM   #2
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Consider using Ogle:

It's by far the best free DVD player I've seen.
(just apt-get it)

Last edited by jens; 08-22-2004 at 09:43 PM.
Old 08-23-2004, 06:26 AM   #3
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Yeah, have used that before, but Ogle doesn't de-interlace the video that's why i chose Xine. I need the de-interlacing for my laptop screen.

But, yes it's a very very good DVD player, though the only drawback to it is the missing de-interlacing feature.

Old 08-23-2004, 07:21 AM   #4
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no different player will help if your Xserver is not set up correctly - to use all the capabilities of your graphics card.
What you describe looks like an incorrect setup of XFree86 or Xorg - whatever you are using

find out what grapics-card you have installed:

lspci -v

and check the configuration file of your xserver - usually in /etc/X11/XF86Config or similar - if it is even mentioning the correct driver...

then check if this is actually loaded - by looking at the log-file the Xserver writes on startup - will probably be under /var/log/X...something

that's it for now
Old 08-23-2004, 08:25 AM   #5
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check if you're using the Xv driver - afaik it's the fastest one.

xine -V Xv

enable dma with "hdparm"

sl mritch.
Old 08-23-2004, 09:37 AM   #6
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...adding to what mritch said:

to check if you even have xv working - issue this command:


if it gives a fair amount of output - it should be o.k.

if you get errors... refer to what I said before

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