I own one of this wonderful Shuttle's barebone (FV 25) and I want to build a
DivX/MP3 linux box with it. I aiming at a fast-booting clean setup with
minimal components. BTW, if anyone finds the idea interesting or has some
experience in this area, give me feedback.
The sound setup works great (with a little bit of tweaking I admit, I must
use ALSA) on a MDK 8.2 but I still have problem with the display system ( a
VIA twister-T chispet (PN133T) featuring a S3 Savage4 chipset). I use
Mplayer ,as it is, in my opinion, the most capable linux movie player ,so I
have a wide choice of video output. Xv output on X should be the fastest but
it isn't (in fact VESA output is the fastest which is strange). It seems
that X Savage out-of-the-box support on a MDK 8.2 is not working properly. I
tested my X setup with and without "NoAccel" and there is no difference .
Yet, I absolutly need hardware acceleration (especially hardware scaling) in
order to fit ANY DivX movie into a TV display. (soft scaling is SO slow)
I downloaded a savage_drv.o (1.1.23t from
http://www.probo.com/timr/savage40.html) replaced the included driver with
this one and it still doesn't work. (of course I checked XF86Config ...)
I get during X boot many such messages "could not activate Write-Combining
at <an address>" (aka MTRR), I definitely want to set this up working as it
is said in Mplayer's docs that it can increase player performance by 3x. And
obviously, Hardware scaling would be good !
Please help me out !