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Re: wmv locks entire system ever since upgrade to 6.0.1

On 22/03/11 15:16, Steven Sciame wrote:
> I understand what you are saying, but nothing responds.  The mouse
> moves, but nothing is able to be clicked on.  No menu's, windows,
> nothing.  I waited for 10 minutes and still nothing.   

Depending on your system nice settings 10 minutes isn't very long.

> Running from the
> Terminal did not reveal anything.  I couldn't ^C, right click, nothing.
> I am reluctant to do this because I am not sure if it is good to shut
> the computer down that way(holding the power button until it goes
> dead).  I have to then reboot, watch all of the udev errors fly by
> (sysfs no longer... use attr instead)  And since the mouse pointer
> doesn't work after a reboot, a suspend and wakeup is needed to get the
> laptop back to where I can reasonably use it.


> The contents of my sources.list are as follows
> steven@debtop:~$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list
> deb http://debian.uchicago.edu/debian/ squeeze main contrib non-free
> deb-src http://debian.uchicago.edu/debian/ squeeze main
> deb http://security.debian.org/ squeeze/updates main
> deb-src http://security.debian.org/ squeeze/updates main
> #Multimedia
> deb http://debian-multimedia.org/ squeeze main non-free

That'd be the most likely cause - IMHO it should always be commented out
unless you specifically want a package from there.

I'm guessing you have Totem set to use gstreamer as the backend - not
sure if its requires w32 codecs as well. If you had the multimedia
repository enabled when you upgraded to the last point release - it
"might" be what broke your system (especially if you have ffmpeg and
friends).... they can't be expected to instantly keep up with the main
Debian releases.

If it were me I'd (probably):-

comment out multimedia.org in sources.list

#apt-get update

check what removing totem will do:-
#apt-get -s remove totem | more

if it looks like you're not going to lose your gui:-

#apt-get -s remove totem > /root/list_of_what_will_be_removed
(in case re-installing leaves some packages out)

#apt-get install totem

test on your example wmv

If you use multimedia.org you should disable it before doing an system
upgrade *unless* you have pinning setup

> steven@debtop:/var/log$ dmesg | grep -i totem

unlikely to be useful, this might work better (before the reboot, if you
can get a vt):-
dmesg | tail

>     > This was fine before 6.0.1

Noted, also the lack of other people with a similar issue - which makes
me wonder if it's somehow related to your mouse problem...

>     >
>     <snipped>
>     If the mouse moves, the system hasn't crashed - if you wait it will most
>     likely respond.  Running top in a terminal window could be instructive.
>     Do you have any other video players installed? VLC? Kaffeine? Dragon?
>     Mplayer etc?

Cheers - I'll try and check back later this evening.

> A: Yes.
> >Q: Are you sure?
> >>A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
> >>>Q: Why is top posting frowned upon?

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