Author Topic: VLC probs  (Read 35260 times)

0 Members and 2 Guests are viewing this topic.

Offline Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 18277
  • Karma: 479
  • Gender: Male
  • "-rw-rw-rw-" .. The Number Of The Beast
    • View Profile
    • Awards
Re: VLC probs
« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2013, 06:44:33 pm »
After doing what SeZo suggests .. if they still won't play, can you try running an mp4 in VLC, and in VLC hit Ctrl+J
(as SeZo suggests .. you need to have *some* free disk space as it no doubt buffers the file to the local drive to some extent)

then report back what it says the Video and Audio Codecs are .. and I'll try find a small test file for you to download.

[EDIT]

To do as SeZo suggests .. hit Ctrl+Alt+T to open a terminal.

then one at a time enter the commands SeZo gave you, and hit enter to run them

the commands that start with "sudo" will prompt for your password .. just enter it and hit enter.
(be aware, when entering your password nothing will be echoed to screen .. not even *******)
WARNING: You are logged into reality as 'root'
logging in as 'insane' is the only safe option.
pcnetspec.co.uk

Offline Melissa

  • Vintage nerd
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1511
  • Karma: 1
  • Gender: Female
  • Been a Linux user since around 2010
    • View Profile
    • Awards
Re: VLC probs
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2013, 06:51:17 pm »
Do you know how to open the Terminal in Mint?
If you do then just copy and paste each of those lines (waiting for the previous to finish first) and hit enter to run.

I know the terminal is under system...ok will try that thanks.
My computers:
Acer Chromebook
Asus notebook x102B, running on Peppermint 9.


In a world without fences and walls, who needs Gates and Windows?

The Linux Community Forum

Re: VLC probs
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2013, 06:51:17 pm »

Emegra

  • Guest
Re: VLC probs
« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2013, 06:54:51 pm »
Hi SeZo

In case Melissa follows your instructions you may want to correct the typo on the 3rd instruction

Offline Melissa

  • Vintage nerd
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1511
  • Karma: 1
  • Gender: Female
  • Been a Linux user since around 2010
    • View Profile
    • Awards
Re: VLC probs
« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2013, 06:57:13 pm »
"29.1 MB disk space will be freed."


I have no idea what all those codes meant! VLC isn't any better though. Thanks for your help guys- next step is to get the new hardrive installed and I bet it will run better.
My computers:
Acer Chromebook
Asus notebook x102B, running on Peppermint 9.


In a world without fences and walls, who needs Gates and Windows?

Emegra

  • Guest
Re: VLC probs
« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2013, 06:58:28 pm »
Quote
I know the terminal is under system...ok will try that thanks.

You normally find the terminal under "Accessories"

The Linux Community Forum

Re: VLC probs
« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2013, 06:58:28 pm »

Offline Melissa

  • Vintage nerd
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1511
  • Karma: 1
  • Gender: Female
  • Been a Linux user since around 2010
    • View Profile
    • Awards
Re: VLC probs
« Reply #20 on: August 13, 2013, 06:59:52 pm »
After doing what SeZo suggests .. if they still won't play, can you try running an mp4 in VLC, and in VLC hit Ctrl+J
(as SeZo suggests .. you need to have *some* free disk space as it no doubt buffers the file to the local drive to some extent)

then report back what it says the Video and Audio Codecs are .. and I'll try find a small test file for you to download.

[EDIT]

The Mp4s play, it's the mkvs playing with smudgy pixels. And when I scroll back the sound often goes off and I have to re start it. I will  try what you suggest above now...

To do as SeZo suggests .. hit Ctrl+Alt+T to open a terminal.

then one at a time enter the commands SeZo gave you, and hit enter to run them

the commands that start with "sudo" will prompt for your password .. just enter it and hit enter.
(be aware, when entering your password nothing will be echoed to screen .. not even *******)
My computers:
Acer Chromebook
Asus notebook x102B, running on Peppermint 9.


In a world without fences and walls, who needs Gates and Windows?

Offline Melissa

  • Vintage nerd
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1511
  • Karma: 1
  • Gender: Female
  • Been a Linux user since around 2010
    • View Profile
    • Awards
Re: VLC probs
« Reply #21 on: August 13, 2013, 07:03:37 pm »
Video codec H264 MPEG -4 AVC ( part 10) ( avcl)

Audio codec- A52 aUDIO (aka AC3) ( a52)
My computers:
Acer Chromebook
Asus notebook x102B, running on Peppermint 9.


In a world without fences and walls, who needs Gates and Windows?

