Ubuntu Multimedia :: Intermittent VLC Crashes During Playback

Apr 8, 2010

I've been running into issues with VLC crashing now and again, particularly when seeking through the current item using the bar (as opposed to Ctrl-Right Arrow/Left Arrow); it may have happened in a few other spots, but that's usually when I'm not at my keyboard. All files are stored locally on my HD, mostly .avi video. For the most part, when I'm using VLC, I've got Firefox and maybe a Nautilus window running as well. CPU use, Memory use, and System load stay pretty well down (and I've never managed to get my swap usage above 120MiB of the 1.2GiB on the Swap partition).

I've tried removing and reinstalling VLC, no dice; about screen lists Ver 1.0.2 Goldeneye. A side effect of this is that, until I restart the system, the screen is unable to be put to sleep at it's timeout; in the notification bar of the top panel, an icon appears and (if the mouse is left there) a little box will appear with text as follows:
Session active, not inhibited, screen idle.
If you can see this text, your display server is broken and you should notify your distributor.
Please see [URL] for more information.

The URL there listed doesn't have any information that seems to be useful, but, I'd presume that VLC does something to prevent the screen turning off while it's playing (a situation where most folks aren't going to be typing or mousing around), which is undone when VLC ends cleanly (and re-opening, then exiting doesn't fix it).

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General :: Intermittent Stuttering In Video And Audio Playback Since Upgrading To Maverick

Jan 2, 2011

I've been having a problem with intermittent stuttering in video and audio playback since upgrading to Maverick (it also happened when I briefly installed Lucid). It started out as the odd skip every 20 minutes or so but now it can happen 5 or 6 times in 10 minutes when watching a film. I've tried:

reformatting and clean installing using a half-dozen players installing every codec I could think of (only after the normal ones wouldn't help) diangosing my 3 hard drives (the problem occurs on them all and they're not in a RAID setup) changing then changing back my video drivers disabling pulseaudio and ubuntuone-sync (these were not installed in my previous, working setup) looking at every relevant log file (mplayer, smplayer, demsg...) I know of running ubuntu's testing utilities I'm out of ideas. Going back to Jaunty is the only solution I'm pretty sure will work but it's not exactly ideal. It will be a few months a least before I'm able to install a completely new distro.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Rhythmbox Intermittent 5.1 No Audio Comes Out

Feb 19, 2011

I've recently managed to get upgraded to 10.10, however I'm having a few issues playing audio from Rhythmbox. I've installed Amarok which is working fine, but with Rhythmbox, the track plays, but no audio comes out, however if I skip through the track, say to halfway, the audio suddenly comes back - however it does this for each and every track, or completely skips some tracks with an error symbol next to it - however if I skip back to that track and fast forward through it, it will play. I've also installed Banshee which has exactly the same problem.

I've been messing about reinstalling gstreamer and various other bits and have finally narrowed the problem down to the hardware settings within sound preferences - If I set to Analog Stereo everything works perfectly - but when set to 5.1 just Rhythmbox and Banshee fail - everything else is absolutely fine - system sounds play, flash videos play, Amarok plays - the sound test within sound preferences also works for each speaker. I've been googling around for this problem but can't seem to find a lot of info on this

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OpenSUSE Multimedia :: 11.3 Intermittent No Sound In Amorok After Using Firefox?

Oct 30, 2010

Intermittently after using Firefox for watching You Tube etc, you find that there is no sound from Amarok and probably all other sound applications. Sometimes while using Firefox for multimedia playback ie You Tube the sound gets stuck ie (repeats the same few millseconds of sound ad infinitem) like a stuck record (for those that remember them). One solution is to reboot the system, however a quicker method is to stop & restart the alsa sound system.

> su
> [Enter root password]
# /etc/init.d/alsasound stop
# /etc/init.d/alsasound start
# exit
> kmix


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Debian Multimedia :: 7.7 (stable) System - Intermittent Crackly Sound In KDE

Dec 29, 2014

We recently installed KDE on our Debian 7.7 (stable) system. However, upon logging in, the piano roll was crackly and distorted; similar, if not identical to this [URL] .... problem. However, disabling HDMI output in PulseAudio Volume Control, as recommended in the "solution" in the above link did not fix the issue, and we do not think the other solution of updating the kernel is likely to be a solution, since audio is fine in GNOME. Because of this, it seems likely that the problem is with Phonon, KDE's sound layer.

