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Vectorbie Station => Vectorbie Questions => Topic started by: van wilder on December 22, 2008, 09:18:49 am

Title: P1 133Mhz,16Mb RAM, GPU uses 1Mb
Post by: van wilder on December 22, 2008, 09:18:49 am
Can this oldtimer use any kind of linux to play a movie?
Please help!
Title: Re: P1 133Mhz,16Mb RAM, GPU uses 1Mb
Post by: lagagnon on December 22, 2008, 10:14:15 am
With only 16MB of RAM I'm afraid you will not be able to run the X graphical environment and the only Linux that would work on that system would be a text based one, so the answer is no to movies! You could probably pick up a MUCH faster machine than that at any computer recycling depot....
Title: Re: P1 133Mhz,16Mb RAM, GPU uses 1Mb
Post by: Joe1962 on December 22, 2008, 10:17:54 am
You might be able to play movies without X with mplayer using framebuffer. I've never tried it, but have read about it. However, that processor is probably too slow for any modern video codec, though perhaps vcd (mpeg1) is doable.
Title: Re: P1 133Mhz,16Mb RAM, GPU uses 1Mb
Post by: The Headacher on December 22, 2008, 10:30:42 am
I think you might be able to get it to play _some_ movies, depending on filetype, compression ratios and resolution. Vectorlinux will not be the distribution of your choice though, since it will not run on hardware with those specs.

You might be able to pull something like this off with Damn Small Linux:
http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/index.php/FAQ#Will_DSL_ever_get_bigger_than_50_MBytes.3F

Or perhaps one of the other really small linux's : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini_Linux

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ps. Just noticed lagagnon's tip, that's a really good one (if recycling depots are anywhere near)!
Title: Re: P1 133Mhz,16Mb RAM, GPU uses 1Mb
Post by: van wilder on December 24, 2008, 10:40:58 am
Thanks!