Solved [FIX] Major Flaw with VLC Media Player 2.0 with Windows XP

March 12, 2012 at 21:41:05
Specs: Windows XP, 1.07GHz/1.25GB
I've discovered a flaw (and subsequent fix) installing VLC Media Player 2.0.0 under Windows XP.

For an odd reason, it installs with the default video output as "default". This results in the following garbled image, see my screenshot:

The fix for this is to go into Tools > Preferences > Video and change the Output setting (first pulldown menu) from "default" to "Direct X (DirectDraw) video output":

I'm not sure why the VideoLAN team did this but it's likely they are unaware of this error.

I've installed this and duplicated the error multiple times on different computers, by following the above instructions you will be able to successfully use VLC Media Player 2.0.0.

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March 12, 2012 at 21:54:46
Thank you sdfox 7... Whenever I have called on VLC Media Player for a video it always takes ages to load. I followed your advice and the programme loads in a flash. I must admit that I never had your problem though.


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March 13, 2012 at 10:16:45
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Doesn't seem to effect version 1.1.11. Videos played with no problems when I made the change to default. The older version I've been using had it already set to Direct X (DirectDraw) video output. Thanks for letting us know that setting might change in the recent version and that it could cause a problem.

Please let us know if our advice was able to help you.

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March 13, 2012 at 16:23:18

Correct, this problem does not exist in the older versions of VLC.

That's why VLC 1.x.x functions properly without tweaks.

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March 13, 2012 at 17:13:28
Not all systems benefit from that choice. Directx may be correct for your system but not all others.

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March 13, 2012 at 17:53:22

I understand your point, but considering the installer is a Win32 installer, the default SHOULD be DirectX. The only supported OSes for VLC 2.0 are WinXP, WinVista and Win7, which all use DirectX.

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March 14, 2012 at 13:03:44
Doubt it. I'd guess your system is odd. I'd guess that it should use GPU and for some reason yours isn't fully functional.

As you can see, there are very few other posts that claim VLC 2.0 has any bugs related to directx choice.

I do want to thank your for solving a problem that some others may have.

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