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  • #46
    To anyone with an E-350: we have uncovered the secret of undervolting, with good results. This processor has a lot of voltage headroom and you can reduce power consumption and temperatures by a few degrees both at idle and under load.

    This post details how to undervolt your E-350 by modifying pstate vids (safe) and this post explains how to enable coolsense for HP dm1z netbooks under linux:

    http://aceracpi.googlecode.com/svn/trun ... acer_ec.pl
    sudo ./acer_ec.pl := 0x5A 2
    sudo ./acer_ec.pl := 0x5B 2

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    • #47
      Stinking edit limit

      The correct link for acer_ec.pl is http://aceracpi.googlecode.com/svn/t..._ec/acer_ec.pl

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      • #48
        Originally posted by Kano View Post
        Nope that does not help for Debian 6.0 aka squeeze. I wrote a test script that did not create symlinks but changed the package to match the new xvba-va-driver package (but would work with any xvba-video update package too). The libva 1.0.1 in squeeze seems to be too old. No correct vainfo output at least.

        Instead of installing xvba-video manually you can just install in in Debian testing/sid:

        apt-get install xvba-va-driver

        Ubuntu natty has 0.7.7 instead of 0.7.8, maybe file a bug. You can fetch of course the debian package for it:

        http://packages.debian.org/sid/xvba-va-driver

        Best get of the old xvba-video package if you installed it already:

        dpkg --purge xvba-video

        it does nothing anyway when you don't use libva from

        http://www.splitted-desktop.com/~gbeauchesne/libva/

        which uses a completely different packageing. It is really sad that those packages are not compatible. Also why does it need to be in non-free? It would be more logical when it would be in the normal repository just like vdpau-va-driver as the xvba sdk is available - so source could be released too...

        Hi Kano - I recently built an htpc with amd fusion / e-350. I installed ubuntu natty amd64, and built my own xbmc with vaapi support

        I manually installed from splitted desktop:

        xvba-video_0.7.8-1_amd64.deb
        libva_0.32.0-1+sds2.tar.gz

        and the latest catalyst 11.5 from ubuntu's x-updates ppa.

        Whenever I try to play any h264 content in xbmc with "vaapi accelaration" enabled in it, it will crash X. If I disable, xbmc can play any content with no problem (a no acceleration...)


        You seem to have gotten vaapi to fully work on linux. Did you do this in natty/amd64? any caveat like a missing link or something else?

        What do you mean when you say that the packaging is broken - can that be affecting the install I have?

        Thanks

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        • #49
          Originally posted by ariel View Post
          Hi Kano - I recently built an htpc with amd fusion / e-350. I installed ubuntu natty amd64, and built my own xbmc with vaapi support

          I manually installed from splitted desktop:

          xvba-video_0.7.8-1_amd64.deb
          libva_0.32.0-1+sds2.tar.gz

          and the latest catalyst 11.5 from ubuntu's x-updates ppa.

          Whenever I try to play any h264 content in xbmc with "vaapi accelaration" enabled in it, it will crash X. If I disable, xbmc can play any content with no problem (a no acceleration...)


          You seem to have gotten vaapi to fully work on linux. Did you do this in natty/amd64? any caveat like a missing link or something else?

          What do you mean when you say that the packaging is broken - can that be affecting the install I have?

          Thanks

          I tried Catalyst 11.3 + CatlystHacks libva + xvba from splitted desktop following this link:

          http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubu...talyst.2Ffglrx

          I haven't got a chance to try it on Natty yet. I hope the same solution works for Natty.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by jaszhou View Post
            I tried Catalyst 11.3 + CatlystHacks libva + xvba from splitted desktop following this link:

            http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubu...talyst.2Ffglrx

            I haven't got a chance to try it on Natty yet. I hope the same solution works for Natty.
            Thanks for the quick reply. It seems that on natty there is a packaging problem/conflict between splitted desktop (and also catalyhacks' ppa) version of libva and xbmc.
            It is described in this post:
            http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...8&postcount=20

            Still trying to figure out how to solve this conflict without having xbmc removed...

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            • #51
              Originally posted by ariel View Post
              Thanks for the quick reply. It seems that on natty there is a packaging problem/conflict between splitted desktop (and also catalyhacks' ppa) version of libva and xbmc.
              It is described in this post:
              http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...8&postcount=20

              Still trying to figure out how to solve this conflict without having xbmc removed...
              You are right! There're some package conflicts between those PPAs. I'm lost at which version I should use. My current version of xbmc gives core dump when playback any video content. I used this PPA:

              https://launchpad.net/~lars-opdenkamp/+archive/xbmc-pvr

              Catalyst 11.5
              xvba-video_0.7.8-1_amd64.deb
              libva1_0.32.0-1+sds2_amd64.deb
              ubuntu 11.04

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              • #52
                I got everything working.

                I used the original xbmc from the ppa 10.1 version. I applied the vaapi surface patch and rebuild as an ubuntu package. Also I fetched the libva stuff from splitted desktop and rebuilt it as a 1.0.9 version in order to succeed the installed natty libva version.
                There still is a packaging problem, because these packages overwrite some stuff of libva-x11 and vainfo.

                Just install libva-x11 and vainfo from natty and force the installation of libva from splitted desktop - not a very nice solution, but I did not have time for splitting packages.

                To complete my setup I use fglrx 11.5 patched to work with kernel 2.6.39 and a 2.6.39 kernel. With natty stock kernel I got strange dmesg errors concerning the IRQ - which could not be fixed by using irqpoll.

