[CentOS] CPU usage

John Newbigin jnewbigin at ict.swin.edu.au
Mon Sep 11 01:23:04 UTC 2006

DVD Sounds to me like DMA.  Which xine are you using?  Have you run 
xine-check?  Are you using SATA?


c5050 wrote:

> Does anyone have an idea why cpu usage varies constantly, from as low as
> 4.X % to as high as 20+%? All that I have open at the time of running
> "top" is the gnome-terminal. The reason why I'm hunting this, is that I
> just can't seem to play DVD's (using Xine) without choppy playback
> (sound is fine). I know my laptop is aching - running CentOS 4.4 with a
> Celeron 800 and 256MB RAM (DMA's turned on), but still - I think it
> should be able to play DVD's, or not? I have the feeling that the more I
> can tweak CPU usage, the better my chance of success will be. Any advice
> would be appreciated.
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John Newbigin
Computer Systems Officer
Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies
Swinburne University of Technology
Melbourne, Australia

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