Hi, I've been using Feisty Fawn on my HP Omnibook 6000 (256mb, 80GB HDD, P3 600mhz) for several months now and there is just one issue that I cannot seem to resolve: graphics.
Whenever I playback video clips and films they always suffer from jerkiness, heavy pixellation and reduced quality compared to when they're run on the same laptop under Windows, where the same video files play perfectly.
I have tried various workarounds, searched endlessly and posted thorough detailed descriptions of my problem on specialist Linux video forums but no-one seems to have any answers.
Has anyone else encountered a similar problem or can offer any suggestions? Thanks for reading my post.
Which should be done automatically with 7.10 through the restricted drivers control under the System->Preferences->Restricted Drivers. Given the low resources I'd suggest looking at XUbuntu based on XFCE as is it uses far less resources than KDE.
I have Kubuntu 7.10 installed on my desktop. It's an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ with an ATI X300SE card.
I did the comparison check, too. Windows is on another partition. Videos played in Windows look crisper, sharper. I don't think it's always the computer but rather the drivers and video card configuration. But, I'm only speculating.
I'd been searching for ages for any possible leads. No-one else really had any experience with this issue, but thankfully you guys have all the answers.
I haven't tried DSL yet but I've downloaded Xubuntu 7.10 and I'm using the Live CD right now. I see what you mean about the performance difference, it seems to work better with the laptop too (wireless connectivity feels more reliable and stable).
Once I've installed it onto the hard disk I'll post back with the results so that others in the same situation can use the information too. Thanks again...
Update time... I've installed Xubuntu 7.10 and the fact my wireless card finally works properly has a put a smile on my face .Ran some tests by playing a couple of films in .Avi format using Mplayer: it plays in a small window but attempts at fullscreen produce reports of video config problems.
Never one to give up quickly, I ran the Xvinfo command in Terminal and received the following:
X-Video Extension version 2.2
no adaptors present
Next, I checked the X-Server(?) version using X -version in Terminal and it listed these details:
X Window System Version 1.3.0
Release Date: 19 April 2007
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 1.3
Build Operating System: Linux Ubuntu (xorg-server 2:18.104.22.168.dfsg-12ubuntu8)
Current Operating System: Linux excelsior 2.6.22-14-generic #1 SMP Sun Oct 14 23:05:12 GMT 2007 i686
Build Date: 29 September 2007
Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
to make sure that you have the latest version.
So I opened up the Xorg.conf file to see which driver is being used:
Identifier "Generic Video Card"
As you can see Xorg isn't using the right settings for my chipset (the ATI Mach64), so I'm going to see if I can run a script which will install the correct driver and hopefully this should put me on the right track. If anyone has any suggestions in the meantime, please let me know.