[mythtv-users] Unable to Initialize Video

Greg Mitchell greg at nodecam.com
Wed Jun 8 03:32:16 UTC 2005

Here's my environment:

AMD64/GeForce FX 5200 based gentoo backend server
XBox frontend

Everything is running 0.18.1, and working fine.

I want to run mythfrontend on the AMD64 box as well, but have no 
interest in TV out (it's going to be hooked up to a projector if I ever 
get it working)

Anyway, mythfrontend runs fine, and I even get a preview video when I go 
to "Watch Recordings" but when I pick a recording, I get an "Unable to 
Initialize Video" message, and the log shows:
2005-06-07 21:01:08.925 Broadcasting free space avail
2005-06-07 21:01:08.929 Broadcasting free space avail
2005-06-07 21:01:08.931 Killing AudioOutputDSP
2005-06-07 21:01:08.934 OutputAudioLoop: Stop Event
2005-06-07 21:01:08.934 kickoffOutputAudioLoop exiting
2005-06-07 21:01:08.934 Changing from None to WatchingPreRecorded
2005-06-07 21:01:08.934 Decoder not alive, and trying to play..
2005-06-07 21:01:08.937 Changing from None to None

and I can't watch anything.

I just emerged 0.18.1 tonight, hoping that explicitly stating the "X 
-directfb" use flags might have an impact, but it doesn't seem to have 

Any thoughts on how I can get this going?  Any further information I can 
supply to help diagnose what's wrong?

Thanks in advance,


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