[mythtv-users] anyone successfully using an AMD APU as a frontend?

Mike Carron jmcarron at starstream.net
Mon Mar 17 20:49:30 UTC 2014

On 3/17/2014 1:22 PM, Matt W wrote:
> Hi all--until recently I was happily using an Nvidia 8400GS with VDPAU 
> but then the mobo died.  Figured it was time for an upgrade after 5 
> years or so.  I thought AMD APU (AMD A6-6420K APU with an HD8470 
> onboard)  would be the new hotness and a great way to go:  nice 
> graphics for HD playback, low power usage, good cpu speed!
> Well of course things didn't work out as smoothly as I'd hoped. 
>  Between jumping around with Debian 7.4, and backports, and the 
> drm/nouveau drivers, and AMD Catalyst drivers, getting playback 
> without issues does not seem to be in my immediate future.  In some 
> cases, I can't even enter the Settings menu in mythfrontend (it 
> hangs), let alone playback hw-accelerated video.  not sure what that's 
> about
> If this guide is on the right track...: 
> http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=174854   then my guess is 
> what I really need is Mesa version 10 (Debian Wheezy has version 8) 
> (?).  Or I could just pop the old Nvidia card on the new mobo for a 
> year or so until AMD compatibility continues to grow.
> Any suggestions?  thanks!
I have two Zotac AD-03s (AMD Fusion E-350) that I use for FEs. One has 
Mythbuntu 12.04.3 and the other has OpenELEC 4.0 Beta right now. The MCC 
says Mythbuntu is using the proprietary Catalyst drivers but I notice 
quite a bit of jerkiness during rapid motion and even some when there is 
a crawler going across the bottom of the screen. On the other hand, the 
OpenELEC seems to have the video driver problem taken care of, that 
video looks perfect to my eye. Now if only I could say the same thing 
about the remote control...


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