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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:03 pm    Post subject: Need some help to get VAAPI support. Reply with quote

Hi there,

I'm trying to set up a HTPC using xbmc and I'm running into some difficulities with VAAPI support. The machine has a i5-4670T
CPU with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600. I'm able to launch Xbmc but video playback is unbearably slow (~ 4-5 fps). Curiously,
the CPU load is very low (~ 3%). Moreover, VAAPI support doesn't work at all. Executing vainfo results in


libva: VA-API version 0.32.0
libva: va_getDriverName() returns 0
libva: Trying to open /usr/lib64/va/drivers/
libva error: /usr/lib64/va/drivers/ init failed
libva: va_openDriver() returns -1
vaInitialize failed with error code -1 (unknown libva error),exit

The file /usr/lib64/va/drivers/ actually exists.
Here is what dmesg has to say about it:


[ 3810.853051] WARNING: at drivers/gpu/drm/i915/intel_display.c:7894 intel_modeset_check_state+0x586/0x6a0()
[ 3810.853052] encoder's computed active state doesn't match tracked active state (expected 1, found 0)
[ 3810.853053] Modules linked in:
[ 3810.853056] CPU: 0 PID: 3635 Comm: X Not tainted 3.10.7-gentoo #1
[ 3810.853057] Hardware name: MSI MS-7850/H87-G41 PC Mate(MS-7850), BIOS V3.1 05/09/2013
[ 3810.853058]  ffffffff8160042b 0000000000000000 ffffffff8106536c ffff88040b022000
[ 3810.853060]  ffff88040cb36460 ffff88040cb36448 0000000000000001 ffff88040cb36000
[ 3810.853061]  ffffffff81065455 ffffffff8182a340 ffff880400000028 ffff88040272daf8
[ 3810.853063] Call Trace:
[ 3810.853066]  [<ffffffff8160042b>] ? dump_stack+0xd/0x17
[ 3810.853070]  [<ffffffff8106536c>] ? warn_slowpath_common+0x6c/0xa0
[ 3810.853071]  [<ffffffff81065455>] ? warn_slowpath_fmt+0x45/0x50
[ 3810.853073]  [<ffffffff813d3506>] ? intel_modeset_check_state+0x586/0x6a0
[ 3810.853076]  [<ffffffff8160376b>] ? __schedule+0x25b/0x730
[ 3810.853079]  [<ffffffff813a5a3b>] ? i915_read32+0x5b/0xf0
[ 3810.853081]  [<ffffffff81071be3>] ? lock_timer_base.isra.34+0x33/0x70
[ 3810.853083]  [<ffffffff81072017>] ? try_to_del_timer_sync+0x47/0x70
[ 3810.853085]  [<ffffffff813a5e71>] ? i915_write32+0x91/0x110
[ 3810.853087]  [<ffffffff813ec0af>] ? sandybridge_update_wm+0xdf/0x3b0
[ 3810.853088]  [<ffffffff813a5e71>] ? i915_write32+0x91/0x110
[ 3810.853091]  [<ffffffff813cae2d>] ? haswell_crtc_disable+0x15d/0x2d0
[ 3810.853094]  [<ffffffff8139c4cd>] ? drm_mode_obj_set_property_ioctl+0x32d/0x340
[ 3810.853096]  [<ffffffff8139c50c>] ? drm_mode_connector_property_set_ioctl+0x2c/0x40
[ 3810.853099]  [<ffffffff8138bae0>] ? drm_ioctl+0x460/0x560
[ 3810.853102]  [<ffffffff810ea21a>] ? handle_pte_fault+0x8a/0x780
[ 3810.853104]  [<ffffffff8139c4e0>] ? drm_mode_obj_set_property_ioctl+0x340/0x340
[ 3810.853107]  [<ffffffff8111f89a>] ? do_vfs_ioctl+0x8a/0x500
[ 3810.853109]  [<ffffffff81110b36>] ? __sb_end_write+0x26/0x60
[ 3810.853111]  [<ffffffff8110ef16>] ? vfs_write+0x196/0x1d0
[ 3810.853112]  [<ffffffff8111fd5d>] ? SyS_ioctl+0x4d/0xa0
[ 3810.853114]  [<ffffffff816059d6>] ? system_call_fastpath+0x1a/0x1f
[ 3810.853115] ---[ end trace ac949f6922761bed ]---

