Problems with video output

Lothar Braun lothar at
Thu Feb 15 22:14:31 UTC 2007

Hi Richard,

On Thursday 15 February 2007 20:39:07 Richard Crawford wrote:
> Now, though, Xine drops frames like crazy, Democracy just hangs, and OpenGL
> screensavers perform so slowly that I frequently think they've simply
> frozen.
> I have installed no software outside of the normal updates, which makes me
> think that something that came through the pipe -- possibly the newest
> kernel image? -- has broken my ability to watch smooth video.
> I've tried reinstalling fglrx but that didn't do any good.

You can run

glxinfo | grep direct

to see if you have opengl hardware support enabled (you may need to install 
the package mesa-utils in order to perform glxinfo)
If you get the output 

direct rendering: No

then your problem is that hardware 3D support isn't enabled. Can you post the 
contents of /var/log/Xorg.0.log? It may contain some usefull information 
about your problem.

Best regards,

Who is General Failure and why is he reading my hard disk?
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