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Need to improve video on Lenovo X120e

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Need to improve video on Lenovo X120e

#1 Post by kendew » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:23 pm

Hi
My first post here. I was impressed with MX after enabling the MX repository on a Debian Stretch install I have. Since then I installed it for someone on an old Dell Inspiron 10 Netbook and was happy with how easily the install went.
Recently I received about 30 Lenovo X120e Thinkpads. My aim is to install a Linux system for a non-profit on these computers. I've tried MX on one of them. The first problem was getting the wireless working, but that was accomplished. Now I want to improve the video. Normal web browsing and similar tasks render OK, no tearing, but YouTube and other video get very choppy, even compared to the older Dell Inspiron, and I'm looking to make video smoother and more natural, even if not perfect. Inxi reports:

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$ inxi -G
Graphics:  Card-1: AMD Wrestler [Radeon HD 6310] driver: radeon v: kernel 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.2 driver: ati,radeon unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa 
           resolution: 1366x768~60Hz 
           OpenGL: renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD PALM (DRM 2.50.0 / 4.15.0-1-amd64 LLVM 3.9.1) 
           v: 3.3 Mesa 13.0.6 
I know the proprietary driver for this card has been discontinued, but I'm wondering what else I might be able to do to make playback smoother.
Thanks for any help.
Kendew

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Re: Need to improve video on Lenovo X120e

#2 Post by turtlebay777 » Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:27 am

Upgrade the RAM.

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Re: Need to improve video on Lenovo X120e

#3 Post by stsoh » Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:35 am

turtlebay777 wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:27 am
Upgrade the RAM.
alternative, use zram n zswap:
https://mxlinux.org/wiki/other/zram
MX-17.1_x64 Horizon, G41M-P33 Combo(MS-7592), Pentium E5400 (min/max: 1203/2700 MHz), 8Gb RAM (800 MT/s),
Intel 4 Series Integrated Graphics, Realtek PCIe Fast RTL8101/2/6E, PCI Gigabit RTL8169 Ethernets.

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Re: Need to improve video on Lenovo X120e

#4 Post by sunrat » Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:50 am

A quick search says it has 4GB RAM. That should be plenty for good video playback. Sorry I can't offer any solution, but that's not the problem.

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Re: Need to improve video on Lenovo X120e

#5 Post by stsoh » Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:59 am

manual configuration, create /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-radeon.conf, and add the following:
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Section "Device"
    Identifier "Radeon"
    Driver "radeon"
    Option "TearFree" "on"
EndSection
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Section "Device"
	Identifier  "Radeon"
	Driver "radeon"
	Option "AccelMethod" "glamor"
        Option "DRI" "3"
        Option "TearFree" "on"
        Option "ColorTiling" "on"
        Option "ColorTiling2D" "on"
EndSection
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/ATI
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Intel 4 Series Integrated Graphics, Realtek PCIe Fast RTL8101/2/6E, PCI Gigabit RTL8169 Ethernets.

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Re: Need to improve video on Lenovo X120e

#6 Post by m_pav » Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:57 am

smxi comes to mind from forum member H2-1

I used to use this tool a fair bit to install graphics drivers, command line through a virtual terminal. It usually worked well for nVidia drivers, not quite so good with AMD Radeon, but when it did, it was great despite the stern telling off for using radeon (after they about-faced a year into their supposed promised native Linux support and poo-pooed the daylights out of Linux.

If you decide to test that path, I suggest you do it on a disposable system because you can really easily bork a good install with a wrong decision. Sometimes it doesn't have to be any error on your part, it may just not work for you, but once you get the recipe right, it's easy to replicate across the machines.
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