If you aren’t familiar with XBMC, please check out my earlier guides.
My hardware is: Asrock ION330 (works great for 720p and 1080p)
I have been running XBMC on 8.10 (Intreprid) for quite a while and now I have updated to 11.04 (Natty).
Everything works fine, but HEY!, tearing on SD / HD material, argh!!!
Step 1. Getting rid of Unity
Guess I’m getting old, but I don’t like to “search” or pin my stuff to a bar + many people reported that Unity is a tear problem.
First go to the system settings:
Second to the login screen:
With these changes you are rid of Unity and back to the god’ol Ubuntu.
Tip: You can also make your user automatic login on the Login Screen, check it out while you’re there.
(Pictures are snagged from here, thanks mate…)
Step 2. Changing the xorg.conf
I tried several tips on how to get the tearing off.
I didn’t know that the Composite was manadatory to disable on my ION box, but it is…
To add this open a terminal then write
sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Goto the bottom and add the text below.
Option “Composite” “Disable”
While you are in the xorg.conf, why not add all the entries suggested by the XBMC wiki:
Tip 2: Alternative to write the xorg.conf yourself;
sudo nvidia-xconfig -no-composite
Now reboot and get your tearfree VDPAU ION computer to work as expected! 🙂
Compiz and others, check this out:
If you are running Compiz or maybe have a ATI card (or something) please check out this post
Not for the faint heart 😉
I use the unstable NVIDIA drivers, if you experience any trouble you should try them.
Use this guide to add a new entry to the repositary, then include this PPA: ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
(Get more updates here and here)