Solved DVD playing on old computer possible?

Acer / Aspire x3810
January 2, 2014 at 06:05:24
Specs: Windows 95, 486 DX2 100 Mhz / 8 MB
Hi. I am woundering if I can make my old 486 100 Mhz computer to play normal DVD discs. I have tried to install Power DVD, and the program itself worked. Though when i tried to play the DVD it said that it requried a MMX CPU (im not sure if it was named that).

Will a 486 DX2 100 Mhz be able to play dvds?

Full computer specs:
486 DX2 100 Mhz
8 MB RAM
4 GB Harddrive Diskspace (2 GB per hard drive)
Sound Card
DVD burner
Floppy drive


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January 2, 2014 at 18:09:21
The best video you'll get out of that system is MPEG1/VCD (roughly 352x240), and that's only if you install an ISA MPEG-1 decoder card. A few high end MPEG boards also supported M-JPEG playback, which would be of higher quality than MPEG-1.

640x480 video playback using nothing but the CPU may be possible if it's uncompressed, but you'd probably need to encode the video at 15fps (or lower) and with 8-bit color.

I doubt that your 486 would play DVDs smoothly, even with an MPEG-2 card. 486-era IDE controllers did not support UDMA transfer modes. The CPU would be pushed to the limit just moving data from the DVD drive to the decoder.

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#1
January 2, 2014 at 06:58:52
I doubt whether it will work even with older versions of PowerDVD as the minimum specs are higher than a 486 CPU and definitely more than 8Mb RAM. The MMX referred to is an instruction set that only appeared with Pentium processors.

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#2
January 2, 2014 at 07:54:05
I just want to try and see if the computer can handle any video that are at the resolution 640 x 480. What is the most uncompress video format? The less compression used, less cpu power is requred right?

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#3
January 2, 2014 at 08:27:22
Apparently playing DVDs is possible with a 486 but probably not without significant upgrades. Without hardware support this is a heavy burden for a 486.

See this article for more information:
http://chrisrwithers.tripod.com/thex86userssupportsite/id15.html


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#4
January 2, 2014 at 10:25:52
I've checked out the link. I have the DVD (IDE) connected to my sound card that has a ISA connection to the motherboard.

However, I cant upgrade this computer and i don't care if I can count the frames. I just wanna see how good it will play. I will not watch the DVD on that computer. The computer is just for experimnenting.

My goal is to figure out when the limit is hit, when the computer runs too heavy programs that it can't handle or if the operating system is getting too old.

So far I've manage to do this:
Rip music to the computer from CD:s
Play MP3 music
Burn CD / DVD -R -RW
Play a MPEG video file (3gp quality)

I want to see if this works:
Connect it to the internet
Play DVD dics or any type of video entertainment
etc.

So my question is: Can I play the DVD without the upgrades? (This is a experiment to see if I can make the DVD "play" on 8 MB RAM.) What software do I need then etc.


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#5
January 2, 2014 at 10:36:29
I did a Google search for DVD players for Windows 95 and got quite a few hits. I suggest you try some of these yourself to see what works.

Not to be rude but in the time you've taken to ask others to do your research, you could have experimented yourself and found the real answer. Do your own homework.

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#6
January 2, 2014 at 11:15:58
I tried, but I've found nothing so far,

I've found some software, though none of them is working correctly. I just wanted to see if it is possible and if you could help me get quicker to the solution. As always I research first and then ask.


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#7
January 2, 2014 at 18:09:21
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The best video you'll get out of that system is MPEG1/VCD (roughly 352x240), and that's only if you install an ISA MPEG-1 decoder card. A few high end MPEG boards also supported M-JPEG playback, which would be of higher quality than MPEG-1.

640x480 video playback using nothing but the CPU may be possible if it's uncompressed, but you'd probably need to encode the video at 15fps (or lower) and with 8-bit color.

I doubt that your 486 would play DVDs smoothly, even with an MPEG-2 card. 486-era IDE controllers did not support UDMA transfer modes. The CPU would be pushed to the limit just moving data from the DVD drive to the decoder.

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