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Unread post by DavidTangye » Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:02 pm

Since today videos are not being rendered properly, but the sound is OK. See the attached screenshot of playing a Youtube clip. It is as though a video codec upgrade has resulted in an incompatibility with the hardware.
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Re: Videos not playing properly any more

Unread post by DavidTangye » Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:39 am

Is anyone else is getting this problem?

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Unread post by odroid » Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:39 am

Which media player do you use?
Youtube on the Chromium browser? or Kodi player?

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Re: Videos not playing properly any more

Unread post by phaseshifter » Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:12 pm

check your screen settings it`s self... check video leads..try another screen...if you can ..
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Re: Videos not playing properly any more

Unread post by ronaldj309 » Sat Dec 12, 2015 6:08 pm

DavidTangye wrote:Is anyone else is getting this problem?
Yes. On XU3, Ubuntu 15.10 & Chromium browser after most recent software update/upgrade which upgraded from Chrome 45 to Chrome 47.
Would like to know how to revert to Chrome 45, but haven't been able to do it.
What I did do was reflash Ubuntu 15.10. This puts an older version of chromium-browser (version 45?) in place and video plays properly.

Put a 14.02 eMMC into the XU3 and ran Software Updater. It installed chromium-browser version 47. The Video did not play properly.
REflashed the eMMC. Then ran Software Updater, but deselected (unchecked) chromium-browser. After update and reboot, Chrome works Ok.

All this says to me that Chrome version 47 is the problem. Suggest don't update to it.

How is the Software Updater administered?
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Unread post by SnD » Sat Dec 12, 2015 9:42 pm

I've the same problem on my XU-4. Both, chromium and FF are not working propely with youtube video.

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Re: Videos not playing properly any more

Unread post by DavidTangye » Mon Dec 14, 2015 2:02 pm

Good to get the replies, folks.

I just tried Firefox. It crashes when trying to play a Youtube clip.

At least I now know that the problem is not hardware failure. It could be an incompatibility with the hardware and the latest software (Chromium or a dependent lower-level package), or a bug in the package.

Either way, I guess I give up on this XU4 for playing videos.

I just tried playing an .mp4 with VLC. This no longer works either. I get sound but no video. Perhaps a new version of a video codec is failing.

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Re: Videos not playing properly any more

Unread post by odroid » Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:37 pm

Chromium version of Ver47.x seems to have a broken video playback functionality.
We may need to wait for next update or find how to roll back to Ver 45.

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Unread post by XeoSal » Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:42 pm

I have the Chromium v45 package on my repo, this build is actually compiled on ubuntu 15.04 but it should work perfectly on 15.10, just download to your home directory and install those two packages:
http://oph.mdrjr.net/odrobian/pool/main ... _armhf.deb
http://oph.mdrjr.net/odrobian/pool/main ... _armhf.deb

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odroid:$ sudo dpkg -i chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra_45.0.2454.101-0ubuntu0.15.04.1.1183_armhf.deb
odroid:$ sudo dpkg -i chromium-browser-odrobian_45.0.2454.101-0ubuntu0.15.04.1.1183_armhf.deb
You can use this till Ubuntu decides to roll a new update to the chromium-package that's when you can remove this package and revert back to stock settings.

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Re: Videos not playing properly any more

Unread post by odroid » Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:25 pm

Great! Your packages saved me. :)

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Re: Videos not playing properly any more

Unread post by peba » Fri Dec 18, 2015 4:46 am

It should always be possible to download any released Ubuntu software package from Ubuntu servers as both source and binary packages:
Overview released versions: (also for armhf)
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/%2Bsource/chromium-browser
chromium-browser 45.0.2454.101:
https://launchpad.net/~canonical-chromi ... ld/7987798
https://launchpad.net/~canonical-chromi ... _armhf.deb
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/xenial/arm ... untu1.1201
once you downloaded a binary *.deb package it can be installed via:
#sudo dpkg -i *.deb

But of course packages built with compile options for e.g. the SOC used in the Odroid-XU4 might offer better performance.

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Re: Videos not playing properly any more

Unread post by meveric » Sat Dec 19, 2015 5:49 am

DavidTangye wrote:Since today videos are not being rendered properly, but the sound is OK. See the attached screenshot of playing a Youtube clip. It is as though a video codec upgrade has resulted in an incompatibility with the hardware.
Can you share an example link of a video you encountered issues with?
I have Chromium 47 installed and don't experience any issues with movies, but I want to make sure before I push the update for Chromium 47.
Are you using HTML5 or Flash?

