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Re: [SLE] 9.0 small video problem
  • From: David Johanson <dcjohan@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 21:21:57 -0500
  • Message-id: <420EB9C5.5010306@xxxxxxxxxxx>

Mark Crean wrote:
David Johanson wrote:

I am having difficulty getting video to play smoothly on a 9.0 box which is actually my brides dual boot Win2K/SuSE 9.0 system. DVDs play crisply and smoothly on the windows side but are very jerky on the SuSE side, as if there is file buffering taking place like load, run, load next, run next, and so forth. I doubt that it is hardware related as the problem is absent, as I mentioned, on the windows side. [snip]

It sounds as if you may not have DMA enabled on your drives - check in YaST (I think this setting is in YaST for 9.0 but can't remember). Stuttering is a classic symptom of this though there may be other reasons. You can also check on your drives by going (as root) hdparm -i /dev/xxx - where xxx is your drive number, hdc, dvd, whatever - and inspecting the output. Have you tried the packman site for full, not limited, versions of xine et al, packaged up for SuSE? Useful place -



Thanks for the suggestion. I jumped into YaST and looked at DMA and noted that the dvd drive had DMA turned off so I elected to go with "UltraDMA/33". Well, that solved the jerky problem, but now I was without sound. It would run VERY smooth for a few minutes, 3-4, soundless, then crash with the error message "too many audio packets in the buffer" which seems odd since there was no sound provided. And yes, the sound does work, it was fine when things were jerky, but now there is no sound with the video. After several attempt at trying to see what setting might not be set correctly, mplayer stopped working giving the error message "error opening the selected video_out (-vo) device. Returning the dvd drive setting to "no DMA" didn't help any. Now I'm totally stumped.

Any further advice greatly appreciated.


David C. Johanson
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