The user is in the video group and KMS is activated. I'm grateful for any helpful advice on the topic. To be honest, I'm entirely overwhelmed with the intricacies of the Linux graphics stack. Well, here are some installed packages along with their USE-flags:


emerge -vp xorg-server

[ebuild   R    ] x11-base/xorg-server-1.13.4:0/1.13.4  USE="ipv6 nptl suid udev xorg -dmx -doc -kdrive -minimal (-selinux) -static-libs -tslib -xnest -xvfb" 0 kB


emerge -vp xf86-video-intel

[ebuild   R    ] x11-drivers/xf86-video-intel-2.20.13  USE="dri sna udev -glamor -uxa -xvmc" 0 kB


emerge -vp libdrm

[ebuild   R    ] x11-libs/libdrm-2.4.45  USE="libkms -static-libs" VIDEO_CARDS="intel (-exynos) (-freedreno) -nouveau (-omap) -radeon -vmware" 0 kB


emerge -vp mesa

[ebuild   R    ] media-libs/mesa-9.1.2-r1  USE="bindist classic egl gallium llvm nptl shared-glapi -debug -gbm -gles1 -gles2 -openvg -osmesa -pax_kernel -pic (-r600-llvm-compiler) (-selinux) -vdpau (-wayland) -xa -xorg -xvmc" PYTHON_SINGLE_TARGET="python2_7 -python2_6" PYTHON_TARGETS="python2_7 -python2_6" VIDEO_CARDS="intel -i915 -i965 -nouveau -r100 -r200 -r300 -r600 -radeon (-radeonsi) -vmware" 0 kB


emerge -vp libva

[ebuild   R    ] x11-libs/libva-1.0.15  USE="opengl -vdpau" VIDEO_CARDS="intel -dummy -fglrx -nvidia" 0 kB

