I dunno how to put this, but...
mtv (mpeg tv), the commercial mpeg player, can play (mpeg/vcd) videos
on my system (the one with the GeForce 4 MX 440), but xine, xmms (with
the sdl-smpeg plugin), and mplayer all put out a blank (brown in xine,
blue in the others) rectangle where the video should normally be.
I play vlc and when it plays to the SDL plugin, it does the same
thing; when it plays to the x11 output plugin, it actually outputs
normally (although the video is still garbled on the bottom half of
This has happened on every distro I have installed - my old slackware
(main), and even Mandrake 8.0, 9.0, and even the new 9.1beta, along
with RedHat 7.3 and 8.0.
I've been trying to find debugging data on why this is happening, but
I'm coming up zilch here.
Is there anyone around who knows anything about X, to say nothing of
why this is happening?
(MS Windows seems also not to like this card, as it has trouble
capturing output in Media Player via a screenshot - it captures a
blank rectangle where the video should be...hmmmmmm...)
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