[MPlayer-users] VESA stopped working with Radeon.

Dan8827 dan8827 at snet.net
Mon May 26 02:05:15 CEST 2003

I and others on this list have had the same problem - VESA mode not
working with newer Linux distros.  (Redhat 8 in my case.)  I believe the
culprit is newer versions of glibc.  Several months back, someone traced
the cause of the problem to some of the code used in mplayer using an
older function call that's no longer supported in newer versions of
glibc.  I don't know enought about programming to be able to provide
much more meaningful detail.

The "Requires ROOT privileges" comment always appears with "-vo VESA" -
I see it on Redhat 7 when I (successfully) use VESA as root.  It's
apparently just there for info, not as an error message.

I'm not sure about the hard drive activity or the system hanging; with
me on Redhat 8, mplayer crashes but doesn't take anything else with it.

Any chance of getting VESA working again?  I'm sure there are plenty of
mplayer users out there using VESA for tv-out, and the problem will only
grow as more users switch to newer distros.


On Sat, 2003-05-24 at 12:44, TJ wrote:
> [Automatic answer: RTFM (read DOCS, FAQ), also read DOCS/bugreports.html]
> Hi,
> I wonder if anyone can shed a light on what might have happened since 
> outputting to VESA with MPlayer stopped working after upgrading SuSE 8.1 
> to 8.2. I'm using compiled MPlayer, of course, not the bundled one. 

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