[MPlayer-users] Re: [-] Re: [-] XV display too wide

Matthias Wieser mwieser at gmx.de
Mon Jan 31 10:26:16 CET 2005

Am Sonntag, 30. Januar 2005 15:49 schrieb Reimar Döffinger:

> On Sun, Jan 30, 2005 at 03:36:25PM +0100, Matthias Wieser wrote:
> > Too intelligent? Intelligent would be to ask X11 about the display
> > properties...
> No, because it will return nonsense often enough.

Only if the user writes crap into his XF86Config or xorg.conf

> AFAIK this was tried 
> once and seemed to cause nothing but trouble.

When has this been? Maybe nowadays the man pages and the distribution's 
GUI-tools are better.

> > > MPlayer assumes, that all screens are 4:3, because a lot of people
> > > were setting their X resolution to something non-4:3 to get more
> > > out of their limited monitor space, thus using non-square pixels.
> >
> > Because a *some* people do set their monitor to non-squar pixels, all
> > users of 17" and 19" TFT displays, all users of WXGA notebooks, all
> > users of ... have to use a command line switch to say mplayer that
> > they do use a sane resolution?
> They can put it in the config file. How many programs have you
> encountered that can work perfectly without any configuration?

All but Mplayer. Mozilla, Kpdf, Gimp, Audacity, Openoffice, TVtime, xawtv, 
xine, ...

> > > Why xawtv works is also clear: it always assumes square pixels.
> >
> > ...which is probabyl right for >95% of mplayer users.
> which assuming 4:3 monitor aspect probably is, too.

No. Probably 50% of all displays bought in the last year do not have an 
aspect ratio of 4:3. More and more notebooks tend to have 15:9 displays 
and all 17" and 19" TFT displays do have a 4:5 aspect ratio.


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