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[Solved] mplayer version 1.0rc2-4.3.2 has trouble disabling the screensaver in my configuration.  This led to a 5-10 second pause before playback started.  I'm running 64bit Ubuntu, Intrepid Ibex.

The first solution is to disable this feature (to disable screensaver disabling).  Add this to ~/.mplayer/config:

stop-xscreensaver = no

And modify the entry in ~/.mplayer/gui.conf:


A second possible solution is to start the dcopserver before running mplayer.  Enter dcopserver in a shell, and this may help.

This temporary measure should workaround the delay until the mplayer dev team has a good fix, and it's propagated to your distribution.

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Edited on Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 2:57 a.m.