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Old 09-14-2006, 11:28 PM   #1
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mplayer not full screen

on my machine mplayer will play most anything but i cannot view anything in full screen. Can it be my video card it has caused me great grief already. I have an ati radeon express 200.....I know I know ati doesn't cooperate with linux but i didn't know that when i bought it.

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Old 09-15-2006, 08:23 AM   #2
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Most likely the issue is the video driver you are using. Do you know what video driver is being used by xorg? You can view that by
nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Scroll down until you see a Section "Device" and look to see what driver is there. If you are using a generic driver like "vesa", try changing it to "ati" and see if that allows you to play full screen. If that doesn't work, you can try installing the ati drivers as described here: You should try method 1 and note that the radeon 200 will require fixing as described in the troubleshooting section.
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Have you tried setting "Start in fullscreen mode" in the preferences dialog?

When you hit the " f " key to enter fullscreen mode what happens? Does the video stay the same size & the rest of the screen goes black or does nothing happen at all?
Old 09-15-2006, 10:36 AM   #4
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are you having this problem for particular video files or all formats??
Old 09-15-2006, 12:32 PM   #5
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try various video outputs mplayer -vo help
Old 09-15-2006, 03:10 PM   #6
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I had to install a proprietary driver myself as there was not an open source driver available (I know...I know don't get ati)
I had a breakthrough the other day I noticed that I could view full screen if it is a video streamed to my computer, but I still can't view fullscreen if i load the file myself whether it be dvd, vcd, a file, etc.
To answer a previous question yes the image stays the same size as the rest of the screen goes black
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How exactly are you trying to view it "full screen"? Command line options.. "hot keys".. how?

I have an ATI Radeon card and have no problems with full-screen viewing in mplayer.
Old 09-17-2006, 10:45 AM   #8
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I tried viewing fullscreen every way I know how including commandline (I think i used the right command) just to be sure can someone tell if it is "mplayer" "fs".
Old 09-17-2006, 11:10 AM   #9
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You can use the software zoom by adding it as a switch from the command line
mplayer some_video.file -zoom -fs
You will notice a performace loss since it's the CPU scaling the image, rather than the graphics card, but on my 500mHz 64MB RAM laptop, it's still very watchable. Might be worthwhile adding the -cache <some_value> switch if it's laggy, as well as the -framedrop (or even -hardframedrop) ones to improve playback. Check out the man page for specifics of these switches.


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