I don't blame you at all for staying with Linux. I really would like to get a PC in the future and install Linux on it and see how it goes. I have had more than enough dealling with Microsoft and the Windows environment. I am happy to say that besides the dreaded Windoz, I use very, very few Microsoft products, codecs, etc.
I also am a AMD person. I have used AMD chips for years and can never understand why people pay more for chips the cost more, get hotter, are slower and take more to maintain. I am running a AMD XP 2800 Barton chip. I would very much like to go to a AMD 64, but I would need a new motherboard, which I am shopping for. Unfortunately, I am running a ATI AIW 9600 XT graphics card, which works great for me, but so few of the newer motherboards that use AMD64 and have newer features have a AGP port anymore. The cost of another graphics card is pretty high these days and it is something that I do not desire. I am not a gamer.
The point of my long set of instructions was simply to let you know what works consistantly for me, for playing MPEG4 or specificically Divx encoded videos on my LiteOn LVD 2001. I am impressed that it plays at all. One of the problems getting something like the LVd 2001, which was a early innovator, is that they tend to get obsolete quickly. Lite-on stopped with more firmware for it quite a while ago. But, I have received more than my monies worth with it.
I also have a Philips 642 in my family room for stand alone compressed video.
That unit really lowered the price for a workable stand alone DVD player that supports MPEG4 stand alone playing. I think I paid $44 for it initially at target.
I think your change should work fine. I have found that the use of MP3 CBR mode for stand alone compressed video has done more to increase my success rate than anything else. After a while, reliability becomes the most important item in encoding decisions.
With Divx 5, I used to select the fourcc.
I also used to use more tools in the past. Divx has greatly improved the encoding speed, options and quality considerably when it got to 6.1. I am encoding as I am writing this, using virtualdub to call Divx 6.2.1. There was a patch release just today for 6.2.1. The Divxlabs people reacted within 24 hours when some of the people found a bug that made encoding slower in some situations. The patch has cleared that up.
The quality is so much better than before and the encoding is faster.
The two pass does make a difference, although I am not advising you to do it. Since I learned about loading the passes in a job using vdub, I don't have to hang around waiting for one pass to complete. The first pass also is much shorter since I tell Vdub to do video only and use the faster "Balanced" mode. It just is making a file to see where the encoding might need more or less care. Then in the second pass, I tell Divx to increase the quality and add the audio. I have not had the issues that I used to have with synching the video as in the past , since doing the conservative 1. Create .WAV file, then Compress the WaV to MP3 CBR.
I have a 2.1 amplified stereo set from Cambridge Stereo connected to my TV anyway. I am not a gamer and still bery much like 2.1 audio. It must be my age. But the Cambridge stuff does a really fine job of handling playing 5.1 output.
I am looking to get another stand alone unit that would allow me to take advantage of some more features in video and audio. Like menus, etc.
Thanks mi amigo for sharing your knowledge with me.
I also am starting to have some fun with playing some video on my Palm PDA (Tungsten T3). There is an excellent open source player that, so far, plays all the Divx files I have tried and played them well. It also plays me OGG audio music very well on my PDA. I have a 2gb SD card on it. I can tell you that a Ipuss, is NOT in my future.