When I try to play videos using XV I have approx. 1/5 chance of very weird
The video gets initialized (from what I can see) and then the whole screen
rolls horizontally very fast like on a really broken television. After that the
screen goes black and keyboard/mouse are unresponsive.
SSHing to the computer reveals couple things.
There is a kernel process something like [krootimg] and it's defunct. There are
also couple "udev xv" processes hanging. Killing X removes them and everything
works perfectly afterwards.
I have i865G and everything has worked earlier just fine. I can't however point
to any specific upgrade. I would appreciate any ideas.
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This log will show something getting smashed up.. You tell me what?
You might want to give my updated i810 driver a try that's available
at http://www.fairlite.demon.co.uk/intel.html and see if that helps.
Make sure you back up the old one just in case, and re-report here. Thanks.
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Logs of the attempt
With that driver X won't start up at all.
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In case these could help. I tried disabling dri/gl for the last attempt btw.
Sorry, my fault, I've just uploaded another. Try that.
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The same happens again
This time I got actually to see a video. For the first time. When I stopped,
the crash happened. And this time
root 1811 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? Z 19:50 0:00 [krootimage]
won't get killed.. Ah well, time to reboot.
Can you tell me which player are you using and the version of it ?
Also, does it happen with all videos or just a specific one ?
Also, are you running a 2.6.11 kernel ?
If so, maybe it's the kernel upgrade if you say it's worked before ?
Latest version available: 1.0-r1
Latest version installed: 1.0-r1
Latest version available: 1.0_pre6-r5
Latest version installed: 1.0_pre6-r5
126.96.36.199 but I've tried with the newer ones as well.. And with all media files,
assorted formats & codecs etc. There isn't any sane pattern in them.
Now this will take a moment to isolate the sucker. My previous experiences are
with xine-lib based players. I will test with mplayer backend and with the
older kernel versions.
At this moment however I can't seem to be able to crash anything! (Though I
have done it ~5 times a day for the last couple weeks.) The bug - whatever it
is - is elusive. I would like more dependable bugs more. :-P
As I know that I have had problems with xine-lib based players I will use
mplayer for a while. If the bug doesn't appear up, there's a hint. If it does,
I will try with the older kernels. If it still does, ah well.. But this might
take couple days unless if I got really lucky.
I have tested out this now enough to be almost sure of the following:
- Kernel version shouldn't change the behavior
- I can't get mplayer based stuff crashing
- It seems to be xine-lib based players that are causing trouble
- It might be that specifically Kaffeine (that uses xine as the backend) is
causing the crash but not the other xine based players. I am not sure about
My kaffeine is kaffeine-0.6
So the same video plays fine with mplayer but not with kaffeine ?
I've uploaded a new driver on my web site that has some debugging enabled in the
log and a few updates for Xv. Give that a try, and if it still happens attach a
new log that should show me some more details on what's happening.
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The enhanced logs of the crash
Yes, I got no problems with mplayer based stuff it seems. I am sorry this took
a bit since I had to (because of other reasons) rebuild all my software
completely from scratch.. (Compiling stuff like KDE on my older P4 takes ages.)
Here's the 2 log files that I found after the crash. I had to run through a few
dozen long videos to get the bug appear so there's 10+ megabytes of it. I
thought however that you can spot the important parts, if there are such..
This time I got the crash when Kaffeine initiated the xine-lib / xv stuff. I
managed to see the first frame(s) of the videos for a few split seconds and
I've uploaded a new driver to try at my website again. Can you try that as it
has more debugging information.
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Logs with the next version
Ok, that took only a few seconds.. Seeing anything of use?
I'm tracking something that may be causing it, but I've uploaded another version
with yet more debugging. Try again.
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There we go again!
Ok. Now I took a look at the log.. The last a few lines.. Is that a joke?!
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More more more
These seem slightly different? I will upload an other set just in case..
I've uploaded another to try. This will hopefully help.
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Not quite yet
It seemed at first that it would work. At the most usual crash positions there
was a delay/hickup for a tiny amount of time but there was no crash. I kept
trying and managed once more to smash it.
O.k. It seems as though your application creates a really small video window for
a single frame which causes the downscaling to overflow.
I've uploaded another test driver to see if it helps.
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Almost there but not yet
This time I can see the small blue canvas for the overlay on the upper left
corner. There is no spinning effect of the whole screen but it still locks up.
ok. it looks like there might be another path for overflow. Try the latest driver.
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There we went again.
Crash Boom Bang.
O.k. Is there a chance I can get my hands on the video you are playing - legally ?
Rather than waste time with ping ponging ?
And just checking that you are still using kaffeine 0.6 ?
Take for instance
Yes, that Kaffeine version.
Please note this:
- I have got a few hundred video clips that can do the same. It is very
unlikely that the "video file is somehow faulty", though it is possible as
- It doesn't always happen with the same clip. It's pretty much random.
- It doesn't always happen on the same spot (most usually at the first frame(s)
- Most of the videos that have been able to do it have been of those Windows
Media formats. Go figure.
I've uploaded a new driver that works here. Try it and let me know how you get on.
I'll close this now as I can't replicate it with the latest version.
Re-open if you still have a problem.