[vlc-devel] Re: Problems opening 2 or more streams at the same time

Benjamin Pracht bigben+spam at videolan.org
Tue May 3 21:47:06 CEST 2005

On Tue, May 03, 2005, James wrote :
> Hello People,
> I hope somebody can help me (again :)..
> I have problems when I try to open 2 or more
> streams at the same time on my machine.. I open a
> VLC and everything works fine. When I open a
> second VLC, and try to receive another stream,
> the window opens but it remain black, and it
> appears the following information on
> command-line:
> [00000460] vout_directx video output error:
> overlay unuseable (might already be in use)
> With other machines this problem does not happens
> and I can open as many streams I want.
> My computer is a Pentium III with onboard video
> card.
> Is this problem a hardware limitation? Or can I
> fix it?
> By the way, to open more than one stream, I open
> more than one VLC. Is it possible with only one
> VLC opened receive some streams together?

Try disabling overlay or selecting the gdi video output in the video
preferences of the seconf VLC. I thought VLC was supposed to fallback to
non overlay/gdi automatically, though...


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