November 21, 2008 at 7:25 pm #159439
Hi, I just purchased one today after going through hours of reviews, I hope it is worth it…
Anyhow my main reason for the purchase is to use it for internet whilst away for a month in Australia, but on the plane I wish to watch movies if possible using VLC player…
Now on some other forums regarding netbooks, it is possible to somehow run VLC player or watch movies without booting into XP, therefore conserving battery life even more…
Does anyone know if this possible?
if not what do you think I will get battery life wise on playing movies… 5 hours?November 21, 2008 at 7:27 pm #170183ji0005Member
Ill be very interested to see what you find. I have ordered mine for pretty much the same reason, long flights. My portable DVD was getting around 5.5 hours of battery so I figure this should hopefully match it if not do better.November 21, 2008 at 7:31 pm #170187
yeah, also on reading divx movies demand a lot less power due to non use of hardware such as laser on dvd etc.
It would be good to get 6 hours of movies, that will give you 3 of your own choice. I got an 11.5 hour coming up real soon and panic bought rather than be stuck on a seat with no player!, but I am happy that this is going to be the best netbook, most reviews rate it over the asus 1000H which was the only contender.
Also been looking at seatguru.com and seating and power supplies, some have empower some have ac power some have none! also charging iphone or mobile from it too is handy!November 21, 2008 at 8:16 pm #170184ji0005Member
seatguru.com is a GREAT site!November 23, 2008 at 2:02 pm #170180donkaMember
I think you would hit a minimum of 5 hours and if the lights are dimmed on the flight, you could probably run at the lower backlight setting which would get you more. If you run the movies from an SD or SDHC card, you may get even more battery life if the HD is sitting idle. I would also force the power saving mode to max battery life so the cpu is running at 800Mhz as it may work fine for movie playback and save some ore battery life – it is struggles (which I doubt) you can then run flick it back into normal mode!November 23, 2008 at 3:24 pm #170188
Thanks thats a good reply, you are right I am sure running from sd card is gonna use drive less, although windows XP will still be running in background… on this other site there was some way of running divx’s straight from boot without operating system, but can’t find it again :O(
So power saving mode will knock it back to 800mhz, thats cool too.
ps. does it play movies well anyhow? I haven’t got mine yet its in the post!November 23, 2008 at 5:50 pm #170189RDWMember
I don’t know if this is what you’re thinking of, but some notebooks/netbooks (though not the NC10) now come with a minimal Linux distribution on an internal chip, which boots very fast and can run a handful of applications (like web browsers, and potentially media players) with very little overhead and nearly instant access:
You can choose whether you want to load your main OS (e.g. XP, or a full Linux distribution) or just the mini OS when you switch the machine on. But I don’t know if the mini OS would really save power in this situation (the media player itself would probably account for most of your power consumption).November 24, 2008 at 9:34 am #170181donkaMember
The NC10 plays movies perfectly – XVIDs through VLC player in my case. Haven’t tested it with power saving mode yet – I’ll do this tonight if I get back from poker in time… 😉November 26, 2008 at 12:50 pm #170182humpsMember
Not entirely perfectly. It doesn’t have enough power to play back 720p mkv files (I haven’t tried the commercial mpeg4 codec which is rumoured to work well with MPC on netbooks). But normal divx/xvid at around 640 is fine through VLC. The NC10 size is perfect for the tight economy seats and it has widescreen which the airlines still haven’t. But I had 2x13hr flights with Virgin which has movie on demand, I didn’t need the NC10 at all, except the NC10 has way better LCD than the rubbish one behind the seat backs.November 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm #170185hefMember
seriously, cccp matroska will play 720p hd on these.
if you can do 1080p on an 800 mhz p3 with 256 ram you can do atleast 720p on one of these.
i refuse to believe it won’t till i see it.November 26, 2008 at 4:39 pm #170178RsaeireMember
I’ve streamed 720p mkv files over 801.11g at home on my NC10 using CoreAVC and MPC HC with a slight stutter. As a result, I would no doubt believe that once the content was on the NC10â€™s hard drive, it would play no problem at all.
I’ll test it out when I get home from work and post the results along with the average CPU usage during playback.November 26, 2008 at 5:20 pm #170186hefMember
yeah if it were streamed over wireless g i would expect stutter.
let us know how it goes when you test…
post a video if you can 😀November 26, 2008 at 11:40 pm #170179RsaeireMemberNovember 27, 2008 at 3:10 am #170190rtripMember
I wasn’t able to get mkv files to run at 720p through cccp. The video would lag the audio. VLC couldn’t even get that far. I had to use CoreAVC for 720p mkv files, it works fine.
I just disabled h264 playback with ffdshow so cccp is able to cover all other codecs. Instructions on how to do it are in this thread:November 28, 2008 at 9:38 am #170191Munchy102Member
I was having trouble playing back H264 720P, basically blocky picture or the sound going out of sync. HAve sorted it by.
1. Installing the COREAVC H264 codec
2. Installing Zoom player
3. In options tell the player to use the COREAVC codec instead of the FFDshow codec.
This works an absolute dream now, perfect picture and sound, even on the battery.
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