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Thread: Linux HD playback with Broadcom BCM70015

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    Default Linux HD playback with Broadcom BCM70015

    Hello Folks

    Are there any Xorg drivers for media playback with this new card on the horizon?

    http://www.linuxfordevices.com/c/a/N...dcom-BCM70015/

    Per the article below, the mini-pi-e card is quite popular on ebay to boost the flagging HD-libido for atom powered netbooks. But thats with Windows platform.

    And then what about this one with Xorg? http://www.broadcom.com/products/Con...tions/BCM70012

    This card opens the possibility of having a fanless atom HTPC that can do HD video.

    It looks like one nettop linux distro supports it already. But I dont see any source .. http://www.jolicloud.com/product

    TIA
    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragool View Post
    Are there any Xorg drivers for media playback with this new card on the horizon?
    The 70012 has working drivers for Linux. 70015 will probably come next. Source code may also be on the horizon. That solution is not perfect though, it requires decoded frames to be pulled back from the decoder and pushed into the GPU. A decode+display solution as available in AMD, Intel, NVIDIA chips is a better approach.

    There is support for Broadcom chips in XBMC, though with older driver and firmware, from a user point-of-view. Developers have unreleased code.

    If you plan a netbook or nettop purchase, prefer one with a decode+display solution like Intel US15W or NVIDIA ION.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbeauche View Post
    The 70012 has working drivers for Linux. 70015 will probably come next. Source code may also be on the horizon. That solution is not perfect though, it requires decoded frames to be pulled back from the decoder and pushed into the GPU. A decode+display solution as available in AMD, Intel, NVIDIA chips is a better approach.

    There is support for Broadcom chips in XBMC, though with older driver and firmware, from a user point-of-view. Developers have unreleased code.

    If you plan a netbook or nettop purchase, prefer one with a decode+display solution like Intel US15W or NVIDIA ION.
    Thanks. So I guess I should wait for the GMA500 or ION systems for the sake of future compatibility.

    Regards

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    http://www.broadcom.com/support/crystal_hd/

    drivers for 2.6.11 and above have been available from broadcom it seems for quite some time

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkcl View Post
    http://www.broadcom.com/support/crystal_hd/

    drivers for 2.6.11 and above have been available from broadcom it seems for quite some time
    Newb.... did you bother reading the date that this thread was last updated? 2009. A lot has changed since then.... obviously.

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    Default please be polite

    droidhacker, can i please rewrite what you've said? let's assume that you've written this below, instead of what you did, ok?

    "hi lkcl, thank you for joining this forum recently, and thank you for your contribution. i just wanted to point out that this thread was last discussed in 2009, which is quite some time ago - were you aware of that? also, that kernel source code is 2.6.11 which is pretty old, and a lot has happened since then, as you can see from the following link: {insert reference to more up-to-date stuff}"

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    lkcl replied to droidhacker's rewritten comments as follows:

    > hi lkcl, thank you for joining this forum recently,
    > and thank you for your contribution.

    no problem. thanks for the welcome.

    > i just wanted to point out that this thread was last discussed in
    > 2009, which is quite some time ago - were you aware of that?

    yes i was, but i figured that, even if it was abandoned, that
    due to the way that internet searches work, and archives being
    "forever", even "old" discussions end up being picked up with
    certain keyword searches, so i thought i would see if there was
    anything out there that actually answered the person's
    question. it turns out that yes, there is, and given that
    nobody else had noticed those crystal_hd drivers from broadcom,
    i thought i'd mention them, for the archive's sake if nothing
    else.


    > also, that kernel source code is 2.6.11 which is pretty old,

    yeahh, i know, but i'm a highly experienced linux kernel
    developer and have been in free software for over 15 years.
    so i apologise, i forget sometimes that other people might
    not necessarily have the level of experience required to
    bring older linux kernel code up-to-date.

    > and a lot has happened since then, as you can see from the
    > following link: {insert reference to more up-to-date stuff}"

    excellent, thank you, that's really appreciated. i'll review
    it carefully and will join in the (more up-to-date) discussions
    if there's something that i can contribute, from my much varied
    and highly specialised experience of dealing with Linux and
    Free Software of the past 15 years on something close to 100
    forums and mailing lists across the world.

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    Default link appreciated

    so - would you be kind enough, droidhacker, to take the time to provide a link to discussions that you're hinting at that exist, instead of using the opportunity to "bash newbies"?

    that having been said, i'm well aware of the deep joy of dealing with newbie arrivals (esp without announcement - one of the quirks of asperger's) - it can "jar" quite badly with expectations.

    but surely you do _some_ kind of checking of who's joining? a quick google search on "lkcl" shows 19,000 hits, and "droidhacker" 21,000 - surely that gives you _some_ clue that i'm not some whining eemo hacker-wannabe??

    but anyway - let's start again, ok?

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    But its no fun to be nice
    (and if you read those 21000 hits, you might see that messing with newbs is one of my favorite time wasters....)

    To answer your question... how about this link from phoronix front page: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...item&px=ODk2Ng ??

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