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Is There Any Way To Improve My Video Performance?


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#1 yorocco7

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 07:09 PM

I've noticed that my laptop seems to have a hardtime playing some video files like TV shows that I've DL. I have to use VLC player to get most of my videos to play right. If I use MP10 or DIVX player the video is choppy. I recently used my other laptop, Dell inspiron 8100. I had to plug it into my monitor since the dell unit doesn't have a monitor anymore. It plays videos much better. I've noticed it will also play game demos that the HP unit can't even start to play. I was thinking it might have something to do with the Video card in the HP unit. It used a video system I'd never heard of. I've been told its an old/ uncommon system. I've listed the system details below.
**Is there anyway to improve the performance of the video playback?
**Is there any upgrades I should make?
I Appreciate the help!
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S3 Graphic twister + S3 Hotkey
Chip set: S3-VIA Twister
BIOS version:6.01.90.15
system memory: 512MB
video memory:32MB
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display driver: s3gnb.dll 6.14.10.0012-13.94.12 {DX9}
miniport driver:s3gnbm.sys 6.14.10.0012-13.94.12
OpenGL ICD: nbicdnt.dll 2.40.116
DirectX
Directx: 9.0
Directx Media: 6.05.2600.2180
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#2 yorocco7

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 07:12 PM

OOOPS I just realized I probably posted this in the wrong forum. I didn't see the Audio/Video forum until it was too late. Sorry my bad!
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 02:27 AM

Video playback is done by the processor unless you have some specific video decoding hardware in your graphics card. If the video playback is choppy it is because the processor can't decode it in time. You could try turning off alll background tasks to free up processing power and getting a more efficient decoder. I've had some sucess with FFDShow and Media Player Classic, especially the MMX or the SSE versions. You could try one of those versions, provided your processor supports MMX or SSE, which you can find out with CPU-Z.
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 02:30 AM

Yes, S3 video is very old, it is mainly used on server mainboards now, It has never been suitable for running video playback.
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 02:26 PM

Thanks for the info! Oldf@rt why do you think my Laptop uses S3? You said it was never suited for running playback. Was S3 installed in laptops of a certain age? Also I'm not too clear, what is MMX & SSE? Thanks!
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 06:19 PM

Here is where I got the S3 graphics from:

S3 Graphic twister + S3 Hotkey
Chip set: S3-VIA Twister
BIOS version:6.01.90.15
system memory: 512MB
video memory:32MB
S3 Driver
display driver: s3gnb.dll 6.14.10.0012-13.94.12 {DX9}
miniport driver:s3gnbm.sys 6.14.10.0012-13.94.12
OpenGL ICD: nbicdnt.dll 2.40.116
DirectX
Directx: 9.0
Directx Media: 6.05.2600.2180


S3 video is part of the chipset, as your system appears. MMX and SSE are additional instructions designed to speed up Video, sound, etc. See if DirecX 9.0c will help you. The s3 chipsets had no built in video decoders, so 2d lower color palettes worked fine, but if increased the chip has nothing to inprove performance.
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