Fatal Error in Ubuntu Operating System

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Hi I got attacked with a fatal error in Ubuntu operating system and I wanted the video to be enabled but I am unable to perform the operation as it is telling me that error in initializing the video out.

So please provide your solution.

Thank You.


Error opening/intializing the selected video_out(-vo)device.

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Fatal Error in Ubuntu Operating System



Thank you for your question. I have researched it extensively in the internet and here is what I have come up with.

You have not specified but I can tell that you are having this problem in the media player named MPlayer. Problem in enabling video files seems to be a common problem in this software. But fortunately there are solutions for it and all you need to do is a little bit of tweaking. So please follow these steps:

You have to change to an appropriate video output. There are a lot of options for video output so you have to go for trial and error and find the appropriate one for the file in question.

From your home directory, go to the file .mplayer/gui.conf and check for a line

"vo_driver = "whatever""

This is where you have to specify the video output file format. You can put:

 vo_driver = "xv"

This seems to help run most of the video files. But you will still have problems playing movie files. For that you should just go for gmplayer, MPlayers frontend.

Hope this solves your problem!

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