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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.
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