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Craving acceptable video playback and nothing more, armed with 11.10. Oneiric and blessed with an ATI 256MB card

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http://askubuntu.com – My problem seems to be relatively simple: I would like to be able to watch simple videos on Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric), using an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450, 256 MB graphics card, presently relying on the fglrx driver (but would readily change to anything that can give me that and a cool fan) installed from the repositories, but video playback is plain UGLY. What I am experiencing: On various players, incl. the default Totem, VLC, as well as the MPlayer-based SMPlayer and Gnome Player video playback is either plain ugly, (motions are sloppy, occasionally, at lower res. xvid avi videos even leavi (HowTos)