[MPlayer-users] mplayer video suddenly gone

Raimund Berger raimund.berger at gmail.com
Fri Jul 25 10:25:32 CEST 2008

Nikos Chantziaras <realnc at arcor.de> writes:

> Russell Behne wrote:
>> On 7/24/08, RC <cooleyr at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Wed, 23 Jul 2008 23:49:26 -0400
>>> "Russell Behne" <rwbehne1 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> When I try to watch any video in mplayer sound works just fine but the
>>>> screen is black - no picture.  I tried whatever other players I have,
>>>> they either can't play an .avi file or get the same black screen as in
>>>> mplayer.
>>> That suggests a problem with Xv.  You can probably still play videos
>>> using -vo x11, gl, sdl, vidix, etc.
>>> Without knowing more about your system, I can only suggest powering off
>>> your machine, and unplugging it for an hour just to be sure...  Then
>>> trying again.
>> You know, I was _really_ hesitant to try this suggestion, because
>> rebooting sounds too much like a Micro$oft solution.  But damn if it
>> didn't work!!!  I rebooted and just as suddenly as it disappeared, the
>> video is back working now.  Why? Who knows!! I sure don't.
> I'm amazed you even posted here without even rebooting first.

My guess is some browser (flash?) plugin grabbed the xv port and OP
didn't realize.

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