Edit:
Ok, I watched at least 10 videos on YouTube by now. While movie runs fine without any issues, I experienced some sound issues forcing Flash.
The sound was slightly out of sync with the video. Using HTML5 instead I couldn't see any issues at all.
I watched videos of other sites as well.. using Flash Player.. No issues could be seen.. So I have to assume Chromium 47 is working fine.
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Re: Videos not playing properly any more

Unread post by DavidTangye » Wed Dec 23, 2015 9:06 pm

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

I think I am using HTML5. Flash does not work. All videos fail - everything on Facebook or Youtube.
It just occurred to me though: I am running Chromium 'Version 47.0.2526.73 Ubuntu 15.04'. Perhaps I need to upgrade to 15.10. Can I do that via the Ubuntu Software Updater, or should I run the ODroid Utility to upgrade the kernel or anything to 15.10?

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Re: Videos not playing properly any more

Unread post by odroid » Wed Dec 23, 2015 9:52 pm

Don't try to upgrade to 15.10. It is worse.

Enable the GPU acceleration on your Chromium 47 first. It helped to solved the youtube issue for me.
http://odroid.com/dokuwiki/doku.php?id= ... eb_browser

If it doesn't help, try to install the Chromium 45.

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Re: Videos not playing properly any more

Unread post by DavidTangye » Thu Dec 24, 2015 4:36 pm

'Use hardware acceleration when available' was already checked.

I have reverted to Chromium 45, and the videos now work again.

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sudo dpkg --remove chromium-browser-l10n \
&& sudo dpkg --install \
chromium-browser-odrobian_45.0.2454.101-0ubuntu0.15.04.1.1183_armhf.deb \
chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra_45.0.2454.101-0ubuntu0.15.04.1.1183_armhf.deb

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Re: Videos not playing properly any more

Unread post by odroid » Thu Dec 24, 2015 4:41 pm

Good to know you solved the issue.

But I am still curios why the GPU acceleration couldn't solve your issue.
Do you have this line in /etc/chromium-browser/default ?

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 CHROMIUM_FLAGS=" --use-gl=egl --ignore-gpu-blacklist --disable-accelerated-2d-canvas --num-raster-threads=2" 

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Unread post by bruzzy » Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:39 am

odroid wrote:Good to know you solved the issue.

But I am still curios why the GPU acceleration couldn't solve your issue.
Do you have this line in /etc/chromium-browser/default ?

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 CHROMIUM_FLAGS=" --use-gl=egl --ignore-gpu-blacklist --disable-accelerated-2d-canvas --num-raster-threads=2" 
Thanks for the hint! I had the same issue and adding the flags just solved it.

Is there a similar workaround for Firefox?

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Unread post by odroid » Wed Dec 30, 2015 12:35 pm

bruzzy wrote: Is there a similar workaround for Firefox?
No, the Firefox seems not to support the EGL-GPU acceleration.

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Unread post by an999 » Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:42 pm

odroid wrote:Good to know you solved the issue.

But I am still curios why the GPU acceleration couldn't solve your issue.
Do you have this line in /etc/chromium-browser/default ?

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 CHROMIUM_FLAGS=" --use-gl=egl --ignore-gpu-blacklist --disable-accelerated-2d-canvas --num-raster-threads=2" 
this line may work but as soon as you change the volume while you are in fullscreen mode you will get an black screen
and have to restart your ODROID-XU4 device. its a bit better to use the v45 chormium-browser instead of running the v47 with such flags..
but you cant watch 720p or 1080p videos because of lagging

what i know till now is
that you can not watch videos properly in browser on a ODROID-XU4 device.

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Unread post by DavidTangye » Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:42 pm

odroid wrote:But I am still curios why the GPU acceleration couldn't solve your issue.
Do you have this line in /etc/chromium-browser/default ?

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 CHROMIUM_FLAGS=" --use-gl=egl --ignore-gpu-blacklist --disable-accelerated-2d-canvas --num-raster-threads=2" 
OK, I changed back to Chromium 47, and added that line in. Youtube videos play fine. :-)

As far as changing volume with fullscreen goes, my keyboard has no volume buttons, so I cannot do it, so I don't know if that is a problem. To change volume I escape from fullscreen mode first, then I can use the volume control from the panel using the mouse button and wheel. This is workable for me: I can play videos, set a good volume, and view in fullscreen.

