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I am using a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 with GMA500 video drivers. GMA500 fixes resolution issues and enables video acceleration. The only problem with the GMA500 drivers I am having is that I can not find a fix for the webcam program called cheese, and I can't find a way to enable the vaapi (Video Acceleration API) backend. Videos don't work with the GMA500 (without vaapi) and I cannot properly use cheese.

If anyone can help me out with this I will be grateful because Google isn't helping me much with this problem.

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it didnt work with cheese after it worked when i tested it What else can i do to make cheese work – user10121 Feb 2 '11 at 22:17
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The GMA 500 'Poulsbo' has had a history of difficulties. However I found a guide on the Ubuntu Forums that describes itself as the Guide to Get the Best Performace from the GMA 500. The forum thread has over 2.5k posts.

Whilst I'm not sure if this will get Cheese working, this seems to me the best thing to try.

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I don't have an answer, but maybe testing with gstreamer-properties will lead you somewhere. Cheese just uses gstreamer, so if you can get it working in gstreamer-properties then it will work in cheese.

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