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What could cause every player (xine, mplayer, totem) to play the audio of movies and display a bunch of scrambled greens and blues and reds on the screen that the movie should play on.
I know some wisenheimer out there is toying with the idea of suggesting my movies are f*cked but that is NOT the case. They have worked in the past, and I'm talking dozens of movies that I have seen in the past...
I think somehow every player is picking a video device that doesn't exist. How can I tell them all the right one lol?
VDec: vo config request - 560 x 304 (preferred colorspace: Planar YV12)
VDec: using Planar YV12 as output csp (no 0)
Movie-Aspect is 1.84:1 - prescaling to correct movie aspect.
VO: [xv] 560x304 => 560x304 Planar YV12
Take a look at your video device config files. Chances are that when they were installed, or for some other interesting reason, they got screwed and now your video player is looking for a device that doesn't exist and your HAL is having a sh*t fit. Best advice: take a look at your video driver and reconfig them, possibly a reinstall? Can't say much else without knowing your hw setup.
I had that problem recently myself. It quite clearly was a corrupted rastport pointer, and it was coming about due to a combination of factors including bugs in beryl, bugs in the NVidia video driver, and a growing problem on my system hard drive (which caused me to replace that drive when I became aware of the problem).
I was able to work around the problem (until updates to compiz fusion, and the NVidia driver, and a changed HD caused the problem to vanish) by using the krandrtray utility to change the refresh rate on my monitor. This caused rastport information to be reloaded and for awhile my movies would work. The problem would then reoccur and I would have to do it again.
Well about 2 weeks ago i installed compiz-fusion and updated my nvidia drivers. I have not the slightest idea what you mean about your hard drive, but its pretty likely this problem is a bug related to compiz-fusion or nvidia drivers.
I am having a similar problem in Mandriva 2008. If I enable Compiz Fusion settings (Configure your computer -> Hardware -> 3D desktop effects), I can't play videos. If I disable it and re-login, the videos work fine.
I'm no expert, but it seems that Compiz Fusion is using the same graphical device / interface for rendering effects which is used for displaying videos. Could someone tell me how to get these both working together?
Distribution: Fedora 7, Fedora 9, Solaris 10, Mac OS X, RHEL5
I used to have the same problem, I don't use compiz-fusion, just the compiz that come with Fedora 7.
I use Xine, and to solve the problem open the configuration window, in the video section select opengl as driver, then close xine and start it again. That should work.
I remember trying out geek_man's suggestion to change the driver to OpenGL in VLC media player, but I don't think it helped. I'll however give it another shot, because I feel the problem lies somewhere in the driver or default output device department.
I hadn't tried changing the monitor refresh rate though. That gives me one more option to try out.
The display was completely garbled when I tried using X11 drivers to enable Compiz Fusion. I do not know why it happened, and I couldn't see the screen to revert the changes back. Since I am not expert enough to change the settings through the console, I ended up re-installing the entire OS! Since then, I haven't tried using the X11 drivers; I use native (default) option. My machine has Intel Graphics Accelerator, no external cards.
Now the videos work fine with Compiz Fusion enabled. However, ensure that you disable the 3D Desktop effects while changing the video drivers (You may have to re-login for this to take effect). Once the drivers are set to either "xshm" or OpenGL, you can enable the 3D Desktop effects and then re-login to watch your favourite movie while enjoying Compiz Fusion's jazzy effects.