Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Aug 2007 22:21 UTC
Windows A curious network performance reduction noticed by many Windows Vista users of the 2CPU forum that became the talk of Slashdot last week has been identified as having been caused not by DRM, as Slashdot users expected, but by a curious prioritization 'feature' of Vista that's intentionally biased toward Media Player at the expense of network and system resources.
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RE[3]: Article in short
by WereCatf on Tue 28th Aug 2007 10:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Article in short"
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Umm, you sure there is nothing wrong with your setup? I've got a Athlon XP 1.43ghz connected to my TV for movie watching pleasures, and it can play back 640x480 videos just fine without any hiccups...Actually, it can even record video at 640x480 at 25fps and still have some spare CPU time left. Though, I haven't tried h264 encoded material on it, but everything else works just peachy.

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RE[4]: Article in short
by Marcellus on Tue 28th Aug 2007 10:45 in reply to "RE[3]: Article in short"
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If it's otherwise idle, then yes it's smooth playing, but my comment was about playing the file when the computer is otherwise under load.

That includes, but is not limited to, copying large amounts of files to/from the computer that is playing the video.

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RE[5]: Article in short
by dylansmrjones on Tue 28th Aug 2007 12:23 in reply to "RE[4]: Article in short"
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That includes, but is not limited to, copying large amounts of files to/from the computer that is playing the video.

If that's enough to make playback stutter you've got to fix your setup.

I don't have problems with playback even when moving many GBytes. I can even move the film I'm watching without any hiccups. On Windows only WinRAR has managed to create issues - or starting applications while watching movies (which happens rarely due to the passive nature of movie entertainment).

On Linux I haven't noticed any problems so far, except for the combination of music playback and Nautilus hanging. But it's perfectly possible to have many programs running in the background, incl. converting movies, moving several GB of data, and downloading through several clients - all at the same time. Works fine in Win2K, XP, Win2K3 and my gentoo installation. If Vista has problems with this it says more about Vista. It isn't a problem with earlier versions of Windows (NT).

EDITED: Fixed quote tag.

Edited 2007-08-28 12:24

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