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Old 09-26-2003, 06:00 PM   #1
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mplayer not playing films in console

Hello all!

I'm having a bit of a problem with mplayer. Everything was working fine until I ceased using my root account as my primary one and switched to a regular user account. It was everything alright before, and now...
When I attempt to start a movie with mplayer I get the following information:

Error opening/initialising the selected video_out (-vo) device.

I guess the problem is in access rights to some video device files, but which one/s? I know I can start mplayer as a superuser, however I would like to change the permission of a file in a way that I could freely use mplayer without the necessity of logging in as "su" or doing "sudo".

Is there a way to do it?

Old 09-26-2003, 07:03 PM   #2
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if your trying to play it in the console then the device will most likely be /dev/fb0 unless your using devfs. mplayer should state which device its failing to open.
Old 09-26-2003, 11:11 PM   #3
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i cant play my movies in fullscreen mode with mplyer , i dont know what to do , i just want to watch my movies :S this is getting complicated, i try to use vidix and doesnt work , the only output that works for me is x11 and cant use it full screen :S what should i do?
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You can download the gmplayer, which is a more graphical plug-in for mplayer, which will be easy to control ,as the controls are graphical.
Old 09-27-2003, 03:11 AM   #5
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or run it with the -fs switch to go fullscreen


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