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    Question MP3's on a 486?

    I was wondering if anyone out there had any experiance running mp3's on a windows 95 computer with a 486 processor. If so, what do you think are the minimum specs for processor speed, memory, etc. and how well does it work (ie. not stuttery) Thank you in advance.

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    dos and mpxplay work on an amd 5x86 133.
    havent tryed linux yet.
    dont wast your time trying with 95

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    I think most mp3 decoders take a pentium to work right. With 95 in the way I don't know. I have an lp3music device that will work all the way down to the 386 level. Even at $99 USD I have found it to be a worthy investment.

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    A 486 dx 66mhz is about the min you would want, as in linux i have used this setup before without problems. 33mhz just wont cut it right, unless you always bump the quality down to like 8k.
    ive never tried a 40mhz 486, but i would just assume it would be closer to 33 than 66...

    I would also assume DOS is just as system friendly as linux when it comes to CPU speed.

    Dont use windows however.

    A p75 (75mhz) with win can chop mp3s badly, so youd need atleast a p133 for it..

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    My plan had been to use a device I found on ebay. I can't remember the name but if you do a search for "pen computer" you'll find several similar devices. Tablet like computers with built in CD-rom, screen, etc. running on a 486 50mhz. A second thought would be to use one of these as a remote display/input console for my laptop (PII-233). Let me know if you have any ideas on how this might work.
    Thanks

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    I tried to play mp3s on my 486dx266 @ 80mhz, but with no luck.
    I used both dos and linux players, with all the slow computers optimizations turned on. The music skipped every 4 secs.
    I think a 486 dx4 100 will almost do the job.

    Lorty
    <a href=http://lorty.mp3car.com/> lorty.mp3car.com </a>

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    I tried with a Texas Instrument 486dx4 -100Mhz with mpxplay, it doesn't cut it. The author of mpxplay says that with a true intel 486 it does it. I dropped a Kingston CPU replacement (Cyrix 586 @133Mhz) and then mpxplay had room to play (55% CPU use with a 160K mp3 stereo). With that machine, under win98 (98lite applied) the same mp3 ates 86%, just enough for the palmamp plugin.

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