Video "sparklies"

Just installed 11.2 on a friend’s computer. Followed the restricted formats sticky as usual. When I play mpeg or avi files with Smplayer, mplayer, or vlc I get sparklies on the screen. Kaffeine/KDE3 and xine work just fine.

Anybody experienced this?

Never had this.
Why are you using old kde3 stuff?

Did you mean you followed this
Multi-media and Restricted Format Installation Guide - openSUSE Forums

  1. Because the kaffeine installed by the restricted formats method does not allow for audio equalization while the KDE3 version does.

  2. Yes I used the guide and did NOT use the one click install.

What output video mode do you have selected for each media player?

I’m not sure I understand the question. Do you mean the aspect ratio, or the full screen/smaller screen mode?

No I mean the output video mode. Look at the settings/preferences for vlc, smplayer, and xine (you need xine-ui installed to do that) and examine the video output mode.

Some examples - smplayer:](

Also, we need to know the graphic hardware and what graphic driver you are using? You can learn about that here: openSUSE Graphic Card Practical Theory Guide for Users - openSUSE Forums The 2nd last post in that thread is an index into the remainder … (I’m going to fix that order of posts via a new post eventually).

Are special desktop effects enabled? If so, does this effect occur when special desktop effects are disabled?

Well, did I ever cook my goose! I decided to delete the problem players and start over again. I selected them for deletion with Yast and approved the list. I honestly cannot say what happened at that point, but it started the deletions and then the doorbell rang. By the time I got back Yast had deleted MUCH more than I anticipated, I saw Network Manager disappearing followed by Konsole. I aborted, but there was so much missing that I decided to re-install. The installation was problematic. Twice. The install disk md5sum had been verified earlier. The HD formatting took a very long time and would not finish. I went looking for a hardware problem. I found a loose SATA cable, replaced it and the next install succeeded. I am slowly replacing all my applications. I will try to retrace my steps after my frustration subsides.

In the meantime, thanks for all the suggestions. I will report on my progress later.