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Oh damn I didn't know the 4000s were killed off from AMD's drivers. Thank god I got an Nvidia GPU or I'd be SOL as my mobo is ATI4250. Yeah...I guess you'd need to check the VLC build but I just checked mine and lo-and-behold it uses way more CPU than any of my other players (dragon and XBMC). So I guess it's just VLC's coding.
Hm... what version do you have?

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I would say if it's just recently, then possibly a borked update. Have you updated lately ? tongue.gif
I have, though I don't recall VLC being in the updates... and I can't actually remember how long this has been going for. It only started getting really annoying lately because summer heat and no AC combined with high CPU usage makes my rig sound like a jet engine... especially annoying during the spikes.

what about any xorg/ati/amd related packages?
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Hm... what version do you have?
I have, though I don't recall VLC being in the updates... and I can't actually remember how long this has been going for. It only started getting really annoying lately because summer heat and no AC combined with high CPU usage makes my rig sound like a jet engine... especially annoying during the spikes.

Well without GPU acceleration and overlay my CPU usage (total) is no less than 40% for my bluray mkvs and never less than 20% with GPU acceleration and overlay. The quality is crappy (I have screen tearing and soooo much noise it is insane compared to the quality of XBMC). VLC version 2.0.4. Why is it that VLC works great for my SD content and Mplayer and XBMC aren't as good yet VLC sucks with HD material? Just bizarre.
     
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mplayer isn't as good!? Wha is that rookie!? lol I <3 mplayer, was gonna say the OP should try it and see if things work out better. I know mplayer has had issues with things in the past, so has VLC, though today it's pretty well rounded (mplayer). It is infact what XBMC is built from, so i dunno.

That's my 2c, try mplayer or some other players and see how they compare. Might need to switch, sad but so sometimes. Unless an update or building from source fixes things.
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Well I just tried kmplayer, I don't know if it's an issue with that particular frontend, but it sucked. Video itself appears in a separate window (which I don't seem to be able to turn off) while the controls, menu and all the rest appear in the other window with a huge black space in the middle. There doesn't seem to be proper fullscreen support, either - I thought that, well, I'll get rid of the title bar and taskbar and watch the video fullscreen, which actually changed the resolution and completely screwed up my dual-monitor setup (they were both cloned at a stupid resolution after I quit). It doesn't maintain the aspect ratio either, though I suspect that might be configurable (didn't find anything). Wasn't too impressed :/

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Well I just tried kmplayer, I don't know if it's an issue with that particular frontend, but it sucked. Video itself appears in a separate window (which I don't seem to be able to turn off) while the controls, menu and all the rest appear in the other window with a huge black space in the middle. There doesn't seem to be proper fullscreen support, either - I thought that, well, I'll get rid of the title bar and taskbar and watch the video fullscreen, which actually changed the resolution and completely screwed up my dual-monitor setup (they were both cloned at a stupid resolution after I quit). It doesn't maintain the aspect ratio either, though I suspect that might be configurable (didn't find anything). Wasn't too impressed :/
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I'd try smplayer/umplayer instead of the respective gmplayer/kmplayer, they tend to be nicer at least in my experiences. That was just the only major one I can think of, their is XBMC and other media players. Granted XBMC is based off mplayer, it isn't exactly mplayer. Plus mplayer itself is CLI and has a ton of switches. lol Hence why they have GUIs for it (smplayer/umplayer/kmplayer/gmplayer).

[edit] Forgot to add, their has to be other video player projects. I just don't know them. =( I probably know more audio player projects though. Too bad it isn't an audio problem.
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I don't know how to fix your problem, it indeed sounds like hardware acceleration is off despite VLC saying it's on. Try installing latest AMD drivers that still worked with 4000 series, if you don't mind the pain of reinstalling AMD drivers (i once spend 5 hours reinstalling amd drivers).

The video player i use is GOMplayer, you can maybe try that one out. Edit: NVM, it's windows only.
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mplayer isn't as good!? Wha is that rookie!? lol I <3 mplayer, was gonna say the OP should try it and see if things work out better. I know mplayer has had issues with things in the past, so has VLC, though today it's pretty well rounded (mplayer). It is infact what XBMC is built from, so i dunno.

That's my 2c, try mplayer or some other players and see how they compare. Might need to switch, sad but so sometimes. Unless an update or building from source fixes things.

personally it's always been hit or miss with mplayer for my, where as VLC always worked %100 right out of the package manager. I could probably fix those, but not faster then I can install VLC tongue.gif
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@mushroomboy: I'm saying that using an Mplayer frontend like SMPlayer for SD material has always been worse for me than using VLC. However, VLC is abysmal in HD material quality and performance compared to anything using/based off of Mplayer. I sometimes refer to VLC as SDPlayer because that's what it does best.

@bomfunk: Either try Smplayer (will require some tweaking to get acceleration and what not but nothing difficult) or XBMC for your HD material.
     
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It's not just a HD issue for me, it happens even on 480i though the freezes are shorter in duration and average CPU usage lower. I'll give the others a shot, though.
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Rookie, I use the nvidia video decoder most of the time (vdpau). Runs pretty smooth for me, so dunno... Heck, even on GL/GL2 it runs baby smooth. =S

The other player, found it while looking for linux apps cause I did a fresh install... Don't ask... Ack, the other was Totem. I knew their was another decent player out there, just couldn't think of it.
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