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Hi, I've heard that mplayer is good so after a lot of fiddling with the -vo deal I finally got it to play movies. When I play a movie on it there is a black rectangle at the bottom of the screen to the right. I believe this to be a toolbar because when I click on different parts of the black, things happen to the movie, such as enlarging, pausing, etc. The problem is, since the rectangle is completely black, I can't really chose things that I want. Mainly I want to enable looping and perhaps a bar that I can use to jump around a media file (a slider bar I think it is called). Does anyone know why my bar might be black? I tried all of the other skins and they just change the shape of my black toolbar. I'm using mandrake 9.1 and mplayer-0.90-10plf.i586.rpm, I just upgraded from mplayer-0.90-0.rc4.4mdk.i586.rpm, which had the same problem. I have the mplayer gui and meconder deals installed too. I'm a newB so I could be missing something simple. Thank you for your time.
PS what is the best -vo driver to use? The default exr3 didn't work, and a bunch of others didn't work but x11 did.
Thanks for the info on x11 and xv, I haven't tried xv yet but the info is much appreciated since I wasn't aware that x11 was cpu intensive. I would actually prefer to use the terminal to launch mplayer but I was under the impression that it would take longer to browse through the terminal and then enter the names of the files. Maybe I'm wrong though, or I could have my media files all in one place, hmm. Also, I couldn't find a looping terminal command. Any idea if there is one? I will try reinstalling mplayer but I don't think the cause is the skins getting corrupted since I updated the mplayer rpms tonight using rpm -U. Thank you for your time and input.
Whoops, I should of thought to check the "man" file for mplayer, instead of just the -h deal. Thanks for the info on looping though, it's quite interesting that you have different options with mplayer. I tried running it from the terminal today and it pretty cool. I like how you get so much more info from the program in the terminal. Unfortunately xv didn't work for me and gave me that -vo error where it can't find the video out device. Videos seem to run decently smoothly on my computer using x11 although I haven't tried running anything fullscreen. I wonder why I'm having so much trouble with my -vo devices, maybe it's because my graphics card is an ancient rage pro. Thanks for all your help with mplayer, I really appreciate it. Take care and I hope you are having a good day/night.