no hardware acceleration?

john wendel jwendel10 at
Sat Jul 25 03:45:29 UTC 2009

On 07/24/2009 07:59 PM, Michael Hennebry wrote:
> On Fri, 24 Jul 2009, Michael Hennebry wrote:
>> On Fri, 24 Jul 2009, Michael Hennebry wrote:
>>>> From glxinfo:
>>>> direct rendering: Yes
>>>> OpenGL renderer string: Software Rasterizer
>>> I guess that the second means I don't have hardware aceleration.
>>> What does the first one mean?
>>>> From sysinfo:/ :
>>>> Display Info
>>>> Vendor: Mesa Project
>>>> Model: Software Rasterizer
>>>> Driver: 2.1 Mesa 7.1 rc1
>>> No mention of my geforce graphics card (GX5200LE 128 MB AGP).
>>> Would this sort of thing cause mplayer and ffplay to freeze?
>>> Each of them last a couple before seconds before freezing.
>>> ffplay keeps a little over 1% of the cpu.
>>> Don't remember about mplayer.
> Rebooting has mplayer and ffplay running again.
> I even have sound.
> mplayer occasionally claims my system is too slow.
> This is likely because I still have software rendering?
> True?

Not true. Software rendering refers to the display of 3D objects in 
OpenGL.  Unless you have a very strange setup, mplayer won't be using 
OpenGL to display video data.

I've got a box with a geforce 5200 LE, and it displays video just fine 
if I use the "evil" Nvidia driver. The "nouveau" driver (which you 
probably have) isn't quite ready for prime time.

I get the driver from the Nvidia website, but it can also be yummed from 
the rpmfusion-nonfree repo.



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