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Old 10-07-2004, 02:11 AM   #1
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: Windsor, Ontario
Distribution: Gentoo 1.4
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mplayer won't play fullscreen


My mplayer won't play movies in fullscreen. Whenever I hit "f", it goes to fullscreen mode but with the same size video... for example a 800x640 size in normal mode doesn't expand to fill the screen. Rather, it stays at 800x640 and is surrounded by a black background.

I've used mplayer on Gentoo on this same computer before with no problem. It was the stock Gentoo mplayer (from emerge mplayer). This one causing me grief is on Slackware 10.0, and I compiled it from source with no tweaking (./configure, make, make install).

Any idea how to fix this? Should I recompile with different options? I have no clue why one worked while the other didn't.

Thanks in advance.

- Ren
Old 10-07-2004, 02:28 AM   #2
Registered: Jul 2003
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I use mplayer from console with this command: "mplayer -fs -zoom -vo vesa <file.avi>" wich worked great (on slack 8.1, 9, 9.1 and 10) doesn't need X so saves a lot of memory and CPU

.-=~ iluvatar ~=-.
Old 10-07-2004, 05:23 AM   #3
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: Portugal
Distribution: Gentoo 2004.2 - working on LFS 6
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I've used an old version of mplayer (the one who comes with mdk9.1 - yeah pretty old ) without problems, but last weekend i downloaded the sources from the most recent version compiled with disabling some stuff that i dont need (like support for the remote control and other stuff ) but when i play with using
the options -fs and/or -zoom it behaves just like Ren said ..
The -vo option change the output driver (i dont know if its related with the current problem ) but ill check when im at home to see if it works !
Old 10-07-2004, 06:50 AM   #4
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I had the same problem. I was using the mplayer openGL driver. Switching to th xv driver fixed the problem. (The video card I'm using is a Nvidia GeForce FX5200)
Old 10-28-2004, 05:36 PM   #5
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I fixed it. xorgsetup, which I used initially, was useless. I found out my video card and monitor specs, ran xorgconfig, and mplayer works fine now.

- Ren


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