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Re: [opensuse] Re: Problem with popping in audio and stuttering graphics...
  • From: Yas say <baladeh@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2009 19:54:25 -0800 (PST)
  • Message-id: <18518.74195.qm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
so you do not want use mplayer for the tv stream? but i guess you could blame
the AMD processor. I have nvidia & tv tuner card on this intel quad machine &
it is around 30% with glxgears & other processes.

it's now easy to compile a kernel:

before GRUB got popular, we used to copy built kernel & edit files manually.

i recompiled this kernel last night: uname -a
Linux gbint #1 SMP Fri Jan 16 22:02:30 EST 2009 i686 i686 i386
GNU/Linux & i want to do it again for nvidia.

--- On Sun, 1/18/09, Basil Chupin <blchupin@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Basil Chupin <blchupin@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [opensuse] Re: Problem with popping in audio and stuttering
To: opensuse@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Sunday, January 18, 2009, 3:26 AM
Clayton wrote:
Question is... is the
only realistic solution to recompile? Yuck.
I can do this, but... it
has been a while.

I really do not consider that the solution is to
recompile the kernel. I
could do it but I haven't recompiled a kernel
for zonks, just like you.

Actually it was dead easy to do. It hasn't
changed since the Stone
Age (last time I built my pown kernel was probably
about that long
ago). It's well documented here:
(although the steps could use some updating and minor
Total time to rebuild the kernel was about 1h20m
including the time
spent poking around in the options just to see what
was there.

The result - as i said in a previous post - was a 40%
increase in
performance in OpenGL apps. I see no difference on
the desktop...
only in the games.

The test app used was Call Of Duty 4 running on Cedega
7.0.0, and
using the "timedemo" feature running a
pre-recorded multiplayer game
session. The FPS was recorded with full AA 4x and all
graphics options
on high with the default kernel and then with the
rebuilt kernel.
There was a 37% increase in FPS with the new kernel.


I've spent the past several days fooling around with
recompiling the
kernel (as per suggestions) and doing some testing. I do
not play games
and do not have the 'timedemo' testing app. you
mention so cannot
provide speed results equivalent to yours. However, I can
provide the
results produced by glxgears[1] (see below).

My system is 32-bit, running oS11.1 with KDE4.2RC1; CPU is
Athlon XP
3200 and the video is an nVidia 6600GT. It took 1hr39min to
compile the
(new) kernel.

The default/pae kernel had the Timer Frequency set to 275
Hz which I
reset to 1000Hz; I also reset the CPU Family to correctly
reflect the
AMD I have.

After the compiled kernel was installed I found that I was
getting very
poor results when running glxgears[1]. To see if the
results would
change I did 2 things:

* compiled nVidia drivers 188-06, 188-17 and 188-22 against
the new
kernel; and

* turned ON and OFF the Composite setting in
/etc/X11/xorg.conf for each
nVidia driver.

The results are:

Driver Composite OFF (fps) Composite On (fps)

188-06 ~3650 ~1722
188-17 ~3650 ~1730
188-22 ~2900 ~1752

Note the drop in fps for 188-22 when Composite was OFF (but
the slight
increase for ON). For all the tests the driver in xorg.conf
was nvidia
and not the simple nv.

There is one more (important, for me at least) factor about
the 188-22
driver (see also next paragraph) - which happens to be the
latest driver
from nVidia: I have a digital TV card installed, use either
kaffeine or
xine, and found that with the -22 driver even with
Composite OFF the
High Definition (HD) channels had their picture shimmering
and wobbling
like jelly on a plate. The channels were not watchable.
Switching back
to the 188-17 driver all HD channels were perfect
irrespective of
whether Composite was OFF or ON.

Re HD channels. Before I recompiled the kernel I could not
successfully watch any HD channels because the picture
always pixielated
and the sound dropped out/stuttered/made clicking noises.
This problem
is now gone with the new compiled kernel and the picture
and sound are
now perfect[2].

Hope the above are of use to you and to others. As far as I
am concerned
I will now recompile the kernel each time there is a new
one available.

[1] I know that glxgears is not a benchmarking tool but
it's the only
one I have to use.

[2] Just for information: in kaffeine one can set the
Quality and mine is set to the third highest setting.


"With the portion of mankind that is above average one
may speak of higher things; with those below it, one may


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