[Mplayer-users] RedHat 7.1 and nVidia cards

bill t qwerty172 at excite.com
Tue Apr 24 17:47:56 CEST 2001

>  Message: 8
>  From: Jindrich Kolorenc <jkol5223 at menza.mff.cuni.cz>
>  To: mplayer-users at lists.sourceforge.net
>  Subject: Re: [Mplayer-users] RedHat 7.1 and nVidia cards
>  Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 08:25:31 -0400
>  Reply-To: mplayer-users at lists.sourceforge.net
>  Dne po 23. duben 2001 14:52 jste napsal(a):
>  > Hi,
>  > I downloaded and installed redhat 7.1 last week. A word of warning.
>  > is no hardware acceleration on the nVidia drivers that come with the
>  > distribution. Also the nVidia drivers at nVidia.com for RH7.1 don't
>  > I'm not sure why, and am still investigating.
>  >
>  > While playing a mpeg on my athalon 1.1 GHz the results were:
>  >
>  > RH7.0 mplayer/X not on tops list
>  I don't  believe, it simply must be somewhere.

Actually I would have to turn off netscape, emacs, and  mpg123 before it
shows up on top. If I sort by memory usage both are near the top, but that
is expected.
>  > RH7.1 mplayer 8% of CPU, X 10% of CPU.
>  >
>  > X doesn't go below 7% at any time.
>  Do you mean when playing the mpeg or really any time? I also suppose you
>  using the 'nv' driver (because you wrote that 'nvidia' doesn't work) and 
>  mplayer output -vo x11. Is that right?
>  J.Kolorenc 
In rh7.0 I'm using the nvidia driver, I have the kernel module and the XFree
module. I am using Xfree 4.0.1. with the -vo x11 option in rh7.0 I get a
black screen with sound.

In rh7.1 I'm using the nv driver. The kernel module provided with the
release and from nvidias site complains of symbol clashing when insmod'd.
The nvidia X11 driver just doesn't work. I'm assuming that it needs the
kernel driver as a prerequite. When playing I need to do -vo x11, and it
uses about 10% of CPU. the memory usage is slightly higher but not a lot.
When using -vo sdl it peaks at 15% when the movie is being scaled. Memory
usage is also slightly higher.

Both CPU and memory usage is higher in RH7.1 because of the lack of

Anyway, RH7.1 id bleeding edge. It isn't available in stores yet. It's not
reasonable to expect it to be perfect. Give it a month, and nVidia will have
drivers that work.

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