i'm not sure if the 2 are related, but here goes. first of all, i uploaded a vid of my playback issues with xine to youtube
this is on either monitor, and watching any video format i have on my computer. it is only in xine, or xine based players, there is 0 issue with Totem, except maybe somewhat choppy playback at full screen resolutions.
my google earth issue is that nothing is shown in the main display, until i click on it and move the mouse around, and then stars show up, and move around, but no earth is visible, and when i take the mouse out of the display window, the display goes back to blank. if i try to find a location, nothing happens.
i'm running slack 12.1, with the Catalyst 8.7 driver, on an AMD Opteron 170 system, DFI Lanparty UT Ultra-D motherboard, 2gb memory, x800gto video card, and audigy 2 zs platinum pro sound card. running in a dual head configuration, 1440x900 on each monitor, and i have compiz fusion and emerald running properly. using gnome for my window manager, though the problem exists when i choose kde as well.
i've got opengl overlay enabled in my xorg.conf, and i enabled videooverlay just to see if it effected xine at all, which it did not.