[mythtv-users] VDPAU Error: DISPLAY PRE-EMPTED. Aborting playback.

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Mon Jan 25 01:15:42 UTC 2010

On Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 1:16 PM, Christian Szpilfogel
<chrisznews4 at rogers.com> wrote:
> Frank Merrill wrote:
>> On Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 2:48 PM, Christian Szpilfogel
>> <chrisznews4 at rogers.com> wrote:
>>> Has anyone else seen this error and found a solution? It only seems to
>>> happen on my Nvidia 8400GS with GPU G98 and 512MB; my 9300's have no
>>> issue.
>>> I've tried a variety of nvidia drivers and I'm running myth version 23247
>>> It seems to happen with videos player in 480i encoded with H.264 or
>>> simple
>>> mpeg2 videos. Both of these only with VDPAU.
>> So, only this 8400GS card, and only when using VDPAU..  Are you sure
>> you don't have any heat issues with that card?
>> With VDPAU the GPU would of course be working much harder, and getting
>> hotter.
>> I'm guessing if you played the same files in mplayer using VDPAU it
>> would also occur there.
> True and no I'm not certain. It could be an instability issue of some form
> with the card including heat. Mind you the system doesn't have to be up very
> long for this to happen. I've tried shifting slots and setting a variety of
> bus timing settings.
> Per your thought, I'll dig out a fan and strap it on to the card and see if
> that offers any more stability. It is passively cooled so it is possible the
> GPU is heating up and becoming unstable.

to watch the gpu temp log in via ssh and run:

export DISPLAY=:0
watch nvidia-settings -q gpucoretemp

watch runs the command every 2 seconds, you can watch the temp climb
when you play something.

ctrl-c to exit.

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