Offline SeZo

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1855
  • Karma: 145
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
    • Awards
Re: VLC probs
« Reply #22 on: August 13, 2013, 07:08:28 pm »
@Emegra
Ooops, corrected

@Mellissa
The first line df -h would have given you staistics about the filesystem usage.
The second line apt-get autoremove would have removed any unused or partially uninstalled packages from your system
The third line apt-get clean would have removed any downloaded packages which have been left after installation

It would be handy if you could post the output from:
Code: [Select]
df -h
just to give us some idea how bad the space shortage is

Offline Melissa

  • Vintage nerd
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1511
  • Karma: 1
  • Gender: Female
  • Been a Linux user since around 2010
    • View Profile
    • Awards
Re: VLC probs
« Reply #23 on: August 13, 2013, 07:16:27 pm »
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1       6.5G  4.6G  1.7G  74% /
udev            490M  4.0K  490M   1% /dev
tmpfs           199M  960K  198M   1% /run
none            5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
none            497M  3.2M  494M   1% /run/shm
/dev/sdb1       299G  215G   84G  73% /media/Spock
My computers:
Acer Chromebook
Asus notebook x102B, running on Peppermint 9.


In a world without fences and walls, who needs Gates and Windows?

The Linux Community Forum

Re: VLC probs
« Reply #23 on: August 13, 2013, 07:16:27 pm »

Offline Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 18277
  • Karma: 479
  • Gender: Male
  • "-rw-rw-rw-" .. The Number Of The Beast
    • View Profile
    • Awards
Re: VLC probs
« Reply #24 on: August 13, 2013, 07:19:14 pm »
Here's a 5mb mp4 (H264) for you to download and try:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11876059/bunny.mp4

AAC audio, not AC3 .. but VLC shouldn't have problems with either.
WARNING: You are logged into reality as 'root'
logging in as 'insane' is the only safe option.
pcnetspec.co.uk

Offline Melissa

  • Vintage nerd
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1511
  • Karma: 1
  • Gender: Female
  • Been a Linux user since around 2010
    • View Profile
    • Awards
Re: VLC probs
« Reply #25 on: August 13, 2013, 07:29:01 pm »
Very cute! Runs well thanks Mark. I have two sets of files on the portable hardrive- mp4s and mkvs. It's the mkvs that are not running so well- clear then smudges into pixel squares, clear, pixel squares etc.
My computers:
Acer Chromebook
Asus notebook x102B, running on Peppermint 9.


In a world without fences and walls, who needs Gates and Windows?

Offline SeZo

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1855
  • Karma: 145
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
    • Awards
Re: VLC probs
« Reply #26 on: August 13, 2013, 07:34:37 pm »
Quote
/dev/sda1       6.5G  4.6G  1.7G  74% /

According to the output it seems that you have 1.7G free. Obviously not big enough for those video files.

That 6.5G partition looks odd to me.
Could you please post the output from below(that is lowercase L):
Code: [Select]
sudo fdisk -l
This would tell us the size of the hard drive and the partitions.

Offline Melissa

  • Vintage nerd
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1511
  • Karma: 1
  • Gender: Female
  • Been a Linux user since around 2010
    • View Profile
    • Awards
Re: VLC probs
« Reply #27 on: August 13, 2013, 07:37:27 pm »
Believe me the local Linux guys found it odd as well- as I said some idiot took out the original hardrive before selling it! But I do have a proper good one for them to install when they have the time. What's a partition?


Disk /dev/sda: 8012 MB, 8012390400 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 974 cylinders, total 15649200 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000251bd

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *        2048    13572095     6785024   83  Linux
/dev/sda2        13574142    15648767     1037313    5  Extended
/dev/sda5        13574144    15648767     1037312   82  Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdb: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0944c949
« Last Edit: August 13, 2013, 07:40:04 pm by Melissa »
My computers:
Acer Chromebook
Asus notebook x102B, running on Peppermint 9.


In a world without fences and walls, who needs Gates and Windows?

Offline Melissa

  • Vintage nerd
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1511
  • Karma: 1
  • Gender: Female
  • Been a Linux user since around 2010
    • View Profile
    • Awards
Re: VLC probs
« Reply #28 on: August 13, 2013, 07:38:55 pm »
Don't know if this of help but here's a link to mkv files- the problem, not the mp4s.


http://www.afterdawn.com/guides/archive/how_to_play_mkv.cfm
My computers:
Acer Chromebook
Asus notebook x102B, running on Peppermint 9.


In a world without fences and walls, who needs Gates and Windows?

Offline Melissa

  • Vintage nerd
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1511
  • Karma: 1
  • Gender: Female
  • Been a Linux user since around 2010
    • View Profile
    • Awards
Re: VLC probs
« Reply #29 on: August 13, 2013, 07:47:48 pm »
I found this on a Mint forum- someone else had problems with mkvs on Mint:


http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=202&t=60602
My computers:
Acer Chromebook
Asus notebook x102B, running on Peppermint 9.


In a world without fences and walls, who needs Gates and Windows?

 


SimplePortal 2.3.3 © 2008-2010, SimplePortal