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    vdpau not working in ubuntu 12.04

    Hi
    Anyone's been able to get vdpau working in ubuntu 12.04? Card is nvidia 9200M GT, driver version 302.17 from ubuntu addition drivers.
    Playing a 720p x.264 vid pushes cpu to 50%, in other linux distro's that i have installed earlier on this laptop would use 15% cpu playing the same vid.

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    Re: vdpau not working in ubuntu 12.04

    Bug report here. Maybe you should add an "affect me too" to it.

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/unity/+bug/993397

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    Re: vdpau not working in ubuntu 12.04

    Minimizing the smpalyer window while the video is playing brings cpu usage down to 5%. Bringing it to focus again and checking "top" shows Xorg and compiz each taking 20%, while mplayer still remaing at 5-6%. Looks like its GUI system thats the issue, not nvidia vdpau or mplayer.

    Will add to that bug report, thanks bobsan!

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    Re: vdpau not working in ubuntu 12.04

    Try a lighter desktop environment, for example Xubuntu with XFCE or Lubuntu with LXDE. If you have a broadband internet connection, I suggest that you download the iso files and try these Ubuntu versions live (booted from a CD or USB drive).

    I need Lubuntu to play high definition video (720p and 1080p). Windows XP will outperform vanilla Ubuntu on my 'middle-aged but once powerful computer'.

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    Re: vdpau not working in ubuntu 12.04

    I don't think this has anything to with your Desktop Environment.

    I also ran into this problem on every machine I have with NVIDIA graphics, including a Core 2 Quad desktop.

    The only solution I found was to add the xorg-edgers PPA, update and upgrade.

    The instructions are here:
    https://launchpad.net/~xorg-edgers/+archive/ppa

    @sudodus: Are you sure you know what vdpau is, and what it's for? (I'm not saying you don't.)

    If you are using vdpau with a compatible NVIDIA GPU, it should play 720p and 1080p videos just fine, even on fairly weak CPUs.
    Last edited by james_xxx; July 20th, 2012 at 08:06 AM.
    Desktop: Kubuntu 12.10 64-bit Core 2 Quad Q9300 @ 2.5GHz 4GB DDR2 Nvidia GT440
    Nettop: Kubuntu 12.04 64-bit Atom D525 @ 1.8GHz 4GB DDR2 Nvidia ION2
    Laptop: Kubuntu 12.04 32-bit Core Duo @ 1.6Ghz 2GB DDR2
    Netbook: Lubuntu 12.04 Dell Mini 9 2GB RAM

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    Re: vdpau not working in ubuntu 12.04

    Ok, installed gnome-shell. booted into it and played the same video. xorg uses 4%, mplayer uses 4% cpu and gnome-shell process uses 30%. This is very strange :-/

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    Re: vdpau not working in ubuntu 12.04

    james_xxx solution brought the cpu usage down considerably!

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    Re: vdpau not working in ubuntu 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by james_xxx View Post
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    @sudodus: Are you sure you know what vdpau is, and what it's for? (I'm not saying you don't.)
    ...
    Yes, I can use it myself with mplayer in Lubuntu 12.04 and nvidia GeForce GT 430, it makes the computer use the GPU instead of the CPU. But it does not always make the video play well, although it decreases the CPU load to very low values. Sometimes I get better results with ultra-light DE and using the CPU (that is not using VDPAU).

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    Re: vdpau not working in ubuntu 12.04

    sudodus,

    Yes, you do clearly understand!

    If things are working well for you, I would not want to tell you to do anything differently.

    However, after upgrading to 12.04, I was not able to get vdpau working well (if at all) on any machine, until installing the packages from xorg-edgers.

    After doing that, things began working really well again, even on my Intel Atom-based mini-top.
    Last edited by james_xxx; July 20th, 2012 at 09:41 AM.
    Desktop: Kubuntu 12.10 64-bit Core 2 Quad Q9300 @ 2.5GHz 4GB DDR2 Nvidia GT440
    Nettop: Kubuntu 12.04 64-bit Atom D525 @ 1.8GHz 4GB DDR2 Nvidia ION2
    Laptop: Kubuntu 12.04 32-bit Core Duo @ 1.6Ghz 2GB DDR2
    Netbook: Lubuntu 12.04 Dell Mini 9 2GB RAM

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    Re: vdpau not working in ubuntu 12.04

    I see your point. When I get time for it, I'll try installing the packages from xorg-edgers and test if VDPAU will work better

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