Re: mplayer: jumping around
On 10/11/09, JoeHill <email@example.com> wrote:
> Liviu Andronic wrote:
> > Recently I encountered this nasty, aggravating behaviour in mplayer:
> > moving the computer (say, creating a little vibration by knocking on
> > the table, or simply moving a muscle when on my laps) will cause
> > mplayer to scroll forwards or backwards (any of the available 10 or 60
> > sec, or 5 min). At times it continues like this until the
> > end/beginning of the file. Many times it seems to appear randomly,
> > perhaps on earth quakes or when a heavy truck passes in the
> > neighbourhood.
> > I suspect that the behaviour is caused by the accelerometer that
> > should be present on the notebook, the one that should catch
> > out-of-norm accelerations, shut down the hard drive and prevent data
> > loss. I was once curious on how this works on Linux, and installed
> > couple of packages similar to hdapsd and hdaps-utils. Since I removed
> > these, without any change in mplayer behaviour. As a final note,
> > mplayer looks like the only misbehaving application. Oh, and all this
> > happens on an HP Pavilion dv3.
> > Any ideas on how to work around this issue? Thank you
> This is a long shot, but mplayer sometimes does that to me in a
> relatively minor way because the mousewheel moves slightly without me touching
> it (my mouse is kinda old).
> Is it possible that the scroll pad on your laptop is being activated by shocks
> or vibrations? Is there some way you could temporarily disable the touchpad and
> test it?
> Anyway, like I say, this is a totally wild guess, but the problem did sound
> somewhat familiar to me.
> Another thing to try is to run mplayer from a terminal and see if the output
> gives you any hints as to what's happening in the background.
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