... and emerge -- info


emerge --info
Portage 2.2.1 (default/linux/amd64/13.0, gcc-4.6.3, glibc-2.15-r3, 3.10.7-gentoo x86_64)
System uname: Linux-3.10.7-gentoo-x86_64-Intel-R-_Core-TM-_i5-4670T_CPU_@_2.30GHz-with-gentoo-2.2
KiB Mem:    16273220 total,  15668940 free
KiB Swap:          0 total,         0 free
Timestamp of tree: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 19:45:01 +0000
ld GNU ld (GNU Binutils) 2.23.1
app-shells/bash:          4.2_p45
dev-java/java-config:     2.1.12-r1
dev-lang/python:          2.7.5-r2, 3.2.5-r2
dev-util/pkgconfig:       0.28
sys-apps/baselayout:      2.2
sys-apps/openrc:          0.11.8
sys-apps/sandbox:         2.6-r1
sys-devel/autoconf:       2.69
sys-devel/automake:       1.10.3, 1.11.6, 1.12.6, 1.13.4
sys-devel/binutils:       2.23.1
sys-devel/gcc:            4.6.3
sys-devel/gcc-config:     1.7.3
sys-devel/libtool:        2.4-r1
sys-devel/make:           3.82-r4
sys-kernel/linux-headers: 3.9 (virtual/os-headers)
sys-libs/glibc:           2.15-r3
Repositories: gentoo nektoo
CFLAGS="-march=corei7 -O2 -pipe"
CONFIG_PROTECT="/etc /usr/share/gnupg/qualified.txt"
CONFIG_PROTECT_MASK="/etc/ca-certificates.conf /etc/env.d /etc/fonts/fonts.conf /etc/gconf /etc/gentoo-release /etc/php/apache2-php5.3/ext-active/ /etc/php/apache2-php5.4/ext-active/ /etc/php/apache2-php5.5/ext-active/ /etc/php/cgi-php5.3/ext-active/ /etc/php/cgi-php5.4/ext-active/ /etc/php/cgi-php5.5/ext-active/ /etc/php/cli-php5.3/ext-active/ /etc/php/cli-php5.4/ext-active/ /etc/php/cli-php5.5/ext-active/ /etc/revdep-rebuild /etc/sandbox.d /etc/terminfo"
CXXFLAGS="-march=corei7 -O2 -pipe"
FCFLAGS="-O2 -pipe"
FEATURES="assume-digests binpkg-logs config-protect-if-modified distlocks ebuild-locks fixlafiles merge-sync news parallel-fetch preserve-libs protect-owned sandbox sfperms strict unknown-features-warn unmerge-logs unmerge-orphans userfetch userpriv usersandbox usersync"
FFLAGS="-O2 -pipe"
GENTOO_MIRRORS="rsync:// rsync:// rsync:// rsync://"
LDFLAGS="-Wl,-O1 -Wl,--as-needed"
PORTAGE_RSYNC_OPTS="--recursive --links --safe-links --perms --times --omit-dir-times --compress --force --whole-file --delete --stats --human-readable --timeout=180 --exclude=/distfiles --exclude=/local --exclude=/packages"
USE="acl amd64 berkdb bindist bzip2 cli cracklib crypt cups cxx dri fortran gdbm iconv ipv6 mmx modules mudflap multilib ncurses nls nptl openmp pam pcre readline session sse sse2 ssl tcpd unicode vaapi zlib" ABI_X86="64" ALSA_CARDS="ali5451 als4000 atiixp atiixp-modem bt87x ca0106 cmipci emu10k1x ens1370 ens1371 es1938 es1968 fm801 hda-intel intel8x0 intel8x0m maestro3 trident usb-audio via82xx via82xx-modem ymfpci" APACHE2_MODULES="authn_core authz_core socache_shmcb unixd actions alias auth_basic authn_alias authn_anon authn_dbm authn_default authn_file authz_dbm authz_default authz_groupfile authz_host authz_owner authz_user autoindex cache cgi cgid dav dav_fs dav_lock deflate dir disk_cache env expires ext_filter file_cache filter headers include info log_config logio mem_cache mime mime_magic negotiation rewrite setenvif speling status unique_id userdir usertrack vhost_alias" CALLIGRA_FEATURES="kexi words flow plan sheets stage tables krita karbon braindump author" CAMERAS="ptp2" COLLECTD_PLUGINS="df interface irq load memory rrdtool swap syslog" ELIBC="glibc" GPSD_PROTOCOLS="ashtech aivdm earthmate evermore fv18 garmin garmintxt gpsclock itrax mtk3301 nmea ntrip navcom oceanserver oldstyle oncore rtcm104v2 rtcm104v3 sirf superstar2 timing tsip tripmate tnt ubx" INPUT_DEVICES="keyboard mouse evdev" KERNEL="linux" LCD_DEVICES="bayrad cfontz cfontz633 glk hd44780 lb216 lcdm001 mtxorb ncurses text" LIBREOFFICE_EXTENSIONS="presenter-console presenter-minimizer" OFFICE_IMPLEMENTATION="libreoffice" PHP_TARGETS="php5-5" PYTHON_SINGLE_TARGET="python2_7" PYTHON_TARGETS="python2_7 python3_2" RUBY_TARGETS="ruby19 ruby18" USERLAND="GNU" VIDEO_CARDS="intel" XTABLES_ADDONS="quota2 psd pknock lscan length2 ipv4options ipset ipp2p iface geoip fuzzy condition tee tarpit sysrq steal rawnat logmark ipmark dhcpmac delude chaos account"

Thanks a lot in advance :-).
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[s]Isn't that the ATI discrete card in that cpu?[/s]
Derp nvm!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may need xbmc-fernetmenta to get proper vaapi support.

check this thread
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, chrisyu ... Unfortunately, I'm still stuck right at the beginning, i.e.
libva-intel-driver seems to be broken.


libva: VA-API version 0.32.0
libva: va_getDriverName() returns 0
libva: Trying to open /usr/lib64/va/drivers/
libva error: /usr/lib64/va/drivers/ init failed
libva: va_openDriver() returns -1
vaInitialize failed with error code -1 (unknown libva error),exit

Meanwhile, I was able to fix xbmc's abysmal performance... problems with the sound card caused
the extremely slow playback. So even without vaapi video now runs smoothly. However, I'd still like
to benefit from VAAPI...
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