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Old 08-11-2003, 10:31 PM   #1
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MPlayer thinks I have a Xeon

I've been having quite a few crashes from MPlayer lately when running gmplayer, so I've tried running without the GUI to keep an eye out for errors. I've been able to work around most of the warnings I've seen by creating/copying the needed config files. But I can't figure out how to make MPlayer understand that I have a Celeron 1.7 not an Intel Pentium 4 Xeon Foster (Family: 8, Stepping: 3). I've tried compiling with runtime CPU detection enabled and disabled, but either way it shows the same (incorrect) CPU. I've checked the configure.log after ./configure-ing and it shows the correct processor. But once I make and make install, I still have MPlayer trying to tell me I've got a Xeon. The crashes that gmplayer was having before gave the message that there were CPU/FPU errors, so I suspect this may be at the heart of my problem. And from my searches of other posts, it seems that Intel must have mislabeled quite a few of those Xeon chips.

Any suggestions? (other than Acid suggesting I not use the GUI ;-)

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Old 08-14-2003, 02:58 AM   #2
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Old 08-14-2003, 02:59 AM   #3
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no bumps in this forum my friend.
Old 08-14-2003, 03:23 AM   #4
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Rarely, but I disagree. I think a bump is OK, as long as it's not 5 minutes after the initial post. If the person waits say, a good day or so (at the very least 24 hours) then a bump is OK with me, I think it's generally accepted in the community as well.

However if you meant:
no bumps
as in things are always smooth, I must agree

As for a suggestion... not really. See if there is anyway you can compile it on another box with similar architecture, but not a 'mislabeled' Xeon chip. That's about as best as I can think of short of:
Don't use a gui.
I personally use the mplayer gui only when showing someone the power of Mplayer without boggling their mind with the power of linux command line. Other than that, it's simply a waste of 'clicks' to use a gui.

Old 08-14-2003, 10:40 AM   #5
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Cerbere: you have installed mplayer from source, don't you?

You are using Slackware, right? You get a very very strange error, I don't really know how Mplayer does his cpu detection... You're sure that the "--disable-runtime-cpudetection" option still giving you the bad procesor?
Well the only way to make it works I think of is to edit the source code of mplayer to force it to use your cpu.
Cpu chart is in cputable.h, if you want to take a look.Xeon is at line 123.


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