Best Linux distro for playing ".mkv" Dell 4300
I am looking for the ideal distro for my Dell Dimension 4300. It has a 1.7ghz processor and 512 mb ram along with an old Ge-Force card, probably 64-128 mb. Currently outputting Debian Mint XFCE to my HDTV via its VGA input.
My question is surely one of the greatest that any noob could, or has ever asked. But I am not new at all to Linux, I am looking for the best distribution here based on several specific criteria, hoping to get answers instead of just reasonable opinions.
I would simply like to know which may be the best suited for my PC. My ideal distro, based on the last 3 that I have tried already would need to be very versatile when it comes to hardware compatibility. Also it will need to utilize all of my hardware most efficiently.
My goal is to be able to browse the web and view "HD 720" material not only in my browser but through VLC Player as well. I have several ".mkv" files that I am unable to play.(I do have all plugins/extensions) It must be the fact that I "hosed" the last build trying to install the specific driver for my card along with being fed up with choppy SD video in firefox. Also have not been able to get my santa-cruz sound card driver functioning properly. Like I said, not out to do much else with this machine.
I lost my XP disc so Linux is my first choice anyways. I know that this is possible, so if I get no responses, I will just pick another distro again and keep going. Until I find one with older hardware support and smoother driver install attempts to come along and make this computer as fast as it could actually be.
Any help would be greatly appreciated guys!
Debate away, I prefer Fedora overall.
xfce debian, Graphics Driver - 180-P0036 Nvidia P36 Geforce 2 mx 64mb
Trying to get the right driver, and failing miserably. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
The pics have my output for " lspci|grep -i vga" and the Debian Xfce version.
I can live with the sound issue and manually stripping this distro if the proper video driver works out the choppy video issue. I am quite far in to this build and waiting for a reason to self-destruct it.
xfce debian Video Graphics Card 180-P0036 Nvidia P36 Geforce 2 mx 64mb
Here is my current driver.. screen-munched
It is x86 "nv11 x86/MMX/SSE2"
The card is AGP
Probably a fail, but my tv says otherwise at a 1024x768 max res on both tv and or the monitor. If anyone knows where to find the correct driver I will post a cool pic for you and it would mean the world to me.
Easily common knowledge to you guys, i am no guru.
Plus maaaad kudos.
Any good site suggestions for locating old drivers? Possibly such as a
"Santa Cruz N270", "E209305" driver, for a 12 year old Dell?