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    Default Can't watch videos

    I can neither use kaffeine nor VLC to watch divx-files (didn't test other file types) anymore. I believe that a software update must be the culprit, as I could watch the files one week ago and otherwise didn't even look at the configuration of my notebook.

    The actual behaviour of kaffeine is that I can hear the audio, but the screen remains black. VLC doesn't even show a black screen, although I hear audio, too. My guess is that the decoder doesn't work right anymore, but I don't know how to track the real cause down.

    In the meantime, would it be possible to select over YAST an older version of the software package being the culprit? This would be easier if I'd which package is the actual cause here.

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    selecting an older version of a program is as easy as opening YaST - software management, find the program & selecting the versions tab & selecting the version you require, then clicking accept. If the version is still in the repo,it will be installed,or, if it's on the install media you will be asked for the media to be inserted

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    Maybe you're using a crippled version of VLC? I know Novell likes to cripple media players so they don't have legal issues. You should try installing VLC from the official Videolan repos.

    If that doesn't work, post the message log.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benjamin_Xiao View Post
    Maybe you're using a crippled version of VLC? I know Novell likes to cripple media players so they don't have legal issues. You should try installing VLC from the official Videolan repos.
    To my knowledge, Novell does not provide VLC, and hence they do not provide a crippled version of VLC. (They provide crippled versions of gstreamer, xine and amarok).

    In my view there are typically 2 problems that can stop users VLC from working:

    a. they have inappropriately mixed videolan and packman rpms. The rpms from those two repos do not always work well together. I recommend users stick with Packman and do not install Videolan rpms (with exception of libdvdcss2).

    b. when users enable "special desktop effects" for 3D/the-cube, etc ... that can cause problems with video. The work around that I have read works is to switch vlc output video module to x11 instead of xv.

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    Default Re: Can't watch videos

    >
    > b. when users enable "special desktop effects" for 3D/the-cube, etc ...
    > that can cause problems with video. The work around that I have read
    > works is to switch vlc output video module to x11 instead of xv.
    >
    >


    That was the cause of my video problems. Removing Compiz restored the video
    play functionality.

    HTH

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltaflyer44 View Post
    selecting an older version of a program is as easy as opening YaST - software management, find the program & selecting the versions tab & selecting the version you require, then clicking accept. If the version is still in the repo,it will be installed,or, if it's on the install media you will be asked for the media to be inserted

    Andy
    It seems that the repos don't have the older versions available anymore - at least the packages I checked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldcpu View Post
    a. they have inappropriately mixed videolan and packman rpms. The rpms from those two repos do not always work well together. I recommend users stick with Packman and do not install Videolan rpms (with exception of libdvdcss2).
    How do I find all packages, which are installed from videolan?

    Quote Originally Posted by oldcpu View Post
    b. when users enable "special desktop effects" for 3D/the-cube, etc ... that can cause problems with video. The work around that I have read works is to switch vlc output video module to x11 instead of xv.
    Tried that, didn't work. vlc didn't also show the option to use xv anyway.

    @Benjamin_Xiao: I don't see a way to get at the message logs - from the GUI at least. Where are they stored?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jluber View Post
    How do I find all packages, which are installed from videolan?
    With openSUSE-11.0 its easy ... but you may have to briefly add videolan repos while you do the search.

    Here is how I do this (I'll use Packman as an example). If I type:
    zypper lr
    I get:
    Code:
    # | Alias                                       | Name                  | Enabled | Refresh
    --+---------------------------------------------+-----------------------+---------+--------
    1 | openSUSE-DVD 11.0                           | openSUSE-DVD 11.0     | No      | No
    2 | repo-non-oss                                | openSUSE-11.0-Non-Oss | Yes     | No
    3 | repo-oss                                    | openSUSE-11.0-Oss     | Yes     | No
    4 | openSUSE-11.0-Updates                       | openSUSE-11.0-Updates | Yes     | Yes
    5 | http://ftp.skynet.be/pub/packman/suse/11.0/ | Packman Repository    | Yes     | Yes
    From that I can see that my synax for packman is "Packman Repository". If I now type:
    zypper pa | grep 'Packman Repository' > packman-rpms.txt
    and then open packman-rpms.txt with a text editor, I can read a list of all Packman rpms available, of which the one's with an 'i' and 'v' next to them are installed on my PC.

    Simply do the same with videolan. (Note I obtained the syntax from the "name" column). Then remove the videolan repos when you are done.

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    Default Re: Can't watch videos

    Click View->Messages.

    If it is a codec problem, it should tell you which codec it doesn't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benjamin_Xiao View Post
    Click View->Messages.

    If it is a codec problem, it should tell you which codec it doesn't know.
    VLC tells me:

    Code:
    dc1394 error: Bad MRL, please check the option line (MRL was: <removed path>/video.mpg.avi)
    main error: no suitable decoder module for fourcc `DX50'.
    VLC probably does not support this sound or video format.
    So how do I fix this issue?

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