[vlc-devel] What could cause VLC to freeze?

Peter Tap ptrtap at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 28 10:30:22 CET 2013

Hi Frode,

Thank you for your help.

Once it freezes, just killing vlc has not been sufficient. We have to reboot the machine.

All the packages that were installed on the machine have been up to date. 

The only special driver we have installed is that of nvidia card (nvidia-current).


----- Original Message -----
From: Frode Tennebø <frode at tennebo.com>
To: Mailing list for VLC media player developers <vlc-devel at videolan.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 11:59 AM
Subject: Re: [vlc-devel] What could cause VLC to freeze?

On 27 March 2013 17:59, Peter Tap <ptrtap at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Things work fine most of the time. However, once every couple of weeks, VLC would just freeze on a random machine. The keyboard
> and mouse would also stop responding.
> I can ssh into the machine but I cannot figure out why the freeze is happening.

What is required to get vlc working again?  Is it sufficient to just
kill the vlc process or do you have to reboot?  I have experienced
similar lock-ups on some systems which I believe have been caused by
the X11 sub-system, most likely the frame-buffer driver.  Whether I
have to reboot or just kill the process is a bit random.  Depending on
your hardware you might want to upgrade your packages (if you have not
already done so) or switch driver.

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