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Unread post by DavidTangye » Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:00 pm

Update: I have got a black screen when playing a Youtube video in full-screen mode, as mentioned by another poster. I am not sure what I clicked that caused it, but switching to another virtual terminal and back (Ctl-Alt-F1, Ctl-Alt-F7) recovered the X display.

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DavidTangye wrote:Update: I have got a black screen when playing a Youtube video in full-screen mode, as mentioned by another poster. I am not sure what I clicked that caused it, but switching to another virtual terminal and back (Ctl-Alt-F1, Ctl-Alt-F7) recovered the X display.
sometimes ctrl + alt + f switching doesnt work so fuck that solution
also my ubuntu-mate opened 100 terminals
and screen started to flicker + everytime i type it makes aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

seriously i cant recommend this piece of hardware

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Re: Videos not playing properly any more

Unread post by meveric » Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:07 am

Yep the Black Screen Bug of the XU4 is the most annoying thing about this device. There are some workarounds for it, but no final solution yet.
Apparently fixing one issues discloses another one.
And since ARM doesn't seem to be able to support here, we kinda are on our own to fix this :(
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Unread post by an999 » Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:48 am

meveric wrote:Yep the Black Screen Bug of the XU4 is the most annoying thing about this device. There are some workarounds for it, but no final solution yet.
Apparently fixing one issues discloses another one.
And since ARM doesn't seem to be able to support here, we kinda are on our own to fix this :(
seriously i am sure nobody alone can fix all the issues
try to sell it and buy something else

for now its a powerfull useless device

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Re: Videos not playing properly any more

Unread post by meveric » Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:12 am

There are some workarounds and patches that make things better.. I don't have issues using Kodi or Chromium on my image and fullscreen will not crash the board, or at least less often then with the original drivers.
Still the issue is far from being fixed, since it's still crashes way too often to be called "stable" or whatever.
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DavidTangye wrote:Update: I have got a black screen when playing a Youtube video in full-screen mode, as mentioned by another poster. I am not sure what I clicked that caused it, but switching to another virtual terminal and back (Ctl-Alt-F1, Ctl-Alt-F7) recovered the X display.
You should try KODI isengard 15.2 FINAL on Debian, if you run it as an X session you would have zero issues:
XeoSal wrote: I am quite unsatisfied about Ubuntu and I know that KODI is working really unstable on it regarding to my bad experience when I first bought my ODROID XU4/C1 unlike Debian which utilize the best out of it, if you use Odrobian and run KODI as an X session you won't face any problems, although even if you launch it from MATE desktop as long as you are in KODI (didn't exit app) there will not be any issues related to the black screen (I tested this on KODI) not as you mentioned it happened just by searching and opening a video, it shouldn't do this regarding to my experience on Debian with KODI Isengard 15.2 FINAL that is installed by default on Odrobian.

You can also consider Android if you are not going to handle these issues on Linux, what you just bought is a powerful development board that requires some technical knowledge to adapt it to your needs, I have included many advice that you can make use of on my thread even regarding some possible workaround to black screen, I am also thinking of releasing my ORGA entertainment system to the ODROID XU4 as soon as I am free which should work with direct FBDEV GPU drivers that haven't this issue and I might think of the new r6p0 mali drivers I am not sure.

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Unread post by DavidTangye » Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:02 pm

