Re: video card
Wow, thanks for all of the tips/help. The problem is 100% better,
though not totally cured.
By "takes forever to get into X" i mean, it takes about 30seconds before
the console goes blank, then i see Matrox text on the top right, and
about 5seconds later the Xserver shows up. It may not be forever, and
i'm willing to live with it, but the first time i started the Xserver up
i didnt even know if it was running for a while.
When running "xvinfo" it told me that the module couldnt be found. So
then i recompiled X with the patch for the Millenium II. Now i get:
X-Video Extension version 2.2
no adaptors present
And performance is the same. But... "-double" helped a lot. I can
watch most mpegs at darn near perfect fps. The higher quality ones lose
frames though. DivX plays rather comfortably now. The first few
seconds are very choppy, then it starts going smooth.
So at this point, i'm ready to just blame the video card/driver and
decleare that i've done all that i can do softwarewise. I can live with
this performance for a while, atleast until i get enough money to buy a
nice new pci video card for it. So whats a Good video card that i
should be looking towards? I liked my pci radeon, but it fried and i
highly doubt i could find another one for sale in a store (got the only
one in Winnipeg from what i could tell). So what would you suggest?
There's no way tog et a TV-Tuner card/video card to work with alpha is
there? (the tuner part).
Anyhow, thanks for the help.
And as far as the promise controller goes, i could see the cable being
bad, its rather...damaged, removing it from my old alpha was hard on it.
I'll try with another cable if ic an find one. Thanks
On Sun, Mar 30, 2003 at 06:07:42PM -0800, Alan Young wrote:
> On 31 Mar 2003 01:57:42 +0200 Falk Hueffner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Richard Fillion <email@example.com> writes:
> > > It seems i've partially fixed my problems with slow video output. I
> > > built XF4.3 and installed it. Now it takes forever to get into X,
> > > but if it makes it better, i'm all for it. I can play mpegs rather
> > > well, only dropping a few frames here and there. I have 'mplayer'
> > > aliased to 'mplayer -framedrop -vo sdl -cache 65536 '. Yes, 64megs
> > > of cache, hey i have 512megs of RAM, may aswell put it to use. Divx
> > > at original size is decent, almost watchable, but fullscreen it
> > > starts dropping frames like crazy.
> I'm confused by "Now it takes forever to get into X". What do you
> mean by this? What did you use compiler switches did you use for the
> DefaultGcc2AxpOpt variable in the server's host.def file?
> > That indicates you're not using the Xv extension. Xv moves
> > YUV-conversion and scaling to the hardware, which saves a lot of CPU
> > time. Try xvinfo to see whether your card and driver support it, or
> > mplayer -vo xv.
> In addition to Falk's suggestion, a couple of other things to try
> with mplayer are turning double buffering and/or direct rendering
> on or off. Sometimes they help, sometimes they do not.
> To turn on double buffering in the X server, your XF86Config file needs
> to have a 'Load "dbe"' line in the Module section. After restarting
> the server, try starting mplayer with the -double switch. Direct
> rendering (which may or may not work) is turned on in mplayer with
> the -dr switch.
> One other thought, if your running with a color depth of 32, try
> reducing it to 24 or 16 bpp. Then there's less color data that
> needs to be processed.
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