some time ago, before trying to get dvds to play (trouble with DVDs - openSUSE Forums) i used vlc for my video player. then one day i had problems. normally when i would start up vlc it would be in a small window and i would double click to maximize to full screen (i have used vlc before regularly using suse/linux with win and have been satisfied with what i could play on it). everything would play well, video and sound, but when i double clicked the window it would maximize, the video would go away and my entire screen would turn a shade of grey, every time i clicked it would turn a darker shade of grey until it was black. with the shades of grey i could still see icons, etc. it was like a grey filter was applied to my screen. i could still hear the sound but grey to black (depending on clicks). the only way to get the screen back to normal status is to restart. i have even gone into yast and selected an earlier version of vlc to see if that may be the issue, but it didnt have any effect.
i am using suse 10.3 and from the post link above i have installed various video related items (libdvdcss2, w32codec-all, etc.)
i now regularly use kaffiene, but would be nice to resolve this issue.