XeoSal wrote:You should try KODI isengard 15.2 FINAL on Debian, if you run it as an X session you would have zero issues:
I am not interested in having to install any alternate distros, including debian. I expect the board to work properly with Ubuntu, the most common distro by far, and the only one I bother with these days. I do not have time to waste installing and configuring distros. I want the board to just work with the most common os and software, or I will switch to another brand of board.
XeoSal wrote:I am quite unsatisfied about Ubuntu and I know that KODI is working really unstable on it regarding to my bad experience when I first bought my ODROID XU4/C1 unlike Debian which utilize the best out of it, if you use Odrobian and run KODI as an X session you won't face any problems, although even if you launch it from MATE desktop as long as you are in KODI (didn't exit app) there will not be any issues related to the black screen (I tested this on KODI) not as you mentioned it happened just by searching and opening a video, it shouldn't do this regarding to my experience on Debian with KODI Isengard 15.2 FINAL that is installed by default on Odrobian.
Sorry, but I do not have time to try to parse and understand that one huge sentence. If you rewrote it in somewhat understandable English, in at least 2 or 3 sentences, with a comma or two where appropriate, and rework the grammar, I might be able to understand it.
XeoSal wrote:You can also consider Android if you are not going to handle these issues on Linux,
Not interested. See above: I expect to use (Ubuntu) Linux.
XeoSal wrote:what you just bought is a powerful development board that requires some technical knowledge to adapt it to your needs
Actually it is starting to sound more like it might need a constant update to technical knowledge to keep it working properly, the prospect of which does not thrill me one bit. It appears that the black screen problem appeared during the course of software updates at some point. Currently it is still working OK, almost 100%. I just hope future upgrades fix the black screen problem, not make it worse, but based on previous posts here, I am no longer optimistic.

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Unread post by DerekBuegel » Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:09 am

Actually it is starting to sound more like it might need a constant update to technical knowledge to keep it working properly, the prospect of which does not thrill me one bit
Here I have to agree with you. Especially with me still to come, so that I am not an expert of Linux and I am doing something difficult with English.

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Unread post by XeoSal » Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:35 am

DavidTangye wrote:Sorry, but I do not have time to try to parse and understand that one huge sentence. If you rewrote it in somewhat understandable English, in at least 2 or 3 sentences, with a comma or two where appropriate, and rework the grammar, I might be able to understand it.
It's quite interesting that you could evaluate my grammar while you are saying this. XD

It just shows how weak your thinking skills are, if you want to disrespect someone trying to help you, at least do it properly. Ahh btw, the text that you read was just a quotation of another post of mine to someone else, it seems that you're having very hard time differentiating, buddy just use your brain to think more, or else you will end up switching boards forever, this is my advice to you. :mrgreen:
DavidTangye wrote: I do not have time to waste installing and configuring distros.
Get yourself a MAC not a development board, Mr. Grammar.

Sorry for my intention to help you on the other post!
Have fun using some fruit brand board,

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Re: Videos not playing properly any more

Unread post by uDude » Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:38 am

I will admit that I too have video problems with and without egl acceleration. That said, I am not using these boards for average desktops (thogh the one I am typing on is being used as such).

The purpos for which I am using this DEVELOPMENT board is as a small cluster compute engine. I have 24 of them with a lightweight alpha level Elixir (see elixir-lang) management system deployed. Most of thee managed routines are in more memory efficient languages (C, go, julia, etc).

The board is fine as a light weight compute engine for situations where you can partition your compute problem into sections that are feasible to operate within the memory requirements of the board. Using the xu4 with GBE has reasonable message passing speeds (nothing like infiiniband). I am considering testing using a gbe via usb3 for the compute nodes moving the cluster message passing onto one network and the bulk data transfer onto another to have avoid contention.

Nonetheless, this is a dev board and a very decent one at that. I probably will not spend any time searching for a resolution to the video issue as it is not relevant to my problem. Maybe if it isn't already solved in a couple of months -- though then I'd probalby spend time working to move some of the odroidisms into a 4.x kernel rather than trying to patch chromium for a 3.x kernel (or patch a 3.x kernel for chromium).

I had some similar issues when I worked with rpi especially when using the GPU. At the time the drivers that I was using did not support zero copy between memory and gpu memory making gpu based generalized vector computations a problem. The Samsung chipset show *great* promise in this area by the v7 line and the impending v8. Note that you should look at the A57 big/little architecture. AMD has released some boards (I think: only in the dev channel).

If you don't enjoy hacking at a dev board, by all means I highly recommend moving to something else. If you enjoy dev work, stick with odroid. These are hotrods compared to my other A15 core based dev boards. For my needs, this device blew everything else out of the water and performed comparably with the intel atom quad core boards -- (at the time of my testing, although the atom chip was considerably faster, the data bus starved the cpu -- this does not happen with the samsung boards). My point being that the bottleneck of getting data in and out of the CPU moved the intel board down to the effective speeds of the XU3 (again for the problems I am solving).

I know this is a bit of a ramble of a post and I have not answered the question actually asked. My point is simply to choose a board that meets your needs. If the XU series is not it, move to something else.

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