Having set up VA API like mentioned before compiling XBMC with support for hardware decoding on Intel G45 is pretty straight forward. No other steps have to be taken than to compile as mentioned in the README.ubuntu at http://gitorious.org/xbmc/xbmc/blobs/HEAD/README.ubuntu.

I installed the dependencies and downloaded the source into subfolder xbmc with

git clone git://github.com/xbmc/xbmc.git xbmc

compiled with

./bootstrap && ./configure && make -j2

and after compilation successfully finished

sudo make install

Works like a charm at least for 720p content in H.264.

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