Why won't any of the Linux/Ubuntu 10.4 video players play any video format?

Asked by Robert Hoipkemier on 2010-09-10

Machine is Compaq Presario SR1110NX Intel 2.53 GHZ 768 DDR 8meg On-board Video(unknown brand). I'm running Ubuntu 10.4.
Besides the Totem player, I've got VLC, the MPlayer movie player,Miro Internet TV. I've installed Flash, any codecs package That I could find, but when I try to play .flv, .avi, .divx files the players will only play the sound but not the visual.(Totem cancels out altogether.)
And why doesn't a player automatically find a suitable codec? Why hasn't the Ubuntu programmers put a working media player with all the standard codecs already installed?

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Hsn (alshawaf) said : #1

did you install this package ubuntu-restricted-extras? it may solve your problem

you can install it from Synaptic go to
System --> Administration --> Synaptic package Manager

or use this command on terminal
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Doug McMahon (mc3man) said : #2

It may be a video output issue, not codec support.
Try using x11 output
To set in gstreamer to test totem run this in a terminal and set under video tab - Default output - plugin to X widow System (No Xv


vlc can be set in tools - preferences - Video - output plugin or tested by opening in terminal w/
vlc --vout x11

to get vlc debugging use
vlc -vvv --vout x11

mplayer from cli

mplayer -vo x11 /path/to/filename
or verbose w/

mplayer -v -vo x11 /path/to/filename

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