View Full Version : building a reliable mp3 "music box"

Niek Jongerius
2004-08-14, 06:13
Jack Coates wrote:

> Let me second this, as I am (or rather, my wife is) running Linux on this
> VIA. It's Mandrake 10, and there's no hardware acceleration. No fun. I'm
> following the unichrome list's efforts to get things working, and they're
> making some progress, but it's slow going. If you want to watch movies or
> play games on a mini-ITX, buy an XP license.

If you're running stuff off IDE DVD drives, you might want to check your
"hdparm" settings. Most distros are rather conservative when it comes to
using your IDE drive potentials. Do a "hdparm /dev/hdX", and check the
"using_dma". You want this set to "1". If it is set to "0", you can forget
streaming your movies off the drive. Also you might want to enable 32-bit
support. Check "man hdparm", options -c and -d.