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Old 07-02-2008, 02:21 AM   #1
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Totem & VLC starts for only 2 seconds...


hi all,

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
 
Old 07-02-2008, 07:52 AM   #2
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Have you tried launching them from a shell so you can view the error that gets thrown when it shuts down ? usually a good place to start for this sort of problem..

http://www.videolan.org/doc/vlc-user-guide/en/ch04.html
 
Old 07-02-2008, 03:18 PM   #3
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i tried starting totem and vlc from the shell, and both are working fine from there!
so, is this a gnome bug..?
 
Old 07-02-2008, 08:53 PM   #4
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If you are running etch then I don't think so as it works perfectly well on my etch system..

Are you by chance mixing repositories, pulling in things from testing, unstable, volatile, backports, other ?

Did you recently install something on your system right before this problem first occurred ?

have you tried purging the packages from your system then re-installing them ?
 
Old 07-03-2008, 02:30 AM   #5
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these are repos i am using:

Code:
# 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.
 
Old 07-03-2008, 10:58 AM   #6
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output of: apt-cache policy vlc

vlc 0.8.6-svn20061012.debian-5.1+etch2 [security]

http://packages.debian.org/etch/vlc

it should be from the security repo that you have commented out in your first line.

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Old 07-04-2008, 11:44 AM   #7
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$apt-cache vlc gives:
Code:
vlc:
  Installed: 0.8.6-svn20061012.debian-5etch1
  Candidate: 0.8.6-svn20061012.debian-5etch1
  Version table:
 *** 0.8.6-svn20061012.debian-5etch1 0
        500 http://http.us.debian.org etch/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
 
Old 07-06-2008, 01:12 AM   #8
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You may want to try uncommenting the security repository and updating your system.
 
Old 07-06-2008, 01:19 PM   #9
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i uncommented that line and ran:
$apt-get update

the following error cropped up:
Code:
GPG error: http://www.backports.org etch-backports Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY EA8E8B2116BA136C
 
Old 07-06-2008, 10:02 PM   #10
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If you have backports in your sources.. did you follow the instructions ? http://www.backports.org/dokuwiki/do...d=instructions
 
Old 07-07-2008, 02:20 PM   #11
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thanx, the error is gone after importing the gpg key
 
Old 07-11-2009, 12:57 PM   #12
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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?

thanks...
 
Old 07-11-2009, 02:09 PM   #13
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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!!

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Hi...

....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...
 
  


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