Debian Multimedia :: VLC Playback Broken By Deb-multimedia Upgrade

Jun 14, 2011

I am using debian squeeze and did an aptitude upgrade yesterday. Today I've found that VLC won't play any video; the files open and the audio plays, but the video is black. The aptitude log is below.

I note that VLC received a security upgrade a few days ago, but my suspicion is that the source of this problem is more likely to be the upgrade of libavcodec52 from version 4: -> 5:0.6.1+svn20101128-0.2. I believe this upgrade came from the debian-multimedia stable repo I have enabled.

Does this sound right, and what could I do to fix my VLC playback? This is new territory for me, and I'm slightly surprised that such an upgrade would come from the stable branch of debian-multimedia (although I know this is not an official source).


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Debian Multimedia :: DVD Playback Broken - Input Plugin Cannot Open

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I am not able to play certain encrypted DVD's under Lenny. Some of these DVD's worked fine in a previous installation (Mandriva 2008.1) in the same laptop (nx6125). I tried with several players (Kaffeine, vlc, mplayer), but nothing works. I know that the DVD drive is OK, since I was a able to watch an unencrypted DVD. I also have libdvdnav4, libdvdread3, libdvdcss2, w32codecs already installed.

This is the error message from Kaffeine:
07:06:12 PM: xine: cannot find input plugin for MRL [dvd:///dev/hdc]
07:06:12 PM: xine: input plugin cannot open MRL [dvd:///dev/hdc]
07:06:11 PM: xine: found input plugin : DVD Navigator

And this is from vlc
tommy@tardis:~$ vlc dvd://
VLC media player 0.8.6h Janus
libdvdnav: Using dvdnav version 4.1.2 from [URL]
libdvdnav: DVD Title: DVD_VIDEO
libdvdnav: DVD Serial Number: 2E904DAF
libdvdnav: DVD Title (Alternative):
libdvdnav: Unable to find map file '/home/tommy/.dvdnav/'
libdvdread: Invalid main menu IFO (VIDEO_TS.IFO).
libdvdnav: vm: failed to read VIDEO_TS.IFO
libdvdread: Invalid IFO for VMGM (VIDEO_TS.IFO).
libdvdread: Error cracking CSS key for /VIDEO_TS/VIDEO_TS.VOB (0x00000180) .....
[00000277] dvdread demuxer error: read failed for block 0
[00000270] main playlist: nothing to play

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sample launch:

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I get this when I try to run the browser from a console :

Code: Select alldarko@paris:~$ google-chrome
[3229:3229:0918/] After loading Root Certs, loaded==false: NSS error code: -8018
[3229:3229:0918/] Failed to send GetTerminationStatus message to zygote
[3229:3229:0918/] Failed to send GetTerminationStatus message to zygote

So to be more specific :

My system is :
Code: Select alldarko@paris:~$ uname -a ; cat /etc/debian_version ; cat /etc/issue
Linux paris 3.16.0-4-686-pae #1 SMP Debian 3.16.7-ckt11-1+deb8u3 (2015-08-04) i686 GNU/Linux
Debian GNU/Linux 8

I run the Xfce desktop

The problem is the same whether is use google-chrome stable, beta, unstable, or chromium

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2011-06-26 15:51:35|remove |libavcore0||i586|root@fsc.dimplemania
2011-06-26 15:51:36|install|libpcrecpp0|7.9.0-6.7|i586||repo-oss|73b84e4d75db3b5c2c62a04d9cc3263b66ab0ff0
2011-06-26 15:51:39|install|libreoffice-templates-en|3.3-1.2.1|noarch||repo-


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The problem seems to be caused by the anti aliasing features of OpenOffice and disabling these features in the options panel (Extra -> Options -> View -> Screen font anti aliasing) fixes the UI somewhat:

However, as can be seen in the last screenshot, disabling anti aliasing makes the whole thing look terrible. I've searches the net for solutions such as this one but so far I've not been able to fix this. Is there anyone who can point me towards what has changed in the way fonts are rendered since Lenny and what might cause this breakage for OpenOffice? Other applications such as Iceweasel work perfectly and look better then before.

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3. Standard Definition Video.

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I am runing Jessie Linux 3.18 Nvidia 465 Gtx Intel Cpu

Code: Select all     built-ins
[    41.306] (==) ModulePath set to "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
[    41.306] (II) The server relies on udev to provide the list of input devices.
        If no devices become available, reconfigure udev or disable AutoAddDevices.
[    41.306] (II) Loader magic: 0x7ff757496d80

[Code] .....

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my graphique card is
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I'm on Debian testing and every time I try to install Gnome I get this:

Code: Select all# alexandernst at stupidbox in ~ [18:51:07]
$ LC_ALL=C sudo tasksel install gnome-desktop --new-install
tasksel: apt-get failed (100)

I tried installing it manually:

Code: Select all# alexandernst at stupidbox in ~ [18:51:35]
$ LC_ALL=C sudo apt-get install gnome                     
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done

[Code] ....

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