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[5]: Article in short
by dylansmrjones on Tue 28th Aug 2007 12:23 UTC 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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RE[6]: Article in short
by Marcellus on Tue 28th Aug 2007 13:16 in reply to "RE[5]: Article in short"
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If "fixing my setup" means getting a PCI/PCI-e NIC instead of running the integrated gigabit one, getting a real soundcard instead of running the integrated "HD Audio", etc. and ending up with a setup that costs a lot more, then it simply equals tossing more resources at the problem.
While it is annoying when it happens, it's by no means worth the extra money to fix only that.

Fact is that it does happen for me and many others, even if you say you have been spared.

The problem that Vista causes is pretty minor and will be fixed in time.
Hopefully to a more dynamic solution rather than simply upping the hardcoded limit, and make better use of multicore when available.

MS have already admitted that the network performance drop on gigabit network is much larger than intended, so personally I'm content with waiting for a solution now.

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RE[7]: Article in short
by jlarocco on Tue 28th Aug 2007 13:48 in reply to "RE[5]: Article in short"
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You've shelled out for the most expensive consumer OS, and now you need a fix so it'll work better on your super cheapo computer hardware?

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