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For Intel VGA, and x64 I have solved it with sudo apt-get install i965-va-driver sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install libvdpau-va-gl1 cd /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/vdpau/ sudo ln -s libvdpau_va_gl.so.1 libvdpau_i965.so.1 For Nvidia the package are sudo apt-get install libvdpau1 vdpau-va-driver


It's cached into RAM. Fairly easy to test if you just use an absurdly high cache number. As long as you have enough RAM, you'll see an mplayer instance with super high RAM usage. $ ps aux | awk 'NR==1 || $11~/^mplayer/' USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND oli 5869 21.5 0.5 1922224 147852 pts/5 Sl+ 09:26 0:08 ...

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