Saturday, July 26, 2008

Ubuntu HDTV fix

I had a problem with Ubuntu on my old notebook with Intel Mobile 915GM video-card. It didn't want to play hdtv files, rips and some .mkv files. It had been crashing with an insufficient resources error.

The issue is simple, the video card uses the system memory for its own purposes, and ubuntu has wrong default xorg configuration for the videocard. Add the following three lines to your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file into the Section "Device" section (search for the Driver "i810" line).

Option "VideoRam" "65536"
Option "CacheLines" "1980"
Option "LinearAlloc" "32768"

This will fix the problem.

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