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How fast of a pc do you need to play mp3's?

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March 30, 2001 8:55:01 PM

I dont know as since mp3's came out
i had a 350 and it was fine
but my friend has a older 166 system

and will this be able to play them?
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March 30, 2001 10:12:33 PM

just for MP3 playing alone, not using it for anything else, you can go somewhere around the 90mhz Pentium range, probably lower, thats just the lowest Pentium I had available.

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Anonymous
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March 30, 2001 10:26:04 PM

Yeah, even on my P3 500 it only uses 4% at max (that is with variable mp3's, most people use a solid bitrate which takes even less cpu)
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March 30, 2001 10:27:26 PM

I can play them no problems on a k6-233 with 64MB RAM... but it would play on Cyrix 586-100 16MB RAM, even when I did some digging and attempted to find a MP3 decoder which is efficient...
Anonymous
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March 30, 2001 11:46:14 PM

just make sure you have winamp set to realtime for mp3 decoding, other wise winamp would give way for programs and skip.
March 31, 2001 12:56:48 AM

Everything you didnt want to know about MP3's at least minimal hardware requirements and stuff.

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March 31, 2001 3:26:58 AM

Anyu PC that will run Windows 95 smoothly will play MP3's ok using Windows Media Player. As for other players, I have seen some stall cheap new systems!

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March 31, 2001 3:30:52 AM

Don't expect to run mp3's smoothly on an older system with onboard sound. It might/will skip if you try to multitask. However, if you have a soundcard I would expect it to be fine.

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Pablo Picasso
March 31, 2001 2:38:32 PM

486-66
24MB ram
SB pro
Win95B

It works but don't expect to do anything else at the same time.

- JW
March 31, 2001 2:47:42 PM

mind giving some specs on your system?
I've had Dx4/100s not play an MP3 at full quality, had to drop it to the lowest quality setting available just to play...

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March 31, 2001 3:39:23 PM

I've seen mp3's playing in full quality on 75Mhz 486DX with optmized player. If you don't use GUI-based OS (a la Windows), 4-8Mb RAM should be enough.
March 31, 2001 4:32:45 PM

you guys know about any mp3 player for windows 3.1

i got a system in my room and just wondering if there was one ot there

it hs a 83 mhz oveeeer drive chip in and 32 mb of ram so form what i read it should be possible to play stuff on it
March 31, 2001 11:53:24 PM

You can use a 486 for playing mp3's. just make sure it has a PCI mobo for a decent sound card.

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April 1, 2001 6:31:55 PM

How? I could not on DX4-100 - until i move to pentium 100.
I saw a DX2-66 with MP3s, but that was mono & low spec files, and some spetial player (that come together with music files). And that system didn't work when i saw it.


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April 1, 2001 7:23:54 PM

how? It's not very hard. i saw people making car mp3 players out of 486's. just need a PCI motherboard for good sound card.

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Anonymous
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April 1, 2001 11:25:21 PM

I didn't read the whole thread but here goes:

I had a Pentium 120 with 16 mb and it ran mp3's fine... of course... i had to buy an additional hard drive because it woud fill up after 1 or 2 mp3's =P
April 2, 2001 12:26:48 AM

i got mp3's playing on a 486/66 but in dos and a command line player with a two text line display. winamp has a 486 optimisation option though. get the player off cnet or something, can't remember the name
April 2, 2001 9:59:23 AM

Pentium 66 MHZ (no mistake) is fine, I tried it with some
cheap a$$ sound cards and it worked fine.

166 is more than enough.

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April 2, 2001 5:43:41 PM

would you like to listen to music in fast fwd mode?
mp3 players, no matter how fast they run, play these files at a predetermined speed, so his is not a problem.

but you do need a good sound card, and a reasonably fast cpu (the one you mentioned should be fine) to play mp3s well, else you will hear momentory pauses between the songs, or wont hear them at all.

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