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Macintosh PowerBook DVD-Video PC Card?

valejacobo

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Are there any hardware acceleration PC Cards available that I haven't heard of? All G4 PB came with a Radeon, and CorePlayer was optimized to use the AltiVec instructions, so I don't think there's a point into that. I'll go to the software route first.
 

DracheMitch

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Are there any hardware acceleration PC Cards available that I haven't heard of? All G4 PB came with a Radeon, and CorePlayer was optimized to use the AltiVec instructions, so I don't think there's a point into that. I'll go to the software route first.
I don't use Mac OS X on PowerPC machines: pointless. There's VERY little PPC-only Mac OS X software.

I have a Gigabit G4 Titanium on 9.2.2 and the DVD video stutters if I do anything else besides watch a video, as well as the fan going full-blast after playing videos for a while, so the Radeon isn't doing anything as far as I can tell.

The DVD-Video PC Card is what came with the G3 series PowerBooks to enable DVD playback using Zoomed Video.
 

valejacobo

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I don't use Mac OS X on PowerPC machines: pointless. There's VERY little PPC-only Mac OS X software.

I have a Gigabit G4 Titanium on 9.2.2 and the DVD video stutters if I do anything else besides watch a video, as well as the fan going full-blast after playing videos for a while, so the Radeon isn't doing anything as far as I can tell.

The DVD-Video PC Card is what came with the G3 series PowerBooks to enable DVD playback using Zoomed Video.
Well colour me surprised, I haven't seen that one before. If it works for G3s, I'll just assume it will do just fine on G4s, since even you can upgrade some G3 CPUs to the later. But as I said, the AltiVec is a PowerPC cpu instruction, so it works separatedly from the Radeons, wich only serve me for Warcraft and Sims. CorePlayer was a must back then and still is today for all PowerPC machines, because it was the only player who could play videos smoothly since it was developed specifically for the platform and optimized for it. I use it on my 1.5Ghz Aluminium G4 and it works flawlessly.
 

chelseayr

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I may be wrong but I somewhat recall that 'zoomed video' was only present in the lower slot of twin-pcmcia powerbooks so for a single-pcmcia one like the titaniums' it didn't even have the circuit for that

even then like valejacobo was saying I indeed don't see anything on the garden to refute that the G4 couldn't play dvds smoothly with just internal hardwares alone (interestingly enough one of the apple dvd player apps page also suggests that the late G3 imac had no problem too so I wonder if maybe drache's issue could be from the cpu being throttled by some kind of powerbook-specific energysaving extension)
 
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