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abunt

Joined: 12 Apr 2007
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PostPosted: Sat 14 Apr 2007, 05:33    Post subject:  Playing mpg
Subject description: Gxine and VLC crash
 

I am using Puppy 2.15CE and would like to play mpg files. If I just click one gxine runs but it crashes after a fraction of a second. If I use gxine to guide it to the file same thing. Gxine plays my mp3 files ok.

I downloaded and installed VLC 0.8.6 which also plays mp3s fine but crashes with any of my mpg video files. The files have played ok under ubuntu and win so they are ok.

Can anyone help. Thanks.
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jamesbond

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PostPosted: Sat 14 Apr 2007, 10:01    Post subject:  

hello abunt,

I have similar problem with yours. I have an Acer laptop with intel 915 integrated graphics chipset (I think - I can't remember the exact model). My case is that each time I tried to play DVD, gxine will just shutdown - no questions asked, not messages shown.

I was enlightened when one day I tried to run gxine from the rxvt, and got to see the error message (yes, it does output some error message, but only to terminal - if you run it off the GUI by clicking on the menu / desktop, you won't see anything). It was some moons ago, happened in 2.14, so I can't recall the exact error, but it has something to do with "cannot allocate something in X".

So what I did was, I tried another X server - when I booted off the liveCD, I tried to use Xvesa instead of Xorg. (Normally I would use Xorg when possible to enjoy the supposedly better performance + acceleration etc). Guess what? It worked !! No more crash.

So perhaps you could try to run with Xvesa instead of Xorg (I assume that you use Xorg) and see if it works. Since both gxine and VLC.0.8.6 crash, most likely it's the same X problem that I had.
Anyway, when I used Xvesa, I expected bad performance from it, actually it is not the case - the DVD playback was very smooth - and my machine is only a 1.6 Ghz Celeron.

More power to puppy Linux ! (and perhaps it's time to go to Xorg 7.1 Smile )

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abunt

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PostPosted: Tue 17 Apr 2007, 03:24    Post subject:  

Thanks for your help. Funny thing, because I wanted a faster boot I changed from multi-session CD to a HD drive install following the instructions in 'Lin'n'Win-Newbie (brilliant, no Grub or Lilo and it can be done without installing linux before XP) and now Gxine plays my movies fine.

Of course I don't really know if thats what has solved the problem?!
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