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Old 04-19-2005, 03:48 PM   #1
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Playing Movies without X?

Hi after doing some research I have found that it is possible to run video outside of a normal x server.

I really need to figure out how to do this, as right now xorg and xfree86 don't appear to support video out on my Radeon X800XT video card.

The thing is, when I run video from a framebuffer it looks really horrible.

I have since found out that my only other option is a driver called vidix. Unfortunately I can't seem to get vidix working on my 2.6.11x kernel. (I'm not certain if it henever I compile it in mplayer - or even if I compile it independantly, it always seems to build modules for the old style 2.4x kenel with the old .o extension instead of the .ko extension).

I read a little about directfb too, but I'm not at all clear what it is or what it does.

Can anyone help enlighten me on how or if this can be achieved?

Best regards,


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Old 04-19-2005, 03:54 PM   #2
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what method are you using to display the movies in framebuffer? I used to have an old machine and the only way I could play movies ( with the audio and vidio in sync) was use the vesa framebuffer.
Old 04-19-2005, 04:02 PM   #3
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I know there's a way to display the movies in ASCII code, but I can't remember the option you must put in mplayer....
Old 04-19-2005, 06:35 PM   #4
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I tried compiling the vidix driver. (This is what Geexbox uses). But that refused to work on a 2.6.11x kernel. (Actually strangely, it drivers modules for an old style 2.4x kernel with the old .o extension rtaher than the .ko exension that is commonly found in the 2.6x kernels).

To be clear, video out means TV out. It is not the same as VGA out. VGA out works without problems.



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