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    Default Why is Real Player slower on Opensuse 11?

    Hi,

    When I am using Real Player to play streaming video on Opensuse 11 it's streaming rate is much slower than when I use Windows Media Player/Real Player on Windoze. I get 468kbs on Windows and less than half that on Suse. Also, it eventually freezes and won't play the stream at all. I have tried buffering the video clip and increasing the amount of memory available, and fiddled with the connection type (T1/LAN etc.) but it makes no difference.

    Does anyone know why it performs slower on Suse?

    /jlar

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    Default Re: Why is Real Player slower on Opensuse 11?

    > Does anyone know why it performs slower on Suse?

    what else do you have going on on your SUSE box that you don't run in
    Windows[tm]?

    beagle?
    compiz/desktop effects?
    maybe a running postfix?
    maybe a ssh demon?
    a on box firewall?

    AND, have you yet tuned your graphics card for max speed (by
    installing the best driver)?

    what is your graphics hardware? if nVidia, ATI or Intel (did i miss
    any?) you probably need to use the forum search function to nose
    around for some tips on installing and setting up..

    i'm pretty sure there is a how-to either here or on the wiki
    <http://en.opensuse.org/> but, sorry i don't have the URL at my
    fingertips..

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    Default Re: Why is Real Player slower on Opensuse 11?

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    > Does anyone know why it performs slower on Suse?

    what else do you have going on on your SUSE box that you don't run in
    Windows[tm]?

    beagle?
    compiz/desktop effects?
    maybe a running postfix?
    maybe a ssh demon?
    a on box firewall?

    AND, have you yet tuned your graphics card for max speed (by
    installing the best driver)?

    what is your graphics hardware? if nVidia, ATI or Intel (did i miss
    any?) you probably need to use the forum search function to nose
    around for some tips on installing and setting up..

    i'm pretty sure there is a how-to either here or on the wiki
    <http://en.opensuse.org/> but, sorry i don't have the URL at my
    fingertips..

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    3.5.7, SUSE Linux 10.3, 2.6.22.18-0.2-default #1 SMP i686 athlon
    Howdy,

    Thanks for your reply...

    I don't have anything special... I un-installed Beagle, I don't use Compiz because when I turn it on the screen goes grey - permanently. Possibly ssh through Eclipse... not sure, not running postfix, at least not intentionally anyway unless it's turned on by default.

    I am using an ATI graphics card and I am loathe to start rooting with it. I have seen all sorts of horror stories posted here. It worked out of the box, and I am connected to the ATI repository for updates. None have come down so far. The graphics seem fine.

    /jlar

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    Default Re: Why is Real Player slower on Opensuse 11?

    > I am using an ATI graphics card and I am loathe to start rooting with
    > it. I have seen all sorts of horror stories posted here. It worked out
    > of the box, and I am connected to the ATI repository for updates. None
    > have come down so far. The graphics seem fine.


    i understand your concern with that..

    maybe you need to have a look at the info at
    http://forums.opensuse.org/applicati...-sub-area.html

    i don't know if you will have better luck (more speed) if you use one
    of the other players....i don't wanna start a war but, i personally
    prefer MPlayer....there ARE several besides the RealPlayer you are
    using...(in addition to MPlayer i have Kafeine, Totem and VLC
    installed and there are, i think, others)..

    shop around, they cost about the same and there are plenty of folks
    who know a lot about it....you might meet one of them if you posted
    to the multimedia sub area, give that a shot/shout at
    http://forums.opensuse.org/applications/multimedia/

    :-)

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    Default Re: Why is Real Player slower on Opensuse 11?

    I too am having these problems with real player on lower end machines. Even with regular videos, eventually the video will stop and the sound will just keep playing in the background. I've actually given up on it and just switched the mplayer and the smplayer Qt4 frontend. Plays real media much better.

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