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Old 07-29-2017, 03:32 AM   #1
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Debian 9 on Acer Aspire One ZA3: problems with video.


Dear Community,

it's finally time to use again my old laptop
As every wise Linux users, I didn't expect things going so smoothly, indeed I have issues not only with audio (as pointed out in another post), but also with videos

I tried many times with different media players (as well as with Youtube) but the problem is always the same:
- The (broken - please see the other post) audio follows the right time;
- the video is very slow and completely not-syncronyzed. It is then full of jumps, and unfortunately unusable.

It happens with ultra HQ videos .mkv, as well as with old-style one (.mp4), but things seem to improve a lot if I reproduce them in a tiny square instead of fullscreen.

I am aware of not having a so strong video card, but there are many videos that here doesn't work, while my old Asus eeepc 701 has no troubles with. Furthermore, I checked via dual-boot with Windows: hyper modern HQ videos still have some issues, but the average one seems to be OK.
Unfortunately, I have never tried other distros here and I would be particularly glad in solving it here in Debian.
Hoping to be fine, between many alternatives I would prefer to use the classical VLC

Finally, here is what lshw shows:
Code:
*-display
             description: VGA compatible controller
             product: System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) Graphics Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
             version: 07
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm msi vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
             configuration: driver=gma500 latency=0
             resources: irq:16 memory:b0080000-b00fffff ioport:1800(size=8) memory:c0000000-cfffffff memory:b0000000-b003ffff memory:c0000-dffff
Thanks in advance for any kind of help

Ps: this problem was still true for the old version of Debian (8).

Last edited by Wario.; 07-29-2017 at 03:37 AM.
 
Old 07-29-2017, 04:48 AM   #2
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By the sound of it, if your video works in a small box, it's a driver issue or a network issue. Speed test the network. Grab youtube-dl or play some local video on full screen to find out which. Intel probably do a binary for that gpu, and you could grab that
 
Old 07-29-2017, 04:50 AM   #3
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I have a similar Acer netbook, and you can pretty much forget about smooth playback on most videos. The old 1.6Ghz Atom CPU has absolutely awful performance. I also have an eeePC netbook with 900mhz Celeron (a significantly older CPU), but its performance is actually better for most things. The Atom CPU was designed to minimize energy consumption, but they went too far with it.

Both of these netbooks worked out-of-box with Debian 9 installs.

OTOH, my Acer netbook has different graphics (i915 Intel graphics instead of gma500 Intel graphics):
Code:
        *-display:0
             description: VGA compatible controller
             product: Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4xx/N5xx Integrated Graphics Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
             configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
             resources: irq:28 memory:58180000-581fffff ioport:60c0(size=8) memory:40000000-4fffffff memory:58000000-580fffff memory:c0000-dffff
But still, the Intel graphics chips tend to be well supported.
 
Old 07-29-2017, 06:28 AM   #4
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I am sure my problem in local and does not rely on a bad network connection (tests done via youtube-dl, thanks for the remark).

It is very interesting to listen to the Intel Atom comments...I am glad that there is a reasonable explanation for my problem (including the eeepc story), but on the other hand I feel a bit sad, since it seems that there is nothing we can do

I'll leave here a small comment before giving up: some movies (low but fine quality) basically works under my Windows 7 partition (Vlc). Could I try something for making them be fine also under Debian?
 
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You can optimize it sure, and see how far you get. Nobody will predict your success. The dictiopnary is the only place where 'success' comes before work. Why not try? Read a bit online and go for it. We're here if you screw up.
 
Old 07-30-2017, 03:49 PM   #6
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Great! I will surely try and I'll write again here in case of specific problem ;-)

Finally, I would like to write a small remark: I will temporary move for one month to another place, where is it likely that I will no need to use my old Acer One. Consequently, I guess that I will be able to write here some updates only near the second half of September...I hope it could be fine with you and it doesn't violate any forum rule. :-)

Thanks in advance!
 
  


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