Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Nov 2005 21:42 UTC
Morphos "Genesi is pleased to announce the development of the 4U2 sub-laptop based on the EFIKA 5K2 reference design and the Freescale MPC5200B. The 4U2 will be produced in Asia and be available in Q2 2006. The 4U2 board can be deployed in a variety of configurations and uses and includes both mobile and WIFI wireless capability." More here. The price will be $299 (EUR 255), but may drop if demand is great enough.
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RE[2]: video?
by msundman on Wed 30th Nov 2005 15:07 UTC in reply to "RE: video?"
msundman
Member since:
2005-07-06

> Don't mistake MacOS's poor performance for it being a slow
> cpu (it is a slow cpu, but not *that* slow). A G3 has more
> then enough giddieup for watching movies.

So you're essentially saying that in even the newest versions of VLC for Mac OS X over 50% of the CPU is wasted (regardless of the video output method used)? Yeah, right.

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RE[3]: video?
by the_leander on Wed 30th Nov 2005 15:17 in reply to "RE[2]: video?"
the_leander Member since:
2005-07-01

>So you're essentially saying that in even the newest
>versions of VLC for Mac OS X over 50% of the CPU is
>wasted (regardless of the video output method used)?
>Yeah, right.

No, I'm saying that MacOS X is very resource intensive in itself, leaving far less available power for things like Video playback. It could also be that the supporting chipset is a pile of poo. But the cpu itself packs more then enough grunt to do the work.

I've seen 600Mhz G3 based AmigaOne's (complete with a [in]famously crappy chipset) play DVD's back flawlessly. Clearly, something is very amiss with your laptop.

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RE[4]: video?
by msundman on Wed 30th Nov 2005 15:38 in reply to "RE[3]: video?"
msundman Member since:
2005-07-06

> > So you're essentially saying that in even the newest
> > versions of VLC for Mac OS X over 50% of the CPU is
> > wasted (regardless of the video output method used)?
> > Yeah, right.
>
> No, I'm saying that MacOS X is very resource intensive
> in itself, leaving far less available power for things
> like Video playback.

Well, at least the kernel reports that about 90% of the CPU goes to VLC when I try to play videos, but of course I don't know how much of that is in crappy support libraries. Still, it should be able to play some videos flawlessly with less than 50% CPU time.
My other two piece-of-sh*t laptops (850MHz P3 and 1GHz Transmeta Crusoe, both dead slow) run circles around the G3 Mac.


> It could also be that the supporting chipset is a pile of poo.

Even if that was the case it shouldn't cut the efficiency by half!


> I've seen 600Mhz G3 based AmigaOne's (complete with a
> [in]famously crappy chipset) play DVD's back flawlessly.
> Clearly, something is very amiss with your laptop.

Actually I don't think I have tried playing DVDs on it. I usually rip my DVDs to XviD and then just use the XviD files.

Anyway, back to the point. Even if a 700MHz G3 would somehow barely manage to play full size XviD videos it doesn't mean that a 466MHz MPC5200B would, too. As I said, I believe it when I see it.

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RE[3]: video?
by on Thu 1st Dec 2005 02:50 in reply to "RE[2]: video?"
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Even without DMA enabled (had a prototype) on my harddrive I can play anything I've thrown at my 800MHz G3 AmigaOne using Mplayer (a bit heavier than VLC). My 867 MHz G4 Powerbook has problems with some of the same movies in VLC and Mplayer. So yes, there are indeed problems with cpu usage and playback using VLC under OS X.

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