My problem seems to be relatively simple: I would like to be able to watch simple videos on Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric), using an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450, 256 MB graphics card, presently relying on the fglrx driver (but would readily change to anything that can give me that and a cool fan) installed from the repositories, but video playback is plain UGLY.
What I am experiencing: On various players, incl. the default Totem, VLC, as well as the MPlayer-based SMPlayer and Gnome Player video playback is either plain ugly, (motions are sloppy, occasionally, at lower res. xvid avi videos even leaving a very slight trail, and at faster motions horizontally "breaking" in two in the upper segment of the screen) or just similarly breaking in high resolution H264-encoded 720p, 1080p mkv videos and motion hardly feels continuous, feels like...dragged.
Moving any window around over the desktop is pretty blurry, too, (text in a gedit window for instance becomes unreadable when moved around).
What I do not need: I will not play any 3D games, need no super fancy desktop effects, or anything, only my videos.
My hardware is:
Dell Studio 1535 Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU T9300 @ 2.50GHz × 2 4096MB RAM ATI Mobility Radeon HD3450, 256MB dedicated memory Resolution: 1440 x 900
My present software situation:
I have installed fglrx successfully, the output of fglrxinfo seems to indicate what it is supposed to:
display: :0 screen: 0 OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc. OpenGL renderer string: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 Series OpenGL version string: 3.3.11005 Compatibility Profile Context
However, under "Graphics", System Settings >> System Info displays this: "Driver VESA:M82; Experience Standard".
What I have tried:
- Ubuntu 12.04 is out of the question: with my hardware it proved to be way too buggy. (My typical experience with LTS distributions.)
- Ubuntu 11.10. clean install, installing Catalyst 12.04. (The version suggested by the ATI website for my graphics card.) The output of fglrxinfo proved the driver didn't install properly. Reinstalled OS.
Ubuntu 11.10. (from now all my tests happened on Oneiric) clean install, fglrx proprietery driver installed from repositories (I installed Catalyst 11.8., not the post-release update 11.9, as per this post, tried installing 11.9 too, but it didn't install properly, so I performed a clean OS installation again - yes I know I could have removed/purged fglrx, but I am obsessive-compulsive (and now getting pretty tired and desperate, too).)
Thought that I might need hardware acceleration, so I tried installing the packages
sudo apt-get install xvba-va-driver libva-glx1 libva-egl1 vainfo
but realized that libva-egl1 wasn't in the 11.10. repositories, so I cannot show the output of vainfo.
My past: Have been an Ubuntu user (and missionary) for about 5 years, in the past few I have been using Karmic, which has become heavily outdated by now (especially lacking security updates), but for video playback I used the proprietary driver available from the ATI website at the time, and playback as well as fan and power management was just great. In MPlayer I used to use xv overlay. With glxgears I used to get over 3800 FPS.
If anybody is willing, let alone able to help, it is highly welcome and greatly appreciated.