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    Which distro for HD Movies?

    Hi

    Pre 10.04 My old PC would play 720 Movies But due to kernel updates / Dropped support for old ATI Cards the pc is now useless as it's used for a TV .

    The GFX card is a X800Pro

    Am wondering is anyone knows a distro that could help bring the PC back to life and play 720's ?

    Tried xubuntu and same issue so I think I need the old kernel / ATI drivers
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    Re: Which distro for HD Movies?

    I have an old pc (P4 3.0 GHz / 2 gig memory / Intel onboard GPU) and this "oldie" is connected to my flatscreen tv in order to play movies. I installed Lubuntu 12.04 which has the lightweight desktop environment LXDE. And i don't have any issues with playing video's at this moment. I'm using Vlc as videoplayer.

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    Re: Which distro for HD Movies?

    I think I need kernel 2.6.31 or earlier

    Debian 5 has this ~ is this still usable ?

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    Re: Which distro for HD Movies?

    Quote Originally Posted by SlugSlug View Post
    I think I need kernel 2.6.31 or earlier
    Why do you think you need an earlier kernel? There's not much reason to go for an older kernel. Besides that, you'lll gonna miss a lot of kernel updates

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    Re: Which distro for HD Movies?

    Need old kernel for ATI driver support

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    Re: Which distro for HD Movies?

    Support for your videocard is not only depending on the kernel, ATI and Nvidia need a so called proprietary driver.

    Here are some links for your videocard:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/ATI
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/13339...tu-12-04-repos

    You can install the latest lightweight ditro such as Xubuntu or Lubuntu and install the correct driver to get your card working.

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    Re: Which distro for HD Movies?

    Unfortunately the ATI is not installable later kernels ~ Thats why I need to older ones

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    Re: Which distro for HD Movies?

    Try Debian stable, or oldstable if you need to go back that far. If you do have to use Debian 5 (oldstable), you should still be able to, but "2012-02-06 : End of security updates / End of life", so be aware of that. If you're just using it as a media center that shouldn't be much of an issue, if you're content with using old versions of things like VLC or whatever else you use.
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    Re: Which distro for HD Movies?

    Thanks I'll give debian 5 a shot

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    Re: Which distro for HD Movies?

    For the record,

    I installed Debian 5 (oldstable) hit dependency hell compiling apps (VLC was a pain). did a dist-upgrade to Debian 6 (squeeze / stable) and it's running HD movies now pretty sweet.

    I've disabled the entries in sources.list to stop any updates breaking it


    Thanks

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