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Im using ubuntu 12.10 and im using the opensource driver which came reloaded with the distro tried to install the proper driver but I failed, so now im using the opensource driver and its okay, but the only problem is I want to use vdpau coz it accelerate the videos on youtube and smplayer and play it with less cpu usage.

my question is: is there a way to enable vdpau with the opensource driver or do I have to use the proper driver from nvidia ?

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Related bug

Bug #1002224 “Please include gallium vdpau and xvmc driver suppo...” : Bugs : “mesa” package : Ubuntu
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/mesa/+bug/1002224

As far as I can see we'll have to wait for Debian to fix it.

And there's an unofficial PPA software source you can check out

Updated and Optimized Open Graphics Drivers : Oibaf
https://launchpad.net/~oibaf/+archive/graphics-drivers/

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See http://nouveau.freedesktop.org/wiki/VideoAcceleration/. Depending on your graphics card, it may or may not be supported.

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Hi and welcome to Ask Ubuntu! While this might answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  edwin Jul 31 '13 at 6:24
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No, there is no way to enable it.

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