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September 26, 2012 4:08:46 PM

Hello everyone, i need some tips with my PC and GPU video playback. I have an older Athlon II x2 250 3Ghz in an Asus M5A78L-M LXV2 AM3+ MoBo with 1 Gb DDR3, and the GPU is embeded in the MoBo ( AMD HD3000 series).

My doubt is about Linux and GPU video playback, i want to install Xubuntu 10.04 in this PC and i want to know what program should i use for GPU playback. Is enough with offcial AMD drivers and the default video player or should i install another player?

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September 26, 2012 4:52:20 PM

Hi first, i suggest you use xubuntu 12.04 instead of 10.04... you will encounter less issues.

in addition to the amd proprietary driver, you need to also get
  1. sudo apt-get install xvba-va-driver libva-glx1 vainfo


Run 'vainfo' to see what your gpu supports decoding.

I do not know if mplayer or vlc come precompiled with xvba/vaapi support for amd cards, but you can always compile them your self if they don't. maybe someone else knows.
September 30, 2012 3:09:40 PM

skittle said:
Hi first, i suggest you use xubuntu 12.04 instead of 10.04... you will encounter less issues.

in addition to the amd proprietary driver, you need to also get
  1. sudo apt-get install xvba-va-driver libva-glx1 vainfo


Run 'vainfo' to see what your gpu supports decoding.

I do not know if mplayer or vlc come precompiled with xvba/vaapi support for amd cards, but you can always compile them your self if they don't. maybe someone else knows.


VA-API/XVBA is supported in Mplayer and VLC.
October 1, 2012 2:05:03 AM

Of course it is supported, but it needs to be enabled as a compile time option. I do not know if the maintainers of these packages enable these options.
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