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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Edinburgh Scotland UK

    videos just a black screen

    . I decided to try UBUNTU out I still have windows on my hard drive laptop & Pc as well as UBUNTU. I am having a problem viewing videos, just a black screen. I can watch some on you tube not the majority & none on yahoo. I managed to fix the problem on the laptop which was a abode flash down load. I tried the same with the PC I am not having any joy. Could someone in cyber space give me some hints tips & idiot proof instructions. I think I am now doing more damage than good. (please make any instructions IDIOT proof) All help will be received with thanks & a few hoorays.
    Thank you & all the best.

    In the meantime I am going to start reading the beginners guide. I am just used to clicking to get things done but willing to learn. Apart from that I am very impressed, stay cool.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Northamptonshire, England
    Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

    Re: videos just a black screen

    Have you tried the following?
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
    That package contains some restricted codecs/etc.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2008

    Cool Re: videos just a black screen

    Same problem here, randomly started happening yesterday. It does not matter what player I use I just get a black video box. The sound still plays fine though.
    However if I switch user and log on as someone else the problem does not exist and everything is fine???

    Linux Mint 8 - Helena (based on Ubuntu 9.10)
    Gnome 2.28.1
    Nvidia driver version: 190.53
    GeForce GTS 250


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