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From: Jack Lloyd <lloyd@×××××××××.net>
To: gentoo-sparc@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-sparc] Myth/DVD/MAME on an Ultra5?
Date: Mon, 09 Oct 2006 20:12:10
Message-Id: 20061009195046.GA11577@randombit.net
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-sparc] Myth/DVD/MAME on an Ultra5? by Oliver M A Wilson
On Wed, Oct 04, 2006 at 04:55:52PM +0000, Oliver M A Wilson wrote:
> What is the clock speed on the cpu? I have never tried DVD/TV on my > 333Mhz Ultra5 but DivX playback was awful, it can just almost cope with > full screen mpeg playback. I think these machines just aren't powerful > enough to cope with modern media apps.
333 here as well. Was that with the onboard video? I'm wondering if with a more modern card it can offload more work from the CPU (also I think MPEG-4 is more CPU intensive than MPEG-2, though I'm sure even that will be a strain for this old thing).
> By the way, is it the IDE controller that sucks? I always put the crap > hard drive performance down the fact they are 5400rpm disk.
Yeah, the driver has a comment describing the chipset as "broken by design". No DMA! I've got a 7200 RPM ATA/66 drive in there now and it's only marginally better. Guess Sun didn't want to canabalize sales of the Ultra2 by giving the 5 decent I/O throughput. -Jack -- gentoo-sparc@g.o mailing list

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Re: [gentoo-sparc] Myth/DVD/MAME on an Ultra5? Oliver M A Wilson <o.m.a.wilson@×××××××××.uk>