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    Question Trouble playing videos

    AVI movie files aren't playing well in Ubuntu. I get audio but the screen stays black, there's no picture. i downloaded VLC player and mplayer and neither of them work. Same thing: Black screen with audio.

    Is there a codec pack out there that I should download or something?

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    Re: Trouble playing videos

    Have you installed the restricted extras?

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    Re: Trouble playing videos

    VLC comes with its own dependencies. Sounds more like a faulty AVI file than a codec problem. Right-click on one of your problem AVIs > Properties > Audio/Video tab. What codecs (if any) are showing under Video and Audio?
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    Re: Trouble playing videos

    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecat View Post
    VLC comes with its own dependencies. Sounds more like a faulty AVI file than a codec problem. Right-click on one of your problem AVIs > Properties > Audio/Video tab. What codecs (if any) are showing under Video and Audio?
    Every file and even other video playing programs do the same thing so i think it has something to do with the system

    I attached a picture of the properties window.
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    Re: Trouble playing videos

    Try this then, install mplayer-nogui and play your videos from terminal.

    Code:
    sudo aptitude -y install mplayer-nogui
    Playing video from terminal:

    Code:
    mplayer /path/to/your/video/file
    Almost all the video's can play here.None of the video's failed for me.

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    Re: Trouble playing videos

    Hmm. Xvid and mp3 shouldn't be a problem. When I said that VLC came with its own dependencies I was sure that it didn't need the restricted-extras stuff, but try installing the package ubuntu-restricted-extras (if you haven't already) just in case.
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    Re: Trouble playing videos

    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecat View Post
    Hmm. Xvid and mp3 shouldn't be a problem. When I said that VLC came with its own dependencies I was sure that it didn't need the restricted-extras stuff, but try installing the package ubuntu-restricted-extras (if you haven't already) just in case.
    Installed them, but still nothing...
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    Re: Trouble playing videos

    Quote Originally Posted by Brii View Post
    Installed them, but still nothing...

    Have you tried the one which i told you in my last post.

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