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    i been looking through the archives with referance to the lowest spec pc that will play software dvd without any problems but there does not seem to be a real solid answer.
    What is the lowest spec you are running

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  • #2
    The reason that you cant find a solid spec on software DVD is that there is no solid minimum system requirements for it. Every part of the system effects performance: CPU RAM, grfx card, etc. Then again, if you are really worried, you can pick up a decoder card for ~$30....
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    • #3
      You'd be safe with a 400-500 Mhz.

      My amd k6-2 350 ran dvds at about 20 fps.
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      • #4
        How you measure the FPS you are getting?

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        • #5
          I had a PII-350 that ran them flawlessly with just software decoding. It couldn't do anything else at the same time, so you may want to go a little faster. Also make sure you have DMA enabled to your DVD drive.

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          • #6
            I'm running a Celeron 600 II with 64MB ram, 16X slot loading drive, and a 16MB video card. It is quite crap on sodtware DVD playback, freezes, misses frames, sound drop out etc. Then I enabled the DMA on the drive, and it is a lot better, (well it's actually bloody nice) but it still stops every 5 mins or so, and the DVD spins up faster, and then it carries on. I can't seem to stop it doing this? But it just goes to show even a resonably fast machine is poor.

            Meatballman, how on earth did you get it to work on a PII350? was it smooth?

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            • #7
              Celery chips suck at multimedia stuff. I can see a pII running it right at 350 but not a celery at 600.

              That 20 fps measurement was just kinda guess work. It wasn't super smooth, but it wasn't really choppy either.
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              • #8
                I have a 233mmx w/ 64megs that runs powerdvd smoothly. I dont have any choppy video. If you tweak your system and keep the system resources to a minimum..it should work fine.

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                • #9
                  Toxic - What vid card you running?

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                  • #10
                    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Meatballman, how on earth did you get it to work on a PII350? was it smooth? </font>
                    It was very smooth. If some program in the background kicked in, I'd get a frame glitch or two. I think older Celerons only have 64K (or 128?) L2 cache, whereas PII's have 512K. That makes a significant difference in multimedia apps. In case it matters, the vid card was a Creative 3DBlaster Banshee PCI, which is known for using very little processor power and the DVD was a Pioneer DVD-104S slot load. I successfully watched movies smoothly in both PowerDVD and XingDVD.

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                    • #11
                      har.

                      i played dvd on my celeron 300a... at 300mhz.
                      of course.. that's with a scsi dvd drive. so that helps a lot..

                      it's as smooth as glass on my celeron 600
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                      • #12
                        I couldn't smoothly run software dvd on my K6-2 400, but it did run perfectly at about 40% processor usage once i used a program that utilized my ATI card's hardware decoding. Now on my duron 700 i can get great playback both software and hardware as long as I have DMA enabled. It runs poorly otherwise.
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                        • #13
                          Nester: Your video card must have mpg decoding built in. (or smooth to you is 15 fps )
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                          • #14
                            Dos: its an ATI [email protected] PCI

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