Inspiron 5k, mplayer & ATI?
- I've recently upgraded (read re-installed) my SuSE 7.3 system to SuSE
8.2. Under 7.3 I had compiled mplayer 0.90rc4 and had video working,
though for some AVI/MPEG files I needed to use -hardframedrop. I
never did anything special about the drivers and thus could only get
-vo x11 to work. I was also using an older version of XFree86
(whatever was new last year).
But now that I've upgraded, DLed mplayer 0.91 and started using the
ATI XFree86 driver recommended in the README for my 3D Rage P/M
Mobility AGP 2x card (driver==Gatos from http://gatos.sourceforge.net)
I get very odd results. While I can now use the -vo xv drivers all
the drivers seem to have the same poor results. I get the message
that my system is too slow (500MHz, 512Meg RAM), which I didn't get
under SuSE 7.3, and while I can get a DVD to play I hickups ever 3
seconds. -hardframedrop does not seem to help. And it doesn't matter
how I resize the screen. Even a 20x20 pixel screen will produce the
same results (which I find odd).
I've compiled mplayer from the source and used --disable-cpu-detect,
but I still can't seem to get any performance out of it.
Anyone else have any luck?
- Upon further digging and experimenting I found that it was primarily
the DVD playback that produced the problems. And when the cache was
full there was no stutter. I guess all this new video driver stuff I
was playing with was a goose chase. Anyway, after delving into the
FM, of RTFM fame, I found this little line to set the DMA access on
hdparm -d1 -a8 -u1 /dev/hdc
my system is still a tad slow, but watchable.