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    Default Slow video playing, videocard problem?

    Hi everyone. I have a good CPU (Core 2 Duo E4500 2.20GHz) and 6gb RAM (do not ask my, why ))), but the only slow thing is my videocard: it`s GeForce 8500 GT with passive cooling. So in most cases I have no problems with video, 720p mkv movies are played fast with no problems. But sometimes on 1080p hdtv or 1280 H264 I get really slow playing. After some cheating with SMPlayer configuration I get it played "not bad" (still no good), and I found that my cpu is loaded about 30% at max by xorg and sometimes by smplayer. Does it means, that my problem is in videocard, or I can tweak it more to make it play ok? I am using OpenSUSE 11.1, manually compiled drivers from NVIDIA.

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    Default Re: Slow video playing, videocard problem?

    Try using VDPAU as discribed in this post. Your card should support this and it should enable you to play HD without a problem.

    And that CPU isn't that good..
    Did you try to overclock it? I got my E4300 running at 3Ghz instead of it's normal 1.8Ghz but just adding a better cooler.
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    Thanks for the answer. Is it the same thing as selecting "vdpau" in output instead of "xv" or "gl"? If so - it`s already done, but result is not perfect, as I mentioned above. Sometimes frames are dropped. May be I need to avoid of using NTFS-3G partiton to store my video? Any other suggestions? I really hope it can be fixed ))
    P.S. I didn`t have overclocked it because I am a silence freak )) I got the biggest and coolest towers from scythe and I am happy )), because I love music listening and I hate that "bzzzzzzzzzzz" )))
    My opinion about CPU is based on WinXP experience. It wasn`t a problem to start that movie under XP, but I don`t like to work under it, since I moved on Linux (not only suse).

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    Default Re: Slow video playing, videocard problem?

    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteWind View Post
    Thanks for the answer. Is it the same thing as selecting "vdpau" in output instead of "xv" or "gl"? If so - it`s already done, but result is not perfect, as I mentioned above. Sometimes frames are dropped. May be I need to avoid of using NTFS-3G partiton to store my video? Any other suggestions? I really hope it can be fixed ))
    Yeah, native Linux partitions would probably be better but I do not know if this is the problem. Can't test it since I have no way of outputting Full-HD content on my small little 17" monitor

    If you've already done the VDPAU thing I'm fresh out of ideas.
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    Still thanks for trying ). I`ll try to copy that to the linux partition and try again.

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    Default Re: Slow video playing, videocard problem?

    Maybe try playing the video with VLC player? I do know some videos play better than others and busy scenes can result in choppy playback.

    And my fan's less noisy than the intel one.. No need to make you're pc any louder. Just faster!
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    Default Re: Slow video playing, videocard problem?

    you also need to select the proper decoder. If you have H.264 video in that mkv, use mplayer -vc ffh264vdpau file.mkv

    mplayer -vc help | grep vdpau

    the above command to see all vdpau ddecoders

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    Hmmmm... Interesting, but from Linux partition it is played faster. I have 2 suggestions:
    1) My 1tb NTFS is almost full, so file can be just hardly fragmented.
    2) NTFS-3G is not so fast as they talk about it ))
    But the copy speed was excellent, it took about 2 minutes to copy 9gb file (as KDE says).

    I have a problem with VLC, it`s failed to play that movie, failed to play some others, I don`t know, how to solve it. After some of updates it even doesn`t play ".ape" (monkey audio). It just exits with "Segmentation error" (hope this translation is correct, originaly it`s on native language). Reinstallation didn`t helps.

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    Default Re: Slow video playing, videocard problem?

    VLC is a terrible player and often very buggy, I recommend using something else

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    Thank`s for the idea about proper decoder. I have just checked it from output: it takes h.264 version automatically, and it`s correct. But I have remembered your solution for future.

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