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[LINUX] Acer Aspire Revo (NVIDIA Ion) with XBMC for Linux performance and stability?
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How well will Ubuntu with XBMC or XBMC Live run on an Acer Aspire Revo?

Acer Aspire Revo Specifications:
Processor: Intel Atom 230 1.6GHz
Memory: 2GB
HD Capacity: 160GB
Display: None
Graphics Card: NVIDIA ION
Optical Drive: None
Operating System: Vista Home Premium
Networking: Wireless 802.11b/g, Ethernet LAN 10/100
Four-in-one card reader, supporting:
MultiMediaCard (MMC)
Secure Digital (SD) Card
xD-Picture Card
Memory Stick
Ports:
VGA D-sub
HDMI
eSATA
6x USB2.0
Headphone Jack
Microphone Jack

more info:
http://www.gadgets-club.com/acer-aspire-...ng-device/
http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,68268...f/Reviews/
http://www.techdigest.tv/2009/04/acer_aspire_rev.html
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I have no experience with the mentioned system, but looking at the specs I can say the following:

It comes with a Geforce 9400M chipset (Ion graphics chip). The 9400 chip can handle every video format supported by vdpau.. Yes even 1080p.

This system is equipped with an Atom N230, 1.6 GHz, single-core CPU and two gigabyte RAM. So when you're playing a video not supported by vdpau then the picture changes. In this case you will be able to play at max 720p videos. The CPU is way to slow to play 1080p.

A side note: VDPAU is basicly the nvideo hardware accelerated video decoder.
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tmpdir Wrote:I have no experience with the mentioned system, but looking at the specs I can say the following:

It comes with a Geforce 9400M chipset (Ion graphics chip). The 9400 chip can handle every video format supported by vdpau.. Yes even 1080p.

This system is equipped with an Atom N230, 1.6 GHz, single-core CPU and two gigabyte RAM. So when you're playing a video not supported by vdpau then the picture changes. In this case you will be able to play at max 720p videos. The CPU is way to slow to play 1080p.

A side note: VDPAU is basicly the nvideo hardware accelerated video decoder.

Atom N230, 1.6 GHz will die with most 720p using software decode, this is the single core atom not the dual core 330.
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davilla Wrote:Atom N230, 1.6 GHz will die with most 720p using software decode, this is the single core atom not the dual core 330.

Most people are interested in the Aspire Revo because it has an Nvidia 9400 in it, which can play 1080p content very well as long as your using VDPAU.

But, as this device has yet to be released on the market yet, we cannot be sure how well it plays anything.

-Ash-
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According to the reviews, this really needs to have dual core atom ( 330 ) for it to shine in higher resolutions.

See here for review http://hothardware.com/printarticle.aspx?articleid=1309
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Quote: According to the reviews, this really needs to have dual core atom ( 330 ) for it to shine in higher resolutions.

See here for review http://hothardware.com/printarticle.aspx?articleid=1309
Not really, if you read the review they say it plays HD video like a champ when it is able to offload the video decoding to the GPU, which to me sounds like it would be an awesome little box with VDPAU enabled.

-Bahndit
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Bahndit Wrote:Not really, if you read the review they say it plays HD video like a champ when it is able to offload the video decoding to the GPU, which to me sounds like it would be an awesome little box with VDPAU enabled.

-Bahndit

The Acer Aspire Revo finished a hair behind the NVIDIA Ion reference platform in our Left 4 Dead tests, when the two systems are equipped with the same processor. As you can see though, with a dual-core Atom powering the Ion reference platform, L4D performance jumps much higher. It seems the single-core Atom just doesn't have enough oomph to let the Ion graphics processor spread its wings here.
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Engadget review:
http://www.engadget.com/2009/04/28/a...rerevo-review/

"Video playback is the real winner here, with accelerated 1080p video in all sorts of flavors. Unfortunately, you have to know what you're doing. For instance, a 1080p QuickTime movie plays nice and accelerated in PowerDVD, but horribly in actual QuickTime, since it's not GPU-accelerated."


-Ash-
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#9
I was intersted to find out if the the xbmc 9.4 would use VDPAU. Which in my limited undestanding would let it work like a champ
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I think the point here is that if you attempt to play a non-VDPAU capable 720p video, you're out of luck. Meanwhile, those of us not using the single core atom platform never notice this, because most modern processors have no trouble with 720p when VDPAU is not enabled.
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Whats the big deal? Turn on VDPAU and profit. Yes, yes, I am your saviour. All hail me.
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all hail motd2k Smile
MediaInfo : http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/
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#13
Nvidia really turned the tables round on hw acc in OSes.

Looking at DXVA's list, its hardly appealing. Either I shell out £££ for Win/Power DVD, or Core AVC (which isn't really a proper solution) or the free but far from complete MPC-HC

VDAPU is looking far more attractive.
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motd2k Wrote:Whats the big deal? Turn on VDPAU and profit. Yes, yes, I am your saviour. All hail me.
Hail, Lord motd2k. You bringeth HD goodness where it twas' not capable before. We thank thee from the bottom of our now less empty wallets. Big GrinNod

-Will
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#15
Hallo, i have an Revo and have to say that 1080p didnt play very well atm. I run 19616 on several PCs with P5N7A-VM Mobos and the work a lot better Sad The strange part is that VDR with xine works also on the Revo almost perfect.

I played also already with the bios settings (HT on/off).
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