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I know that this laptop (Asus UL30A) does support playing HD material with the help of the GPU on windows. The question is how can I do this under linux? The CPU load as is implies that this is not activated. I assume that it's limited to a handful of codecs. But which player supports this, if its even supported at all?

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I believe only ( limited) nVidia cards are supported, via the vdpau support. As of now, only the latest versions of Mplayer/SMplayer supported players include Mplayer/SMplater, Xine, XBMC, Boxee, GStreamer. You will need an relatively newer ( 8xxx series, I believe ) graphics card, running on nvidia driver, not the open source nv driver. Short howto do it in Ubuntu

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So with Intel gpu I'm lost? –  Algific Apr 9 '10 at 20:08
    
@data_jepp I'm afraid, as of now, yes. –  Sathya Apr 9 '10 at 21:04

With AMD/ATI hardware the only solution for your H.264 videos without tearing is to setup on smplayer/mplayer on video output -> OpenGL (fast ATI cards). Assuming your notebook is with Intel HD video you don't have much of a choise.

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