[vdr] Advice on new motherboard, xineliboutput, vdpau, hdmi video & audio, etc.

Niko Mikkilä nm at phnet.fi
Tue Aug 17 19:09:06 CEST 2010


On Tue, 2010-08-17 kello 19:36 +0300, Seppo Ingalsuo wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-08-17 at 13:39 +0300, Niko Mikkilä wrote:
> > IMO the only reason to go for a separate card over ION would be higher
> > quality 1080i deinterlacing. You'll need GT 220 for that since GeForce
> > 210 is only slightly faster than ION. They have the same video processor
> > and therefore the same video decoding capabilities, but post-processing
> > is done on the graphics cores.
> 
> Good point. I think 1080i is rare content for me. If ION is as good as a
> GT220 with 576i, 720p and 1080p then it could be very suitable for my
> needs.

ION 2 should be about as good as GT220 for those formats. Older ION
works too since you probably don't need all the new features in VDPAU
feature set C.


> > If you don't need advanced 1080i deinterlacing, Asus AT5IONT-I is a very
> > good option right now. It has ION2, latest dualcore Atom and USB3, and
> > it's passively cooled.
> 
> It's an interesting new board but I wonder if there's some risk for
> problems. I tried to search but I could not find reports about success
> with Ubuntu or Linux generally.

Yep, that's always the question with new hardware. I'd expect any
showstopping issues to be fixed pretty quickly though, at least on
Nvidia's side. Their Linux support has been quite outstanding in my
opinion.

> Do Nvidia's binary graphics drivers
> support ION2?

It should. The README lists it as "Second Generation ION". See:
http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/256.44/README/supportedchips.html

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Niko




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