When playing standard definition AVI files in VLC (and other media players) on my old Thinkpad T42 in Ubuntu 11.10, the playback is terrible: it's kinda slow and choppy - borderline unwatchable. Playing video in youtube is pretty much perfect. Can anyone help? Kind regards - Mike
This could be to do with the X.org server working in EXA mode, as opposed to the older XAA mode, and compositing being enabled (by metacity probably). On my laptop, EXA mode (which is intended to make compositing better), causes video performance to suffer if compositing is on and videos to tear whether it is on or off. Under XAA, my videos playback smoothly without tearing and I don't have performance issues under compositing.
1) you can change the mode back to XAA (temporarily) by disabling Kernel Mode Setting (KMS) for the radeon module. Reboot, and press 'e' at the OS list in Grub. At the end of the 'LINUX=...' line add the string
2) you can also check metacity compositing is disabled (though if the above works, you don't need to). run
If none of the above works, it may be a problem with video acceleration under 11.10. Try disabling video acceration (overlay) in the VLC video preferences. Or do what I did and switch to Xubuntu.
I was also suffering from very jerky video playback on my Thinkpad T42, particularly at full-screen.
Rather than disabling KMS completely, you can switch from EXA to XAA by adding the following to the Devices section of your
This completely solved the issue for my T42 running Ubuntu 12.04.
Disabling KMS can also be done via
this fixed video playback on my t42 nicely, and is a little easier (IMO) than modifying grub boot params