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Re: Laptop issue It was already enabled on my main PC when I checked. The VLC developers probably know why it's not enabled on some machines, perhaps compatibility issues with certain AMD graphics hardware, or settings carried over from a previous/unstable version. I don't know for sure myself.
I ran that HTPC on my 46" Samsung 1080p TV and it looked fine for both video playback and general usage. I've since replaced that machine with one powered by an A8-3870K. Videos look and run the same in XBMC, but now it can play 1080p Flash videos without dropping frames, as well as being much faster in games.
I tried a couple of 1080p Blu-ray rips with the E-350 in XBMC with acceleration enabled, and it handled it quite well. With DXVA acceleration disabled, it was unplayable.