[clug] Re: XBMC

Rodney Peters rodneyp at pcug.org.au
Tue Jan 20 22:31:20 GMT 2009

It might depend on the resolution you are trying to use.  I note that ATI 
suggest that a card having 256MB RAM is the minimum for smooth playback of HD 
video.  Your low end Nvidia card might have the GPU power & acceleration but 
not the RAM.


On Tuesday 20 January 2009 23:00:21 linux-request at lists.samba.org wrote:
> From:
> Adam Thomas <adam.lloyd at gmail.com>
>   To:
> "Pilcher, Fred" <Fred.Pilcher at act.gov.au>
>   CC:
> CLUG List <linux at lists.samba.org>
>   Date:
> Yesterday 09:17:02
> 2009/1/20 Pilcher, Fred <Fred.Pilcher at act.gov.au>:
> > Has anyone played around with XBMC (http://xbmc.org)?
> >
> > I installed it on a couple of my Ubuntu boxes. It's quite nice, but it
> > runs like the proverbial dog. This surprised my friend who runs it on a
> > couple of quite low-powered Apple devices and says it runs sweetly on
> > those. Running it on my 3GHz P4 with 2GB RAM and a low-end but
> > accelerated NVIDIA card it's virtually unusable - on a lower-powered
> > computer it's completely unusable. I wonder whether it's just the Linux
> > build, or something else.
> My media machine runs XBMC on Ubuntu (ibex). It runs fine at 720x576
> (PAL) using an old GeForce 4 MX440 AGP card with less CPU and RAM than
> your machine. My only guess would be that XBMC doesn't agree that
> there is hardware acceleration and is using it's SDL renderer.
> Can you run other apps which need hardware acceleration?
> Anything interesting in the log file (mine's here: /var/tmp/xbmc-xbmc.log)?
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Fred

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