Airtop: Installing Linux Mint 19

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Supported devices

  • This guide is valid for Airtop, Airtop2

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.

Intel video acceleration graphic drivers

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install mint-meta-codecs i965-va-driver gstreamer1.0-vaapi vainfo 

Then run vainfo command, you should see list of supported profiles, for example on Airtop2:

$ vainfo
libva info: VA-API version 1.1.0
libva info: va_getDriverName() returns 0
libva info: Trying to open /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/dri/i965_drv_video.so
libva info: Found init function __vaDriverInit_1_1
libva info: va_openDriver() returns 0
vainfo: VA-API version: 1.1 (libva 2.1.0)
vainfo: Driver version: Intel i965 driver for Intel(R) Kaby Lake - 2.1.0
vainfo: Supported profile and entrypoints
      VAProfileMPEG2Simple            :	VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileMPEG2Simple            :	VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileMPEG2Main              :	VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileMPEG2Main              :	VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileH264ConstrainedBaseline:	VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileH264ConstrainedBaseline:	VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileH264ConstrainedBaseline:	VAEntrypointEncSliceLP
      VAProfileH264Main               :	VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileH264Main               :	VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileH264Main               :	VAEntrypointEncSliceLP
      VAProfileH264High               :	VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileH264High               :	VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileH264High               :	VAEntrypointEncSliceLP
      VAProfileH264MultiviewHigh      :	VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileH264MultiviewHigh      :	VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileH264StereoHigh         :	VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileH264StereoHigh         :	VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileVC1Simple              :	VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileVC1Main                :	VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileVC1Advanced            :	VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileNone                   :	VAEntrypointVideoProc
      VAProfileJPEGBaseline           :	VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileJPEGBaseline           :	VAEntrypointEncPicture
      VAProfileVP8Version0_3          :	VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileVP8Version0_3          :	VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileHEVCMain               :	VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileHEVCMain               :	VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileHEVCMain10             :	VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileHEVCMain10             :	VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileVP9Profile0            :	VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileVP9Profile0            :	VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileVP9Profile2            :	VAEntrypointVLD

Nvidia graphics card drivers

$ sudo apt update
$ nvidia_driver=$(apt-cache search "nvidia-[0-9][0-9][0-9]" | grep -o "nvidia-[0-9][0-9][0-9]" | sort | tail -1)
$ sudo apt install $nvidia_driver vdpauinfo mesa-vdpau-drivers vdpau-va-driver --install-recommends

Then run vdpauinfo command, you should see list of supported profiles, for example on Airtop2:

MPV media player

  • Well known free and open-source multimedia player
  • Supports GPU accelerated video decoding and gives excellent playback quality
  • Compatible with the most popular video formats
$ sudo apt install mpv youtube-dl

For example, Airtop2 is capable to play 4K UHD video from the local file:

$ mpv -fs ~/Videos/jellyfish/jellyfish-140-mbps-4k-uhd-hevc-10bit.mkv 
Playing: ~/Videos/jellyfish/jellyfish-140-mbps-4k-uhd-hevc-10bit.mkv
 (+) Video --vid=1 (*) (hevc 3840x2160 29.970fps)
 (+) Audio --aid=1 (*) (truehd 6ch 48000Hz)
AO: [pulse] 48000Hz 5.1(side) 6ch s32
Using hardware decoding (vaapi).
VO: [opengl] 3840x2160 vaapi[p010]
AV: 00:00:30 / 00:00:30 (99%) A-V:  0.000 Dropped: 3 Cache:  0s+0KB

Or the same content directly from the youtube:

$ mpv -fs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4oBg8capW8
Playing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4oBg8capW8
 (+) Video --vid=1 (*) (vp9 3840x2160 29.970fps)
 (+) Audio --aid=1 --alang=und (*) 'DASH audio' (aac 2ch 44100Hz) (external)
AO: [pulse] 44100Hz stereo 2ch float
Using hardware decoding (vaapi).
VO: [opengl] 3840x2160 vaapi[nv12]
AV: 00:00:29 / 00:00:29 (99%) A-V:  0.000 Dropped: 1 Cache:  0s+0KB