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December 6, 2002 3:31:14 PM

i have a pos computer i use for watching divx movies on the tv, it is a k6/2 350, just barely fast enough to watch divx movies, it still even studders and takes a few min for the audio/video to sync up. i can put a faster cpu in it (500 max) or i could put in a p 233, do you think the pentium would be better than the k6/2 350?

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December 6, 2002 3:36:28 PM

I found out the hard way that the entire K6 series had a weak floating point, but I don't know about the Pentium. I'd try overclocking, I've seen that the K6-2 can handle up to 2.8v when you use a large cooler (such as the Athlon/Duron/PIII socket coolers). IMO anything above 2.5v just adds heat though, but at 2.5v you can probably get the thing to around 450MHz.

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December 6, 2002 3:48:53 PM

i tried ocing it before, it didnt get one step up before it blue screened. its a soyo bargain bin mother board, so i dont expect much from it. the price was right a couple years ago and i just couldnt say no.

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December 6, 2002 5:23:11 PM

i do other things with the computer on the tv, and im not convinced that that thing will work well. ive heard it doesnt play all files correctly

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December 6, 2002 5:43:04 PM

Alrighty. I'm just not certain that you'll be able to get a processor fast enough was my thinking.

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December 6, 2002 5:48:49 PM

this is just a temporary fix, hopefully in january ill get myself out of the hole enough to upgrade that hunk of junk. its fast enough to play movies that are on 1 cd (lower bitrate) but it wont play movies that are on 2 cds (higher bitrate) and i have to copy the files to the hard drive localy, accross the network or from cd is just too much for it, so it stutters.

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December 6, 2002 7:12:03 PM

Why not get a k7s5a and a gigahertz processor? You could probably get them for about $100 online. Probably cheaper than finding a k6 500 or a pentium 233 now anyways.

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December 6, 2002 7:16:31 PM

im just going to pretend you didnt recomend an ecs mother board. hehe. you would be supprised how cheap those proccessors are still. i found a 500 for 20 bucks or so on ebay.

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December 6, 2002 7:53:50 PM

the k62 500 will play your divx smoothly... you dont really need to spend too much if you just use it for playing movies etc. i have a k62 450 on a Gigabyte GA5AX 128mb ram which i use for the same thing and that works fine.. by thye way which DivX codec are you using? with the divx 5.02 pro codec you can virtually DVD quality on a single cd... save having to switch cd's half way thro a film.....

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December 6, 2002 8:08:26 PM

I have a P-II 450 and can view any divx (while downloading files and having a firewall working, all in win xp, so the performance should be similar)with audio and video sync (except encoded with divx 5). However, until I got bsplayer, I couldn't. Try with this program before upgrading.
December 6, 2002 8:14:10 PM

thats what im trying to figure out, i am under the impression that the k6/2 performance is way behind a similar pentium. what do you mean exept divx 5? i have found that the movies i have encoded with divx 5 play smoother than the old codec.

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December 6, 2002 8:23:33 PM

i done usually do two cds, but some movies, like casino just dont look good on 1.

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December 6, 2002 8:26:25 PM

I also don't really understand, but I've played 3-cd movies with software ac3 decoding smoothly and when I downloaded "Ace Ventura - Animal detective" (1CD) I couldn't watch it, it looked like it was at 6fps or so. The only reason I found was that it was encoded with divx5.
December 6, 2002 8:31:34 PM

a well setup k62 is about 10% slower than an equivalent pII a k6-3 (if you find one..)are marginally better than an equallt clocked pII in some situations. as for DivX 5.. in earlier versions of DivX i found problems with the video and audio getting out of sync.. couldnt seem to fix it at all untill i switched to DivX 5. the problem with DivX 5 films on a single cd is that they can be pretty intensive to play back.. but a k62 500 will manage... at about 75% cpu usage

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December 6, 2002 8:31:52 PM

a movie like ace ventura should look perfect if it was done on one cd, unless the person who encoded it was a complete moron and just used the 5.1 channel ac3. i just started doing all my movies with the 2 channel ac3 track, assuming it was 192 kb. theres not much point in decoding it, downsampling it and re compressing it to mp3 to save a lousy 60 megs. that only gives you 50 bps for the video.

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December 6, 2002 8:37:33 PM

what kind of rig are you playing it back on? like i said in the previous post DivX 5 on 1 cd can be pretty intensive.. they wont play back on a n old rig with a 66MHz fsb smoothly.. or at least my k62 333 wouldnt even tho the cpu usage was only about 80% so im guessing the bottleneck was the bus.

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December 6, 2002 8:47:01 PM

no, the audio is mp3, but even so ac3 5.1 would not be a problem: I can easily play 3-CD movies with ac3 5.1 smootly.
December 6, 2002 8:58:14 PM

no, my p-ii has 100mhz fsb and the cpu usage goes up to 100% as soon as I hit play.
Here's some info about the movies I mentioned:
Ace Ventura (1 cd plays at about 15 fps windowed)
video
divx5
704x304@25
Avg bitrate 951kb/s

audio
mp3 128kb/s cbr

Apollo 13 (3-cd plays smoothly fullscreen)
video
divx3 low-motion
640x272@23.976
Avg bitrate 1661kb/s

audio
ac3 448kb/s (5.1)
December 7, 2002 4:06:03 AM

Well.....as long as the program is 3D Now! Optimized...any K6-2 stemming back from the K6-2 266 (original K6-2) will blow the pants off a Pentium 233MMX Chip.....ur 350 is way better than a 233mmx intel..LoL

Ur better off with getting like more ram than getting a 500 over the 350....but grabbing the 500 for fun wouldnt be a bad idea either...

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December 9, 2002 5:31:38 PM

man, that bsplayer is efficent! it plays all my movies perfectly! althought with some quality loss, but i can live with it watching them on a tv.

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