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Unable to play video (any format) on e-Machines laptop running ubuntu

Unable to play video (any format) on e-Machines laptop running ubuntu

I have a cheap e-Machines laptop - a D620 - running ubuntu 8.10. I'm using Gnome and have installed very little beyond the defaults. For some reason, no movies play on my computer at all. They start, but after the movie player appears initially, it just exits. Same results with mpeg & avi. Sometimes I get audio while it's playing, but no picture.

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Guest [Entry]

"Run any given player from the Terminal, and see whether you get a useful error message when the program exits. Try this with all of them, and edit your question to show the messages.

If you get nothing useful, try running VLC or one of the others inside strace, and see if there are any missing libraries.

Is fglrx installed? Check in synaptic, or post the output of ""dpkg --get-selections | grep fglvrx"". As an alternative you could try the radeonhd driver."