Good news regarding tearing and low EmulationStation performance on Pi 4
cellux last edited by
@cellux After kernel update and switching to 64 bit, I get audio using the kms driver's audio.
Swampy last edited by Swampy
Some of my experiences with kernel 5.4 on the raspberry pi 4:
dtoverlay=vc4-kms-v3deverything works, except the splashscreen. I think, that's because openMAX and omxplayer doesn't work with kms. The same problem with emulators, where dispmanx is enabled (dispmanx is not supported with kms). Steamlink doesn't work with kms too. The new kms-audiodriver is working fine for me.
dtoverlay=vc4-fkms-v3deverything works. Emulationstation is working as fluently, as with the real kms driver.
@Swampy Does kodi work for you with
Swampy last edited by
@saccublenda Sorry, I don't use kodi within retropie. I have an extra sd card with libreelec installed.
@saccublenda Nope. It starts but doesn't play videos because it uses MMAL.
Only Kodi 19 will work fine with KMS, which has support for v4l2 hardware decoding.
@Rascas Ok, thanks for the info.
George Spiggott last edited by
Was this added to the weekly update (4.5.19) because all my screen tearing symptoms seem to have gone?
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@Brunnis I guess it is an overscan problem. Removing the overscan settings from
/boot/config.txtmakes the artifacts disappear.
Hi there! I'm having the exact visual artifact you posted in the your initial reply to the thread. However, I have no overscan options set in my config.txt. The only active settings I have are:
dtparam=audio=on [pi4] dtoverlay=vc4-kms-v3d dtoverlay=rpivid-v4l2 max_framebuffers=2 arm_freq=2100 gpu_freq=700 over_voltage=6 hdmi_force_hotplug=1 gpi_mem=320
Do you, or anyone else monitoring, have any ideas as to where the described artifact comes from and how to prevent it? Am using 5.4.44-vl7l+ on a rpi4b 4GB. Kodi is installed, using ffmpeg 4.2.2, and I have made no changes to Mesa. Any ideas would be very much appreciated! Thanks very much.
@pbohannon The differences with my settings would be
dtparam=audio=on disable_overscan=1 hdmi_group=1 hdmi_mode=16 [pi4] dtoverlay=vc4-kms-v3d #dtoverlay=rpivid-v4l2 max_framebuffers=2 #arm_freq=2100 #gpu_freq=700 #over_voltage=6 #hdmi_force_hotplug=1 #gpi_mem=320
Try adding/commenting the new lines and see if you can get rid of the artifact.
joyrider3774 last edited by joyrider3774
about video's, RPI0-3 supports H264, H263, MPEG4, MPEG2 and VL1 hardware decoding with the last 2 with payed unlock. Raspberry pi 4 only supports H264 hardware decoding and HEVC see post of raspberry pi engineer https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=268356#p1628856 Al formats do still work fine in software decoding.
Also if your wondering if rpi4 will ever get such support again ... the answer is no see post here https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=268356#p1650804
joyrider3774 last edited by
i had the same visual artifcat on kms/drm version of attract on the intro video, disable_overscan fixed it for me i think in attract, artifcat is gone althouhg i also added hdm_group1 & mode 16
@Rascas Is it possible to install Kodi 19 on the Pi4?
@PhoenixJedi It is possible to compile it yourself and install it yes. But there is still some problems and nothing really new or different so in my opininnion it isn't really worth to mess with it. Python 3 only is something pulling it back in my opinion. Until there is proper HDR and HD audio bitstreaming support, I don't really see a need to go into it.
@Rascas Dang, cause thats the only thing keeping me from going to the 5.4 KMS driver.
@Rascas So i have no idea how to get/compile kodi 19 for the pi4... im guessing theres no way youd be willing to walk me through it?
This is getting of topic... but if you don't have an idea about it, don't bother with it, it is not something easy to do. If you want more information open a new topic or search Kodi forums, there is some information about it there already.
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@saccublenda Hi I just wanted to find out hat theme is this that you are using. I like it
akamming last edited by
I got a nice tip though. It is possible to use the old sound driver:
(and the old vc4-hdmi.conf)
Dit you get this to work? i cannot get audio (also not with this tip)
I only see the BCM2835 headphones driver, but i need either the 2835 HDMI 1 driver to work or the new kms audio driver. Can't get both to work...
- dtoverlay=vc4-kms-v3d-pi4,audio=off (with dtparam=audio=on and old vc4-hdmi.conf)
- and dtoverlay=vc4-kms-v3d-pi4 with new vc4-hdmi.conf
on both no audio. Does anyone have a tip?
Beretta9 last edited by
I'm in the same situation. I can get the KMS driver to work but cannot get audio.