ubuntu-8.10-alternate-i386 LTS multimedia players recently died
dpchrist at holgerdanske.com
Sat Nov 15 06:37:27 UTC 2008
I have a ubuntu-8.10-alternate-i386 machine running LTS. I've noticed
that the video and sound players have recently died. If I try to play a
sound or video file, the players start, do nothing, and then turn gray
after 5-10 seconds. When I try to close them, I get a dialog:
The window "<name>" is not responding.
Forcing this application to quit will cause you to lose any unsaved
Cancel Force Quit
I'm not sure exactly when the problems started, but some possibilities
come to mind:
1. I installed the Dragon video player, because the default video
player didn't work correctly on certain MPEG clips (very jerky playback,
large portions skipped). Dragon was smoother, but the colors were very
strange. When I then tried the default player, the jerkiness was still
there, as was the color problem. So, I rebooted and ignored it for a
few days. Now video playback is dead.
2. I uninstalled Dragon, but the problems persist.
3. I've installed updates, when notified that they were available.
Are there log files I can look at for clues? Are there any other
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