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SDL2 hardware acceleration

Tue Oct 06, 2015 1:53 pm

It seems that the Jessie sdl2 package is not built with OpenGL ES hardware acceleration.

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fails with "Couldn't find matching render driver"

So I resorted to building SDL2 from source as outlined in this article: ... ted-sdl-2/

which involves configuring prior to make with:

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../configure --disable-pulseaudio --disable-esd --disable-video-mir --disable-video-wayland --disable-video-x11 --disable-video-opengl
Now when I run my test program SDL_CreateRenderer succeeds, but the rendering is still very slow. I suspect that I am not getting true hardware acceleration, but some form of software implementation.

If I list the available video drivers with SDL_GetNumVideoDrivers and SDL_GetVideoDriver I get two: "RPI" and "dummy".

How can I ensure that I have true hardware acceleration using OpenGL ES when I build SDL2 ?

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Re: SDL2 hardware acceleration

Sat Oct 10, 2015 2:40 am

If it's useful you can use the RetroPie-Setup script to get a working SDL2 installed with HW acceleration

clone it, and then you can just do

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sudo ./ sdl2
to build/install new SDL2 debs.

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Re: SDL2 hardware acceleration

Sun Oct 11, 2015 9:07 am

Thank you kindly.

It took < an hour to build that lot & seemed to install without problems, & it looks like Stella may work accelerated now :)

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