NicolTIP#018: How use ION acceleration with XBMC 10.0 and Windows 7


Starting from version 10.0 XBMC can use hardware acceleration to render video (DXVA 2 support for H.264, VC-1, and WMV9) on Windows 7 too(http://mirrors.xmission.com/xbmc/releases/10.0-Dharma-changelog.txt). This is very useful if you have, like me, a ION based media center with a ATOM processor or similar that is not able to manage 1080p movies.

you can find this flag in XBMC under:

  • Home –> Settings –>Video –> Allow Hardware acceleration

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With hardware acceleration disabled, my dual ATOM 1.6Ghz is not able to render well 1080p videos, and the CPUs are heavy used.

slow

With hardware acceleration enabled, the video goes smoothly and the CPUs are almost idleSmile.

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Comments (1)

  1. Kahn says:

    Yes! I was looking for this.

    Thank you for the info.

    I have an AsRock ION 330 and never got my cd-player to work to play dvd's.

    It works perfectly to install xbmc-live from cd but simply won't play dvd's.

    Changing to Win7 tomorrow  😀