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this is a seemingly new problem i started facing in debian etch a few days back.
whenever i try to play a movie in either of the 2 media players i have: totem and vlc, the app. starts, works for just a second or 2 then closes.
moreover, sometimes this also leads to X-server restarting, as i am shown the login window again!
is this is a known bug or something...??
i have gnome 2.14.3
# deb http://security.debian.org/ etch/updates main contrib
# Line commented out by installer because it failed to verify:
deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ etch main
# deb-src http://security.debian.org/ etch/updates main contrib
deb http://www.backports.org/debian etch-backports main contrib non-free
& yeah, i recently installed apache, php and mysql.
I am having the same problem with both Totem and VLC shutting down, moments after I try to open an .avi file.
Everything was fine until my friend updated me from an older mandriva to Ubuntu...we tried going back to Mandriva, but the problem remains on both.
We also switched from KDE to Gnome.
I don't know much about computers, so I got lost when you started explaining the fix..
In idiot's terms, how do I do this fix? Do I just have to import a gpg key? How do I do that?
The info in a previous post (see below) solved the problem on VLC. Does anyone have a similar for Totem Movie Player---in idiot-proof english please!!
Registered: Feb 2008
Location: I am a United Kingdom penguin
Distribution: Ubuntu / PClinuxOS
....I had the exact same thing happen to me whilst operating vlc with an ageing rather than ancient ati FireGL radeon 9000...in a dell laptop, as it happens. What I was advised to do was to open up vlc...go to preferences, check the advanced box on the bottom right hand corner. Then select output modules and a single drop down menu will appear on the right. You may have to maximise the window to see it properly though. I frustrated myself a while over that silly little detail...I then chose X11 as my preferred output mode and hey presto, vlc works fine. There are other modes you can experiment with, but it seems as if X11 is the one to go with older hardware. I really hope this works for you...