Movie player doesn't start and Google Talk crash [SOLVED]

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Movie player doesn't start and Google Talk crash [SOLVED]

Postby MR277 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:46 am

Hello! I am new arund here (this is my first post here, and I installled Linux the first time a week ago). I hope I posted in the right section, seeing that this is a multimedia problem in Mint XFCE 14.,

Last week I installed Mint XFCE in dual booth with Windows XP on a old Pentium4 with 1 GB RAM. The machine is too old and slow these days so I did want to try XFCE to see if I could continue to use it after XP will be discontinued.

After trying the Live DVD and seeeiing that everything seemed to work, I installed Mint XFCE 14. At the time of installation, my webcam was perfectly able to get my picture for my account.

After insytallation, I noticed that I couldn't play any video file. The Movie Plater (mplayer2) don't even start, and when I try to use it from the right-click menu, it doesn' work. And when I installed the Google Talk Video Accelerator plugin for Firefox and I tried to use Google Hangout, it crashed every single time.(I think that the two problems are tied because the green light on the webcam light, and it seems to be recognized by the system, it's playing the feed from the webcam that crash the plugin)

Coming from the Windows world, the first thing I thoungh was that I was missing the codecs, to I started to install a codec pachage after another from the Software Manahge. It didn't work, nothing changed. I was able to play the video files only after installing VLC, but the video quality is abysmal. I uninstalled and installed again mplayer2, firefox, google talk, etc, to no avail.

After some days of this, I decided to begin again, more slowly and carefully this time. I formatted and re-installed Mint XFCE from scratch, and I tried to play a video before checking the upgrades. Nothing. So I used the upgrade manager (there were really a lot of upgrades) and tried again. Nothing.

At this time, I tried to use the Terminal Emulator these are the results:

- Using mplayer alone:
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WARNING: gnome-keyring:: couldn't connect to: /run/user/MR277/keyring-pH4m86/pkcs11: No such file or directory
MPlayer2 UNKNOWN (C) 2000-2012 MPlayer Team

[followed by the descriprion of the commands]

- So I tried "mplayer filename", with a xvid avi
This time the video started, flawlessly, with even the external subtitles working (but the movie window had no button or controls, I had to use the keyboard, I don't know if it's normal for mplayer2 or not) this is what I got in the terminal:
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WARNING: gnome-keyring:: couldn't connect to: /run/user/MR277/keyring-pH4m86/pkcs11: No such file or directory
MPlayer2 UNKNOWN (C) 2000-2012 MPlayer Team
mplayer: could not connect to socket
mplayer: No such file or directory
Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.

Playing [xxxxxxxxxxxx]
Detected file format: AVI format (libavformat)
[mpeg4 @ 0xb65f6a00]Invalid and inefficient vfw-avi packed B frames detected
[lavf] stream 0: video (mpeg4), -vid 0
[lavf] stream 1: audio (ac3), -aid 0
VIDEO:  [MP4V]  704x396  24bpp  23.976 fps    0.0 kbps ( 0.0 kbyte/s)
Clip info:
 encoder: VirtualDubMod 1.5.10.2 (build 2540/release)
Load subtitles in xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
SUB: Added subtitle file (1): xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Failed to open VDPAU backend libvdpau_nvidia.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
[vdpau] Error when calling vdp_device_create_x11: 1
[ass] auto-open
==========================================================================
Opening video decoder: [ffmpeg] FFmpeg's libavcodec codec family
Asking decoder to use 2 threads if supported.
Selected video codec: [ffodivx] vfm: ffmpeg (FFmpeg MPEG-4)
==========================================================================
==========================================================================
Opening audio decoder: [ffmpeg] FFmpeg/libavcodec audio decoders
AUDIO: 48000 Hz, 2 ch, s16le, 384.0 kbit/25.00% (ratio: 48000->192000)
Selected audio codec: [ffac3] afm: ffmpeg (FFmpeg AC-3)
==========================================================================
AO: [pulse] 48000Hz 2ch s16le (2 bytes per sample)
Starting playback...
[mpeg4 @ 0xb65f6a00]Invalid and inefficient vfw-avi packed B frames detected
Movie-Aspect is 1.78:1 - prescaling to correct movie aspect.
VO: [xv] 704x396 => 704x396 Planar YV12
[ass] PlayResX undefined, setting to 384
A:  34.9 V:  34.9 A-V:  0.000 ct:  0.000   0/  0 13% 12%  3.5% 0 0
  =====  PAUSE  =====


So... anybody can help me with this problem?

About the webcam, it's a LOGITECH WEBCAM C200, noted in the hardware database as fully compatible. The system recognize the camera, this is what I read in "system informations"
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-Computer-
Processor      : 2x Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
Memory      : 1018MB (462MB used)
Operating System      : Linux Mint 14 Nadia
User Name      : MR277
Date/Time      : Thu 24 Jan 2013 05:39:19 AM CET
-Display-
Resolution      : 1680x1050 pixels
OpenGL Renderer      : Unknown
X11 Vendor      : The X.Org Foundation
-Multimedia-
Audio Adapter      : ICH4 - Intel ICH5
Audio Adapter      : USB-Audio - USB Device 0x46d
-Input Devices-
 Power Button
 Power Button
 AT Translated Set 2 keyboard
 UVC Camera (046d:0802)
 ImExPS/2 Generic Explorer Mouse


When I try to use google hangout the camera lights up, as when I use it in windows. The crash happen after a few seconds, right at the time the image from the camera should appear on my screen. It's for this reason trhat I think the two problems are tied.

In the fiest days I tried using other webcam applications (cheese) but nothing worked.

P.S.: I don't know if this could be useful, but when I upgraded from firefox 18 to 18.0.1, the upgrade terminal window had written at the end
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Waited for dpkg --assert-multi-arch but it wasn't there - dpkgGo (10: No child processes)
. I don't know if it happended with the previous upgrades too, I didn't think to check the terminal at the time.
Last edited by MR277 on Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:28 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Movie player doesn't start and Google Talk crash

Postby paed808 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:08 pm

I don't know about your first problems, but I have the same dpkg error as you, that recently started with the firefox update I think.
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Waited for dpkg --assert-multi-arch but it wasn't there - dpkgGo (10: No child processes)
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Re: Movie player doesn't start and Google Talk crash

Postby MR277 on Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:25 pm

I solved both the issues (video and hangout crashes) simply adding to the software sources the oibaF repository: https://launchpad.net/~oibaf/+archive/graphics-drivers

Now everything seems to work OK, but during this time I got used to use mplayer directly from the terminal, and returning to use a videoplayer with a graphical interface, with my old PC the difference in speed is noticeable (even with mplayer from terminal, I often had videos push the cpu use almost to 100). But at the same time the number of options in mplayer / mplayer2 is intimidating. Someone can suggest me a sort of "idiot's guide to mplayer" online to understand what they mean? (it's not that I can't find guides to mplayer, it's that a search turn up too many hits, I don't know how to select the right one...)
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