Here is some of the info about the system:
- Dual-boot Debian 7.7/Windows Vista 64-bit
- AMD sound hardware
- Only analog stereo is used; HDMI is not
- AMD CPU and (integrated) GPU

This seems to be a problem about half the time. Also, sound tends to play better when being played the second time in a row, and adjusting the volume even slightly seems to have an immediate effect on improving the sound quality.

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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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Ubuntu Multimedia :: No DVD Playback In 10.04

May 9, 2010

I have followed the instructions in - [URL]. It doesn't seem to read when I put a DVD in. I'm not great at Ubuntu so a few pointers.

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May 31, 2010

Yesterday I fresh installed Ubuntu 10.04 64 bit LTS on my Toshiba Laptop. This is my second time with Ubuntu so bear with me. I got everything working even the webcam but it won't play dvd movies. When I go to the DVD player icon and try to open it...its won't because it doesn't recognize the dvd format.I have searched but only end up trying stuff that didn't work for it. I guess what it needs is Codec's.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: MKV To Mpeg For PS3 Playback?

Oct 19, 2010

B4 I had ubuntu i use win7 and use mkv2vob to mux to mpeg for playback on ps3 but what can i use to convert in linux and not with wine

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: No DVD Playback After Upgrading To 10.10 / Fix It?

Dec 1, 2010

I upgraded from Ubuntu 10.04 to 10.10.

I could play a particular DVD in totem without any problems immediately before the upgrade. Immediately after the upgrade I could not play that particular DVD. I got the error message below code...

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: VLC DVD Playback Without Any Voice

Jul 27, 2011

I can play the DVD, but without any voice overs. The music comes in fine, same with the picture. It isn't just VLC. Same problem in Movie Player. Didn't know till just now.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Instant Mic Playback In 11.04?

Sep 1, 2011

Is there a way to do this? I've googled but only found things related to older versions.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: DVDs Playback With Odd Colors

Jan 30, 2010

I recently upgraded my girlfriend laptop to 9.10 and now, for some odd reason, when she plays DVDs on her laptop (the most recent attempt was the latest Harry Potter movie) the movie would play back fine but the colors for everything were way off. I've re-added the medibuntu software sources to her system and applied all available updates but it didn't help.

This problem did not occur on my own computer when attempting to play the exact same DVD.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Sound Playback Like In Windows 7

Feb 14, 2010

Is there any way to make Ubuntu play sound like Windows 7? I mean when i, for example, listen to music in Windows 7 the sound is much clearer and besides that i can use room correction to obtain a better surround feeling, but when i listen to music in Ubuntu the sound is not very clear and it sounds like stereo even though the sound is played back through all the speakers (the bass is also a little bit to high).

So far i've tried installing the alsa driver and modifying the output levels of each channel, but didn't quite have the same result as the room correction feature in Windows, and the sound wasn't any clearer either. Note: I have an onboard Realtek soundcard and Logitech x530 speakers

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Apr 17, 2010

I have libdvdcss, libdvdread (i think it was called), and restricted extras - i even followed the instructions on the documentation. they still wont play. I run 9.10 64bit on my laptop, and 10.04 on my desktop.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: VLC Mp3 Glitches On First Seconds Of Playback?

Aug 8, 2010

On almost each mp3 file I try to play, VLC will "lag" during the first seconds. There may be some screeching noise. It looks like vlc can't keep up with the bitrate, and it "skips" some bits.

This doesn't happen with totem (the default media player).

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: DVD Playback Failure On New Install 10.04

Aug 9, 2010

I have tried loading/playing (many different) dvds via VLC / new install of 10.04 (on a laptop through which I had been able to play / burn / rip dvds until I "upgraded")...this is what transpires:

Playback failure:
DVDRead could not open the disc "/dev/sr0".
Your input can't be opened:
VLC is unable to open the MRL 'dvd:///dev/sr0'. Check the log for details.
The log reveals:

dvdread error: DVDRead cannot open source: /dev/sr0
main error: no access module matched "dvd"
main error: open of `dvd:///dev/sr0' failed: no access module matched "dvd".

