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Midgetprawn
July 24th, 2008, 02:14 PM
I am setting up an old Dell Dimension 1Ghz 512 Mb Ram with edubuntu to run in my classroom. I have used VLC before to play videos on XP with this system but now it flashes up then off.
I have installed the medibuntu files and followed the links from that page but still VLC and totem and Mplayer start up and crash immediately.
Is it me?:confused:

Midgetprawn
July 24th, 2008, 02:29 PM
Ok tried something new
sudo apt-get -y install gstreamer0.10-pitfdll gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse

but these are coming back as up to date. Any more suggestions?

caljohnsmith
July 24th, 2008, 06:11 PM
Try launching VLC from the terminal (just type "vlc" in the terminal) so you can see what errors it might output before crashing. That will hopefully give some clues.

Midgetprawn
July 25th, 2008, 09:07 AM
Typed in Vlc and tried to open disc and got this

-desktop:~$ vlc
VLC media player 0.8.6e Janus
[00000297] vcdx access error: fread (): Input/output error
[00000297] access_file access error: read failed (Input/output error)
[00000297] access_file access error: read failed (Input/output error)
[00000297] access_file access error: read failed (Input/output error)
[00000297] access_file access error: read failed (Input/output error)
[00000297] access_file access error: read failed (Input/output error)
[00000297] access_file access error: read failed (Input/output error)

........ repeated for a lot of lines

Midgetprawn
July 25th, 2008, 11:35 AM
I advance at a snails pace but I advance.

Latest output after running vlc dvd:///dev/scd0



libdvdread: Elapsed time 0
[00000349] a52 decoder: A/52 channels:2 samplerate:48000 bitrate:192000
The program '.' received an X Window System error.
This probably reflects a bug in the program.
The error was 'BadAlloc (insufficient resources for operation)'.
(Details: serial 86 error_code 11 request_code 140 minor_code 19)
(Note to programmers: normally, X errors are reported asynchronously;
that is, you will receive the error a while after causing it.
To debug your program, run it with the --sync command line
option to change this behavior. You can then get a meaningful
backtrace from your debugger if you break on the gdk_x_error() function.)


any use?

caljohnsmith
July 25th, 2008, 01:59 PM
So is VLC loading up OK but just crashes/gives problems when you try to access a CD or DVD with video? If that is the case, try using VLC to play a video file on your HDD, and if it works OK, then you know you have a problem reading CDs/DVDs. And if that's the case, try copying/ripping the video from the CD/DVD to your HDD and make sure Ubuntu can do that, and that will tell you whether it is truly a VLC problem or a general problem accessing your CDs/DVDs.