[mythtv-users] no playback

Nick Bradaschia nickbr at gmail.com
Sat Aug 7 16:32:14 EDT 2004

Thanks for the info!
When I start the frontend w/ the command you provided, I do get to see
the video and playback recorded vids. within the frontend!  Pretty
exciting!  I think that means that my video card is a piece of crap,
right? It was free, so I don't mind parting with it for something
better (with hardware acceleration).
When I run a video w/ the mplayer -vo xv -fs <filename> command, I get
this error:
X11 Error BadAlloc (insufficient resources for operation)
Mplayer crashed.  This shouldn't happen.

Not sure what it means.  I have never set up drivers for my video
card.  I don't know how to do this.  I've looked for a driver but have
not found one that sounds similar to the TV Wonder VE.

Thanks again for the help! I think we're getting to the source!


On Tue, 3 Aug 2004 09:23:32 -0400, Joseph A. Caputo
<jcaputo1 at comcast.net> wrote:
> On Monday 02 August 2004 19:25, Nick Bradaschia wrote:
> > JAC-
> > Thanks for the reply.
> > I do have some messages coming at me from the frontend.
> > When I first start mythfrontend, I get the following:
> >
> > mythtv: could not connect to socket
> > mythtv: No such file or directory
> > lirc_init failed for mythtv, see preceding messages
> These are LIRC errors.  I'm guessing you haven't set up LIRC on this
> machine?  You can safely ignore them for now; it just means you can't
> use an IR remote control until you get LIRC properly set up.
> > and when I switch to live tv, I get:
> >
> > Watching Live TV
> > 2004-08-02 19:00:58 Changing from None to WatchingLiveTV
> > X Error: BadAlloc (insufficient resources for operation) 11
> >   Major opcode:  141
> >   Minor opcode:  19
> >   Resource id:  0x2a0000
> Well, I don't know what this error indicates, specifically, but I'd
> guess that at least one of your problems is video output.  What's your
> video setup like? (video card, driver/version, VGA or TV-out, XFree86
> or X.org ?)
> Also, just to check, try playing something (any video media you have on
> hand; a DVD would work) with mplayer using the following command:
>         mplayer -vo xv -fs <filename>
> This will make sure that mplayer tries to use the same video output
> method that MythTV uses (Xvideo), so at least you'll be comparing
> apples & apples, so to speak.
> You could also try running mythfrontend with the following command:
>         env NO_XV=1 mythfrontend
> If your playback works using this method, then the problem might lie in
> your video card/driver's Xv support.  Unfortunately, running this way
> will probably peg your CPU, so it's not a useful long-term solution,
> but it might help narrow down the problem.
> >
> > I'm not sure what they mean.  I've looked for a mythtv.conf but was
> > unable to figure out where the init info is stored.  Not sure what
> > the 2nd error mean either... "insufficient resources"??
> There is no "mythtv.conf".  Myth gets most of its configuration data
> from a MySQL database.  There is a single file, <prefix>/share/mythtv/
> mysql.txt (or ${HOME}/.mythtv/mysql.txt) that tells Myth where to find
> the database when it starts up.
> -JAC
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