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30th January 2007, 20:03
SO I have a Dell Latitude P3 700Mhz with 256MB of ram with ATI Rage Mobility video. Both VLC and Media Player Classic play dvd's extremely choppily. Anyone have any suggestions on a dvd player that would work with this beast? I can't increase the ram it has the maximum it can ever have and I already put a 30GB drive in it. Even if you know PowerDVD 3.0 would be the best choice.

I'm lending it to a friend who needs entertainment for 6 weeks while out for school.


30th January 2007, 20:11
VLC should be able to do it - when I was trying it on dual p2 266, it wasn't fluent, but also I would not call it extremely choppy. Did you check if UltraDMA is turned on for DVD drive? Or perhaps there's something wrong with GFX drivers/no overlay?

30th January 2007, 20:59
dma is turned on for the dvd and the hd. Overlay is fine. Updated both audio and video drivers with no improvement.

30th January 2007, 21:15
hrm... video ram is dedicated but only 4mb...

30th January 2007, 21:15
Perhaps small LiveCD distros meant for movie playback are worth checking? (such as http://geexbox.org/en/index.html ). Not very elegant solution, but if it'll work then there won't be much more hassle involved...

edit: 4mb of VRAM would be too small amount to actually use overlay, I think...

31st January 2007, 01:55
Yeah, that's not enough video RAM to do things well. Before you said that, I was wondering if the DVD was working in DMA or not. Maybe rip the DVD to the hard drive to see if that changes anything...

but it's probably your lack of video RAM.

31st January 2007, 05:58
isn't there some cacheing features/options in VLC/media player?

31st January 2007, 07:40
Haven't found the caching but I found the ability in both progs to give them higher than normal priority. It helped some with MPC but makes things pretty smooth in VLC. However, since i started this thread the audio on the computer isn't working for anything. It was glitchy before but not sure what's going on with it now....

31st January 2007, 10:04
you might want to check TCPMP ( http://picard.exceed.hu/tcpmp/test/ ) as it was always the fastest with low memory comsumption, but i'm not sure at the moment if it is able to play DVD's from the dvd drive ...


1st February 2007, 02:07
Perhaps an old version of some dvd-playback software can better cope with it?

Here is an archive that hosts older versions of softwares: