[mythtv-users] Fwd: Re: Fwd: Re: Mythfrontend freezing and VDPAU?
allen.p.edwards at gmail.com
Mon Mar 2 16:39:29 UTC 2020
On Mon, Mar 2, 2020 at 7:15 AM John <jksjdevelop at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 02/03/2020 14:41, Allen Edwards wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 2, 2020 at 2:19 AM John <jksjdevelop at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 02/03/2020 01:48, Allen Edwards wrote:
>> I continue my search for why my mythfrontend is locking up. As I have
>> said, the real bother is that it basically requires a restart of the
>> computer to clear up the problem as I have discussed previously.
>> The error I am seeing in the log is this
>> *Decoder timed out waiting for free video buffers*
>> What I have found is that several others have had this problem and have
>> isolated it to VDPAU with an interlaced source. We had a lock up again last
>> night and sure enough the source was 1080i and the output is 1080p.
>> There does not seem to be a solution online that I can find.
>> Here is one thread https://forum.mythtv.org/viewtopic.php?t=2735
>> Here is another
>> My question is, am I using the right driver and video configuration? Next
>> question, what should I use if VDPAU is unacceptable?
>> I am running Mythbuntu
>> Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS
>> MythTV Version : v0.28.2-6-g9031599
>> MythTV Branch : fixes/0.28
>> AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5400+
>> 6G memory
>> GeForce GTX 750Ti
>> nvidia 390 driver
>> VDPAU High Quality
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>> I have found that using High Quality software decoding to be more
>> reliable and tolerates faults in the broadcast stream. The cpu load is only
>> moderate - try it.
>> By the way this issue is still present in V31 so upgrading will not help.
> Thanks so much for the confirmation of the issue. I have been wondering
> about using software but wasn't sure my CPU could handle it. What specific
> settings do you recommend?
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> I am on ver 31 using Opengl High Quality and cant remember the exact
> settings for V28 but I think there was a High Quality choice in
> Setup>Video>Playback>Current Video Playback Profile
> You should get ffmpeg decoding and if I remember correctly vdpau double
> That config never failed for me on a combined Intel Haswell front and
> backend with Nvidia graphics.
> Note i still get judder with software decoding if there are background
> tasks running so avoid that.
I tried "High Quality" and so far it looks good picture quality wise.
I took a look at the CPU load using top and I find that strange.
Mythfrontend with VDPAU runs about 9% and with High Quality about 29%. That
Xorg is what I find strange. With VDPAU it runs about 2% and with High
Quality it runs all over the place. I have seen as low as 6% and as high as
I guess this is OK as long as nothing is pinned at 100% and I see that
mythcomflag is able to get in there and it only uses left overs so I guess
all is good.
If there was just an easy way to restore operation after a lock up like
there was when I was running Mythbuntu 8 we could live with the occasional
lock-ups which happen about once a month. I modified several things so that
CTRL-ALT-BS will restart X but it does not work when mythfrontend is locked
up. Basically, only "shutdown now -r" works in that case.
Thanks for the help. We will try High Quality and see how it goes.
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