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Old 08-28-2004, 01:02 AM   #1
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MPlayer and GMPlayer problems

When I toggle full screen mode in MPlayer, for some reason it just makes everything around the video turn black, but it doesn't stretch the image. I believe that the image is supposed to be stretched, and so there is my problem with MPlayer. With GMPlayer, when I try to play a file, it comes up with an error that probably has something to do with my xorg.conf file and my video cards. The fatal error is:

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

I installed the nvidia drivers for one of my video cards. The nVidia GeForce2 MX400/440 is the video card occupying my VGA slot. My other video card is an on board SiS card. I backed up my xorg.conf file, and when I changed the line:

driver "VESA"
driver "nvidia"

X Windows wouldn't startup, so I replaced the xorg.conf with the backup and X Windows works. I believe that the xorg.conf file is looking at my onboard SiS video card, as opposed to my nVidia card, but I don't know enough about the xorg.conf file to be able to change it properly. My monitor is hooked up through my nVidia card, which would mean that I am using my nVidia card, but why wouldn't the drivers work then? I'm a little confused, as I'm rambling and probably stopped making sense a while ago. Can someone please help me with this problem? Thank you.
Old 08-28-2004, 01:22 AM   #2
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Regarding your mplayer, open the GMplayer, and then right click on the big window and hit "preferences". Then go to the Video tab and try different output drivers.
Old 08-28-2004, 01:28 AM   #3
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try -fs -zoom with your mplayer command line while trying the different -vo options.
Old 08-28-2004, 01:36 AM   #4
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I tried that already, but I can't configure any of them. When I try to open a file, it crashes the program with a whole bunch of errors, really long errors...

- MPlayer crashed because of bad usage of CPU/FPU/RAM.
Recompile MPlayer with --enable-debug and make a
'gdb' backtrace and
disassembly. Details in

Hmmm. Maybe I can figure out what to do. I don't know how to do a disassembly, but maybe that document will explain how. Thanks, but this might not be over yet. I don't actually know what a 'gdb' backtrace is. Can someone explain that to me?
Old 08-28-2004, 01:41 AM   #5
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Yeah Mplayer's been slacking lately, not sure why. Doing what whansard said should get your player a bigger picture. But doing it in the preferences in the gui just crashes it. It never did that with prior versions.
Old 08-28-2004, 07:47 AM   #6
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Rep: Reputation: 30 users have been having tons of problems with crashing in mplayer. My understanding is that it's a known issue, and the people are working on it.

Meanwhile, a workaround is not to use


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