Fit-PC3: Installing Linux Mint 15

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Prepare installation media

Base installation of Linux Mint

  • Follow the standard Linux Mint installation procedure - choose timezone, partitions, username, password etc.
  • Disconnect the installation media and reboot.
  • Login using previously selected username and password.

ATI Catalyst video driver

  • fglrx is a proprietary ATI Catalyst video driver that provides XvBA (X-video Bitstream Acceleration) support.
  • Install fglrx driver and other required utilities with the command below:
sudo apt-get install fglrx-updates xvba-va-driver vainfo
  • Note: system reboot is required after the installation of the fglrx driver.

XBMC and VLC

  • XBMC and VLC are well known free and open-source multimedia players
  • Both of them use GPU accelerated video decoding and give exellent playback quality
  • Both of them compatible with the most popular video formats
  • XVBA support has not yet been merged into the main XBMC code branch and was installed from Wolfgang Schupp repository
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wsnipex/xbmc-xvba-frodo
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xbmc vlc
  • XBMC will support GPU accelerated video decoding out of the box
  • In VLC you need to check Tools->Preferences->Input and Codecs->Use GPU accelerated decoding checkbox to take advantage of GPU accelerated video decoding