[mythtv-users] vdpau and the star-studded screen of death

Mitch Gore mitchell.gore at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 16:32:01 UTC 2009

On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 10:24 AM, Kenneth Emerson <kenneth.emerson at gmail.com
> wrote:

> I haven't seen any discussion on a problem that I have been observing since
> changing to the vdpau renderer.  Since I installed an HD-PVR for my cable
> company's STB, I've been forced to use vdpau with my GeForce 9500 GT (1Gb
> RAM). 90% of the time it works great; however, after some amount of (unknown
> but > 8 hours of recording viewing) time I begin to see some tearing and
> stuttering during playback of a recording.  This seems to be a prelude to
> what I call the star-studded screen of death.  When these symptoms develop,
> once I end the playback, the screen goes black with a sprinkling of white
> dots in a random pattern.  Once this happens, I haven't found any way back
> except to re-boot.  I have tried restarting X (gdm) and unloading and
> reloading the nvidia driver module with no success of resetting the video.
> If no one else is seeing this, I'm beginning to wonder if it isn't a
> hardware failure of some sort.  The board is a fairly new MSI PCIe x16
> board.  The only clue is having recently started using vdpau.  Anyone have
> an idea of what to try next?
> I am running Ubuntu 7.04 and MythTV trunk v22864 and nvidia driver 190.42.
> -- Ken E.
My first inclination would be a heat issue.  How is your case cooling.  Is
this a passive cooling card? Maybe play your recording and watch
nvidia-settings temp gauge to see if its really high.

Or try and just stick a fan near it to assist.

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