Since YAST had taken me nowhere, I decided to do it the traditional way. Here is what I did :
1. As per the recommendations here http://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/L...DME/index.html
, I booted out of X and installed the latest X86-64 driver.
2. Wiped out my mplayer binaries and reconfigured/reinstalled using..
make; make install
3. Rebooted back into X & ran mplayer (as root)..
./mplayer -vo xvmc -vc ffmpeg12mc MPEG-2-HD-Clip
You guys were right, it needs that special codec
Now, I do see a bunch of xvmc messages & one of them being "xvmc accelerated MPEG-2".
But, the funny thing is "top" still shows a max CPU util of ~60% (basically no change in CPU usage at all)!! I think I'm still missing something.
Should I run /usr/bin/tiny-nvidia-installer?