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hi all.. I've been thinking of turning my old computer into a media center for a while now (it was running Ubuntu Server 9.10). I recently bought a new 23inch ...
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- 06-09-2010 #1
low-specs Media Center.. what distro to use?
I've been thinking of turning my old computer into a media center for a while now (it was running Ubuntu Server 9.10).
I recently bought a new 23inch screen so.. out with the server, in with the media center! (currently Xubuntu but running on LXDE as it's a lot lighter)
My problem: The computer barely manages to play 720p videos on XBMC (on youtube or totem/vlc it's just impossible with breaks, lag and constant freezes).. I used the debug function of XBMC and guess what.. a 720p movie takes my cpu to a constant 100% usage!! =X
So here's my question.. what distro or 'buntu flavor would you advise me to use?? I thought about a minimal install but don't want to try it just yet..
System information report, generated by Sysinfo: 6/9/2010 7:23:54 PM SYSTEM INFORMATION Running Ubuntu Linux, the Ubuntu 10.04 (lucid) release. GNOME: 2.30.0 (Ubuntu 2010-03-31) Kernel version: 2.6.32-22-generic (#36-Ubuntu SMP Thu Jun 3 22:02:19 UTC 2010) GCC: no gcc detected Xorg: unknown (23 April 2010 05:11:50PM) Hostname: onclouds Uptime: 0 days 0 h 57 min CPU INFORMATION AuthenticAMD, AMD Athlon(TM) XP 1900+ Number of CPUs: 1 CPU clock currently at 1988.085 MHz with 256 KB cache Numbering: family(6) model(10) stepping(0) Bogomips: 3976.17 Flags: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 mmx fxsr sse syscall mp mmxext 3dnowext 3dnow up MEMORY INFORMATION Total memory: 1002 MB Total swap: 1944 MB STORAGE INFORMATION SCSI device - scsi0 Vendor: ATA Model: WDC WD1600AAJB-0 SCSI device - scsi0 Vendor: LG Model: DVD-ROM DRD8160B SCSI device - scsi1 Vendor: ATA Model: SAMSUNG SP1604N HARDWARE INFORMATION MOTHERBOARD Host bridge VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8377 [KT400/KT600 AGP] Host Bridge Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device 807f PCI bridge(s) VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8235 PCI Bridge USB controller(s) VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 80) VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 80) VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 80) VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 82) (prog-if 20) ISA bridge VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8235 ISA Bridge Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device 808c IDE interface VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06) (prog-if 8a [Master SecP PriP]) Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device 808c GRAPHIC CARD VGA controller ATI Technologies Inc R420 JI [Radeon X800PRO] SOUND CARD Multimedia controller VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 50) Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device 8095 NETWORK Ethernet controller Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10) Subsystem: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+
thanks in advance!
- 06-10-2010 #2
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What you need is to have your video card do the video processing. In Linux, this means using a nVidia video card. nVidia has excellent Linux drivers, ATI doesn't.
If your PC has a AGP slot, then good cards are no longer available. But you can get nVidia PCI cards that work pretty good. With the newer nVidia chipsets (GeForce 9 series) you can use VDPAU for video playback. I have this one, it revived an old P4 machine.
Newegg.com - JATON VIDEO-498PCI-DLP GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Low Profile Ready Video Card
Here are some others:
Newegg.com - Computer Hardware,Video Cards & Video Devices,Desktop Graphics / Video Cards,PCI,NVIDIA,GeForce 9 seriesPlease do not send Private Messages to me with requests for help. I will not reply.
- 06-10-2010 #3
well.. thanks for the quick reply but you misunderstood my problem..
I don't want to get new hardware.. my question is whether there is something that can be done with these specs to boost the performance of this computer.. be it tweaking some settings or using another distro..
anyone else care to give some input?
- 06-10-2010 #4
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