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SubjectSlow down problems (VM related?) with 2.4.1x kernels
[ Please CC: me on reply since I'm not a linux-kernel subscriber ]


I often watch DVDs with the vlc program ( and
it worked perfectly until I switched to 2.4.10 and greater kernels.
I can no longer what DVDs with current kernels (that is the reason
why I kept a 2.4.9) since I do experience interruptions of the video
and the audio quite every second. I tried first to modify parameters
of the player: lowering audio quality, switching from 32 bbp to 16 bbp
but nothing changed. Furthermore, the harddisc is not used at all
during the decoding.

It obvious that it does come from vlc since the same version of the
program behaves differently on 2.4.9 and 2.4.1x.

The only major change I'm aware of between 2.4.9 and following kernels
is the VM and I'm a bit worried about the fact that it has been chosen
as the final VM for 2.4 kernels: I don't want to go back to 2.4.9 foverer
when I want to watch DVDs. I have no clue about if this is really a VM
problem or not and I'm not a kernel hacker. I also know that some people
experienced the same problem in the same conditions.

My system is:
- Athlon 1,2 GHz
- Asus A7V133 / 266 FSB motherboard
- 512 Megs of SDRam
- ATI Radeon VE video card.

I hope this helps.


PS: If I can help with investingating in some way, please tell me.

Jérôme Marant <>

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