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How to install and set up VDPAU hardware acceleration for Intel?

asked 2013-09-05 09:51:12 -0500

Bucic gravatar image

updated 2014-09-28 18:16:45 -0500

mether gravatar image

There doesn't seem to be any Fedora specific resource on this.

Via - Adobe Flash Player Hardware Acceleration on Intel Graphics Cards

Using it, you can get hardware acceleration on some Intel graphics cards for Mplayer (well, we already have mplayer-vaapi but it hasn't been merged) and even Adobe Flash Player. That means a lot less CPU usage(...)

Instructions for nVidia graphics are easily available I'm interested in instructions for non-nVidia graphics. My system has Intel GMA 4500M HD graphics.

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answered 2013-09-05 10:52:38 -0500

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If you have an nVidia card, the instructions here explain how to install the official nVidia binary driver, including the VDPAU libraries. Other hardware and drivers have varying levels of support for hardware video acceleration, and VDPAU in particular.

How to enable it in your video player depends on what program you use. I suspect that it’ll work out-of-the-box with most current players (e.g. VLC-, MPlayer-, Xine- or GStreamer-based programs).

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Yes, I know. I've updated my question. Sorry. I should have wrote that I use Intel graphics.

Bucic gravatar imageBucic ( 2013-09-05 14:16:10 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-09-08 09:48:29 -0500

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I got this to work on my system (Lenovo Thinkpad X230, Fedora 20) like this, following a mix of the instruction you linked to and German CT computer magazine.

I installed (you need rpmfusion repositories for this): libvdpau-va-gl vdpauinfo

Then I created the file /etc/adobe/mms.cfg with the following content:


When that was done I could call vdpauinfo like this:

VDPAU_DRIVER=va_gl vdpauinfo

and it gave a lot of output, also

VDPAU_DRIVER=va_gl firefox

made firefox' flash plugin use hardware acceleration. (Check any youtube video before/after, the CPU load should be much lower now.) Now how to make that permanent? Lacking any better idea, I created a file in /etc/profile.d with this content:

# Local script to set VDPAU_DRIVER to va_gl for Intel
export VDPAU_DRIVER=va_gl

which seems to have done the trick; hardware acceleration is now permanently enabled.

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