I have an AMD K-6 II 450MHz

September 28, 2010 at 22:16:03
Specs: Windows XP, AMD K-6 II 450MHz/512 MB SDRAM
I have an AMD K-6 II 450MHz Installed on SiS 530/620 Motherboard/Graphics (Inbuilt) with 512 MB of RAM. The latest softwares Like VLC 1.0, Freerecorder 4.0 etc does not play and throws exceptions. Is there a comaptability problem. Are latest softwares made for current platforms and not for older? Please Help.

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September 28, 2010 at 23:01:38
You'd have to check the system requirements for the software you're trying to install but it looks like the stuff you mentioned ought to run OK.

Yoiu may want to upgrade to SP3 if you haven't already and cram as much ram as is possible on that motherboard. 512 ram is OK for a minimal XP install but if you're going to run a bunch of junk on it you should have more than that. But do you know if that old motherboard will take more ram?

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September 28, 2010 at 23:25:00
What kind of video file are you trying to play (h.264, xvid, mpeg2....)?

It's possible that VLC requires a CPU with SSE (P3/Athlon). The K6-2 never was a great multimedia CPU, so if you get it to work, you'll have to stick with low-res video files.

Try using WMP+seperate codecs. My old 333MHz P2 (no SSE) can play Xvid (avi) and MPEG4 (mp4/mov) files using the Xvid and CoreAVC codecs, Haali Media Splitter, and WMP11. I've never tried VLC on it.

It's also possible that the SiS 530 crapset is causing the error. The Socket 7 SiS IGPs are extremely limited and slow. If this is your only computer (ouch!), head over to eBay and buy a PCI Radeon 7000. It will greatly boost video and system performance. Those old SiS Socket 7 chipsets cut memory bandwidth in half when the integrated video is used. This really hurts performance on K6-2 systems because the memory and external L2 cache share the same bus. Installing a PCI video card will return that much-needed bus bandwidth to the CPU.

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September 29, 2010 at 04:09:14

Thanks for your reply
Yes, I am going to buy a stick of 256Mb SDRAM as here in my city only 256 MB Max is available (and perhaps it is the max available in SDRAM). Hey tell me more about XP SP3, as far as I know the SP3 only includes only display, themes language supports. Will it help me.

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September 29, 2010 at 04:16:29

Nice ID,

I was trying to play .flv and .mp4 files. I dont like WMP as it is very slow and glumsy.I have already used VLC and Media player classic before and I think they worked well with vcd files. Now a days I am using Freerecorder 4 in Firefox to record online media files at my office and tried to play it home. And yes one thing, I have installed Visual Studio 2005 on my system. Is it conflicting as sometimes a VLC stops and Visual studio's debugger pops up. Please explain.

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September 29, 2010 at 06:20:30
The PC is 10 years past its prime, the overhead from just running XP is using the resources and probably 512MB Memory is the maximum you can install.

Either go back to an MS-DOS based O/S or try a light Linux like Puppy..

Alternatively get a newer PC...............................

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September 29, 2010 at 16:32:34
Make sure the motherboard can handle another 256 stick. Maybe the slots are already full.

If it is a problem with the cpu, as jackbomb suggests, you could upgrade it to a K6-III 450 if you can find one. That might make a difference. If not, then as already mentioned, you should be looking for a newer PC.

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