[Mplayer-users] what is a recommended video card for playing DVD movies with mplayer?

Christoph Lampert lampert at math.chalmers.se
Mon Aug 27 09:46:44 CEST 2001


>  I have a machine with a PII 350 Mhz. processor. I want to get good DVD
>playback on this machine 64megs RAM. I wish to buy a good video card (say
>like the Radeon) which supports DVD hardware decoding. How wil these work
>with mplayer, and how is the playback quality on such a configuratioon of
>DVD movies? How are the other options like the GeForce2MX, etc.? Upgrading
>the processor is not an option, but I can get more RAM. I would be very
>grateful for any advice on the matter.

Hardware DVD abilities are _NOT_ supported by Linux and/or MPlayer. For no 
graphics card. What you can do is use Xvideo-Mode to get YV12 overlay and 
hardware scaling, which is good, but not enough to play DVD on PII 350.
I'd say, spend the same money on a Duron CPU+Motherboard, then you get DVD 

Amount of RAM is not important (for this). 

Or, use the Radeon (or similar) with Windows, then drivers support DVD hardware. 


Dipl. math. Christoph Lampert (complex analysis, integral formulae)
Email: gruel at gmx.de                |     Email: lampert at math.chalmers.se

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