[arch-general] mplayer2 deprecation

Karol Blazewicz karol.blazewicz at gmail.com
Wed Oct 30 20:24:32 EDT 2013

On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:38 PM, kendell clark <coffeekingms at gmail.com> wrote:
> hi all
> Since mplayer2 has been deprecated and moved to the aur, i've been trying to
> find another console video player that will play videos in full screen. I've
> tried mplayer and mpv, neither of which seem tow work. Browsing the arch
> wiki, I see I need kms enabled, so have set radeon.modeset=1 in my grub
> config file, and added radeon to the modules section of mkinitcpio.conf.
> After this, videos play, but only after adding fbdev2 to mplayer's config
> file, and only in a small box on screen, it won't stretch. Can anyone help
> me find a video player that will work? I have vlc for x, but I don't launch
> x that often. For now, I've used downgrade to install mplayer2 and it's old
> version of libquvi.
> I'll attach my .mplayer/config file for reference. Please note that when I'm
> using mplayer2, I don't select a video driver, mplayer picks the one that
> works, so I'm not at all sure which one ut's using.
>  My system has an ati radeon hd4200 graphics card with the xf86-vide-ati
> package for x. I have no special configuration in x, I simply installed
> x, xfce, and x vlc, and the videos played.
>                  I hope this helps.
> Thanks
> Kendell clark

Check the output of mplayer2 to see which driver is it using. You can
specify the driver (e.g. fbdev2) in the command line too.
IMHO playing videos in the console is a strange idea as X drivers
don't work there ... Why are you doing this?

You should be able to build mplayer2 yourself and keep using it.

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