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Old 10-20-2003, 09:38 PM   #1
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mplayer screen sizes don't increase.

I had dvd's playing fullscreen with MPlayer. Then I installed the frontend, gmplayer. Now, it plays in a window. When I select 'fullscreen' from the context menu, I just get a big black border, but the picture is no bigger. Can anyone help? It's been a 3 day quest to get dvd playback at all, and I'm happy. This is the last leg

Actually, everything I want / need working will work afther this (bar opengl but hey)!.

Old 10-20-2003, 10:18 PM   #2
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hah! I had the same problem my friend (wait, you're not my friend!).

What you do is go into 'gmplayer' and rigth click and go to preferences. Then go to the video tab and select a different output (I use the 'xv' output).

I found that depending on what video output I use, some of the video output will not do full screen but give the same thing as you described in your problem. Let me know if this works, my friend (wait, you're not my friend!).
Old 10-20-2003, 10:34 PM   #3
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Thanks Micro,
the only options I have are


xv is the only option that gives me any display at all. But no full screen. The other options don't work.
Old 10-21-2003, 01:36 AM   #4
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you can run gmplayer with zoom options with " gmplayer -zoom "
Old 10-21-2003, 12:18 PM   #5
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Thanks krussell, that works!
Now though, I'm back to the original problem of jerky playback.

I've enabled dma on the dvd drive. My spec is ok:
850 MHz, 320 MB ram, 4 X DVD.

hdparm -tT /dev/hdc gives me..

Timing buffer-cache reads: -402 MB in 0.00 seconds = -inf kB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: -201 MB in 0.00 seconds = -inf kB/sec
Hmm.. suspicious results: probably not enough free memory for a proper test.

But that's assuming it's a hardware config problem. I've read every dvd playback related info thrown up by google, and I have to put my hands up now, I just don't know. I updated my graphics card driver. It's fine. Ogle, Xine give the same result (a little worse actually ).

I tried rpm and source based installs of these players, so all the dependencies were taken care of. And thats about it.

Hope someone can help,


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