                Things not 100% correctly working are:
                - Exit of xbmc, whenever I want to exit xbmc the program crashes and gdm has to be restarted
                - Switching between VC-1 movies and H264 movies randomly, pressing stop here play there and so on can crash xvba fglrx (Could not decode surface, returned 2), fixed only by a reboot


                Is there a patch for the xbmc-exit problem? I could integrate this.


                Just thinking where to put these packages in order to get them easily installed, if anyone has webspace with no traffic limit, please contact me.

                Ah and to make it clear:
                I am not a maintainer of anything, just a user who wanted to use xbmc with vaapi, i cannot give support.
                Last edited by fritsch; 06-07-2011, 02:21 AM.

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                • #53
                  It's working now!

                  Originally posted by fritsch View Post
                  I got everything working.

                  I used the original xbmc from the ppa 10.1 version. I applied the vaapi surface patch and rebuild as an ubuntu package. Also I fetched the libva stuff from splitted desktop and rebuilt it as a 1.0.9 version in order to succeed the installed natty libva version.
                  There still is a packaging problem, because these packages overwrite some stuff of libva-x11 and vainfo.

                  Just install libva-x11 and vainfo from natty and force the installation of libva from splitted desktop - not a very nice solution, but I did not have time for splitting packages.



                  To complete my setup I use fglrx 11.5 patched to work with kernel 2.6.39 and a 2.6.39 kernel. With natty stock kernel I got strange dmesg errors concerning the IRQ - which could not be fixed by using irqpoll.

                  Things not 100% correctly working are:
                  - Exit of xbmc, whenever I want to exit xbmc the program crashes and gdm has to be restarted
                  - Switching between VC-1 movies and H264 movies randomly, pressing stop here play there and so on can crash xvba fglrx (Could not decode surface, returned 2), fixed only by a reboot


                  Is there a patch for the xbmc-exit problem? I could integrate this.


                  Just thinking where to put these packages in order to get them easily installed, if anyone has webspace with no traffic limit, please contact me.

                  Ah and to make it clear:
                  I am not a maintainer of anything, just a user who wanted to use xbmc with vaapi, i cannot give support.

                  I rollback the system and now it's working with this combination:

                  xbmc 10.1 from PPA:

                  https://launchpad.net/~lars-opdenkamp/+archive/xbmc-pvr

                  Catalyst 11.3
                  xvba-video_0.7.8-1_amd64.deb
                  libva1_0.32.0-1+sds2_amd64.deb
                  ubuntu 11.04

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                  • #54
                    Any news about this? Is kernel 3.* supported? Is there a distro where everything (or almost) works out of the box?

                    I'm considering buying a E35M1 Deluxe for a HTPC/NAS build.

                    Thank you

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                    • #55
                      Pop in an Nvidia GT430 and be done with it

                      Well, I went through the trouble of testing out the vaapi/fglrx/e-350 route just so I knew whether it was worthwhile or not.
                      Since I build all my own packages I was able to get it working about as good as possible on Linux. None of the problems a lot of people here are having. But the bottom line is that even with vaapi/fglrx working as best they can, it still didn't turn out acceptable results for decoding blu-ray rips. I'm talking about 25-30 gig files. Lots of weird artifacting, just not good enough. Pretty much like it couldn't handle the bandwidth required.

                      I then popped in a GT-430 and it works as well as my Big Dog (an X6 with a GTX560ti) for decoding blu-ray.

                      So I would suggest if you're serious about using an E-350 for video duties, get a GT-430. You can thank me later. An E-350 with a GT-430 can maintain the max FPS setting in AlienArena @1920x1080.

                      BTW, the GT-430 adds 5watts to my idle power draw, big whoop.

                      Of course I'll be happy to pull the GT-430's out of my systems, if and when the open source drivers can handle accelerated video decoding properly. I'm not holding my breath, but I am crossing my fingers.

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                      • #56
                        A G210 would be enough.
                        I bought a crystalhd card in a minipcie pcie adapter. This works fine with xbmc.

                        Without saying too much: native xvba support for xbmc is on its way :-)

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                        • #57
                          Really? Get an Nvidia card on a AMD system?

                          I wouldn't mind buying a passive G210 though. Is it really enough to handle XBMC and BluRay rips?

                          Which one should I choose?
                          Asus GeForce PCI-E GT520 Silent 1Gb DDR3 LP
                          or
                          Asus GeForce PCI-E N210 Silent 1Gb DDR3 LP

                          (I need it to be a passive solution)
                          Last edited by skit; 10-24-2011, 04:14 AM.

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                          • #58
                            Yes it is enough: 1080p no Problem, 1080i could be a problem, cause interlacing is done on the cpu i think, so a zacate could be slow.

                            If you can wait, I think in approx 2 month native xvba (amd uvd stuff) is supported at least for x264 and vc1 in xbmc, if and only if nothing comes in between.

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                            • #59
                              Thank you.
                              I ordered the Asus GeForce PCI-E N210 Silent 1Gb DDR3 LP for now.
                              I have an Atom desktop which could use it later on if the supports for XBMC/Hardware acceleration does appear for Zacate.

                              But isn't the GT520 a better GPU? Probably higher power consumption but ...

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                              • #60
                                You asked, if a g210 can play 1080p bluray rips.
                                I responded with: Yes it can, cause i have one here.

                                The G520 can also do this. The power consumption is comparable, sometimes even lower.

                                Found only a german site for this:
                                http://ht4u.net/reviews/2011/zotac_g...st/index12.php

                                In deed after looking more at the details, i would get a gt520, cause even advanced filtering stuff should be possible cause of more shaders.

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