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: CD / DVD Creator - No Proper Playback

Aug 11, 2010

I have a DVD that I am trying to burn to a disc. What I have is a VIDEO_TS folder. First I burned just that to the disc and it plays fine in my standard DVD player, but when I try to play it back using Ubuntu's Movie Player, it acts like it is going to play for a split second and then goes into stop mode. So, I tried burning the disc again, but this time I added and empty AUDIO_TS folder to it. Still plays fine on the DVD player, but in Movie Player it plays the menu. Only it doesn't show any image, just a '>' symbol that you can move with the mouse.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Bad DVD Playback Through BR-04B2T Blu-ray Reader

Aug 12, 2010

I'm having some issues with DVD playback. Blu-ray playback is not an issue (at least no more than it is for anyone else using Linux), but when I try to play a DVD the video is garbled and choppy, same as the audio. (see attached picture).

I'm using an Asus BR-04B2T blu-ray reader and an Evgo nVidia gtx460 with nvidia-current drivers.

I removed the blu-ray drive and put a friends dvd drive into my computer to test and see if it's the graphics card or the drive, and the DVD player worked perfectly, flawless playback, so I know it's the drive.

Also the drive is not faulty. Both DVD and Blu-Ray work fine under my windows 7 partition.

I forgot to mention, VLC behaves the same as all other players, as shown in this picture. Also you can almost make out that I'm trying to watch the Simpson's box set my friend got me.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: AVI Video Playback Tearing?

Oct 23, 2010

I'm sorry if this was asked before (i know it was but never worked for me) 2 days ago I installed ubuntu 10.10, my very first linux OS and I immediately fell in love with it.The only problem now, is tearing during video playback (I'm a perfectionist with a thing for fine details, so this is literally killing me)

I have nVidia 9200M GS (HP laptop)
I've set nVidia setting to sync vblank and disabled it in compiz
I've also disabled PowerMizer..

I love the system to give up some vsync issues in moving windows, but i just can't get over video tearing. I'm ready to install anything, change anything, even do a new clean install to get it working. UPDATE: Installed SMPlayer, works fine but drops couple of frames every 5 secs or so (more annoying than tearing lol) is there any specific settings that can fix that?

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Music Playback Too Fast In 10.04?

Oct 27, 2010

I am having music playback issues in lucid right now. When I try to play music through any player, the music plays at a slightly higher speed - roughly 10% faster (a 3:17 song finishes in 2:5. I tried installing 10.10 and had the same problem, and I just went back to 10.04 with a fresh install and still seeing the issue. Is this a common problem for people? My sound hardware is the following as reported by lspci

00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 50)

For reference, I also have 2 other boxes in the house running 10.04 with different sound hardware with no issues. Their hardware are:

00:06.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP55 High Definition Audio (rev a2)

00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Not So Smooth Playback On Totem

Nov 14, 2010

My totem media player hangs a lot.The video playback is not smooth ..as if i am on a very old computer and believe me i am not. though everything runs smooth on vlc . but i'd still prefer totem if it can be fixed.i running ubuntu 10.10 , the graphic card i have is Nvidea 8600GTM

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Fresh Install - No DVD Playback

Dec 6, 2010

I have tried Totem, MPlayer, VLC, and Gnome Media player. Downloaded plugins automatically, tried:
sudo apt-get remove gnash gnash-common libflashsupport mozilla-plugin-gnash swfdec-mozilla && sudo apt-get install alsa-oss faac faad flashplugin-nonfree gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse gstreamer0.10-pitfdll libmp3lame0 non-free-codecs sun-java6-fonts sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin unrar

and got
Virtual packages like 'libflashsupport' can't be removed
Package gnash is not installed, so not removed
Package gnash-common is not installed, so not removed
Package mozilla-plugin-gnash is not installed, so not removed
Package swfdec-mozilla is not installed, so not removed

The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
linux-headers-2.6.35-22 linux-headers-2.6.35-22-generic
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 7 not upgraded.
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Package sun-java6-jre is not available, but is referred to by another package.

This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source. Package sun-java6-fonts is not available, but is referred to by another package.
E: Unable to locate package non-free-codecs
E: Package 'sun-java6-fonts' has no installation candidate
E: Package 'sun-java6-jre' has no installation candidate
E: Package 'sun-java6-plugin' has no installation candidate

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Playback And Record At Sametime ?

Feb 22, 2011

I wish to record what I hear, and hear it through the speakers at the same time. Doesn't sound to unreasonable.

I first of had problems getting it to record anything at all, so threads here and here helped.

The problem I have is I can only switch between having playback/volume/output through the speakers AND no feed/volume to the recording process, OR the recording process has a audio source but I cannot hear it!

Im sure I had it working so it played out the speakers and recorded briefly, but dont know what I've done!

I installed many audio type packages along the way to getting it to record at all. I dont know what I need and dont.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Xine DVD (iso) Playback Broken In 10.10?

Mar 23, 2011

I recently updated all my desktop/laptop and MythTV boxes to 10.10 and now Xine freezes if I hit any key or try to exit. No error message or anything, just freezes. It happens on ALL my machines. I can watch the movie fine as long as I don't hit any keys

sample launch:

xine --no-splash -V Xv dvd://mnt/mserv/DVD/ZATOICHI.iso

Everything worked fine in 10.04. I would love to eventually switch to MPlayer, VLC, or something else but I haven't found one that reliable supports menus, chapters, multiple audio tracks, 5.1 surround output, etc. from an ISO file. Why has no one caught up to Xine?

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Ogv And Mp4 Video Playback Looks Scrambled?

Apr 8, 2011

Both MP4 and OGV playback completely weird on my Ubuntu 10.04.2 laptop:

The resolution/length/etc is correct, but the picture is all weird. Webm doesn't work at all.

I tried mplayer, kmplayer, smplayer, gxine, totem and kplayer. All the same.

However, the exact same video's play back normally in HTML5 pages with a bunch of browsers on the same machine. They also play back normally on a Windows machine. There is no DRM involved.

Aren't these gstreamer en mplayer based players supposed to handle this correctly?

This is an Intel Core i3 machine with Intel HD graphics.

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May 18, 2011

i am loving the ubuntu 10.10 interface.my laptop is a toshiba satellite l450 (3gb ram + 2.10ghz amd proc essor. i use a ati radeon hd 3200 graphics card.i have to manually adjust the sound settings if i plug in a headphone or a hdmi cable to suit the necessary output. windows did this automatically.my video quality is very very poor. if i run videos on any browser or watch a movie (avi file) on totem or vlc it is very jumpy and the sound is often out of sync.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Convert Invalid MP4 For Playback On The PS3?

May 31, 2011

I've just been searching in vain for a way of converting a MP4 I have that is h264 video and aac audio, so that it will play properly on the PS3.

It currently will play on the PS3 but at double frame-rate and without sound. I'm not particularly wanting to re-encode the whole thing.

to how to demux the audio and video streams from the MP4 would be useful.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Couldn't Get HD Playback Working

Jul 27, 2011

I installed today xubuntu on my new Asus eeePC 1015B I have only one mayor issue left. Could not get the HD playback wokring right now. in the 1015B there is a ATI HD6250 build in I installed the properitay driver 11.7 Catalyst. (I followed the Ubuntu Natty Installation Guide from [URL]... Than I installed libva1 from PPA: [URL]... and its modified vlc player. Also I installed [URL]... When playing a Video my CPU goes to 100 so I guess the hardware acceleration does not work..


What can I do next? VLC has its inner option set to use Hardware acceleration

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Kubuntu (Maverick) - No CD Playback

Aug 6, 2011

Using Kubuntu Maverick. It's probably all my fault but I cannot get CD's to play.
Amarok: for the life of me, I cannot understand how to get CDs to play. In Lucid Lynx CD playing was unusable because it would crash by the second or third song; now, I cannot even get the program to start playing my CD.
KsCD: worked in Lucid Lynx, crashes in Maverick.
KPlayer: it does play the CD, but it does so jerkily, that is, it stops every 10-15 seconds. Unusable.
Kubuntu is not a crappy OS that cannot even play a CD.

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