VLC Media Player crashes with .avi files

Discussion in 'Video Hardware' started by SparkyGuy, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. SparkyGuy

    SparkyGuy Guest

    I'm running VLC 0.9.9a -- the last release for PPC -- under OS X 10.4.11. I
    have Perian 1.1.3 component installed.

    All .avi videos I start playing crash within a few seconds.

    Is 0.9.9a really the stable release for PPC & 10.4.11? Or is there a more
    recent / stable version? This page gives the basic instructions as to what
    version is compatible with what:


    The ftp archive of releases is quite baffling with no real descriptions of
    what's compatible with what:


    Any ideas why VLC is crashing on me?

    SparkyGuy, Jun 26, 2009
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    SparkyGuy Guest

    Any ideas why VLC is crashing on me?

    I "downgraded" to VLC 0.8.6i and the crashing went away. Fixed the symptom
    but the problem is unknown...
    SparkyGuy, Jun 26, 2009
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  3. The DRM in the porn vids is not compatible.
    Dave Balderstone, Jun 26, 2009
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    ushere Guest

    OMG, a mac that crashes?

    (exit stage right shaking head in disbelief...)
    ushere, Jun 26, 2009
  5. SparkyGuy


    "rc" in the version number usually means "release candidate". It's not a
    normal public release but rather a kind of beta - normally in an
    rc version, no new features will have been added from the previous
    test releases, but bugs will have been fixed.
    , Jun 26, 2009
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    Warren Oates Guest

    Runs fine on my Mac too (0.9.9a). What's your point?
    Warren Oates, Jun 26, 2009
  7. No, it did the same here, if I put too many music files in the music
    library lists. The newest version 1.0.0rc4 is far more stable and I
    haven't had any problems with this build.

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    Erik Richard Sørensen, Jun 26, 2009
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    Calum Guest

    Nobody here said their Mac crashed. Just one bit of software, which
    isn't written by Apple. Even Apple can't stop other people from writing
    crap software.

    At least, when other people's software crashes on a Mac, it doesn't
    leave all sorts of random problems that usually end up with you having
    to reboot the damn thing.
    Calum, Jun 26, 2009
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    J. Clarke Guest

    If you find that unacceptable then you should get it fixed That is not
    normal behavior for Windows 2K and later. If you find it acceptable then
    why do you mention it?
    Personally I just don't buy Apple products. Their "Mac vs PC" ads have so
    far cost them the sale of an iPod and an iPhone. It is a style of
    advertising that reflects badly on Apple. As a matter of principle I do not
    if I have another option buy products from companies whose advertising
    consists mostly of bashing the competition. I don't vote for politicians
    whose advertising does that either, which in some cases means that neither
    major party candidate gets my vote.
    J. Clarke, Jun 27, 2009
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    J. Clarke Guest

    Lemme guess--the last time you actually used Windows was in 1998.
    J. Clarke, Jun 27, 2009
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    ushere Guest

    fanboi with knickers in a twist ;-)

    seriously, as ken pointed out, if you must cross dress / post, you leave
    yourself open to all sorts of abuse...
    ushere, Jun 27, 2009
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    J. Clarke Guest

    I don't know any people whose computers have failings. I used to but I did
    my job too well and now they don't need me anymore.
    I did? Care to link the post in which I did that? I believe that you have
    me confused withs someone else.
    Because that's the direction the conversation has taken? However please
    provide a link to _any_ post, _anywhere_, in which I have used the term
    Actually, I'm hanging around "rec.video.desktop". If I had noticed the
    crosspost I would not have even participated in the discussion. Perhaps if
    you Mac people weren't so easily stirred up the trolls wouldn't be
    crossposting to your newsgroups.
    J. Clarke, Jun 27, 2009
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    Warren Oates Guest

    Jesus H. Fuckbucket, you must be a real fun guy to be around.
    Warren Oates, Jun 27, 2009
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    J.J. O'Shea Guest

    Nah. This morning. WinXP Pro 32.

    It crashed. Froze up solid, had to be restarted.

    I was performing a test: that machine had been freezing often when Computer
    Associate's Internet Security Suite was installed. I'd removed it and put AVG
    on instead. Freezes went away for weeks. I deleted AVG, put CA ISS back on,
    and it froze again, in the same way as before, within 12 hours. CA ISS is now
    gone from that machine, and AVG is back.

    I'm currently awaiting a little chat with CA tech non-support. I can't _wait_
    to see how they explain this. Anyone what to bet that they try to blame
    something, anything, else for the problem?

    As Macs don't have any serious malware infestations, the last major malware
    to be on the loose being back in 1998, Macs don't have AV packages which can
    crash the whole computer...
    J.J. O'Shea, Jun 27, 2009
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    J.J. O'Shea Guest

    But they don't have to. Anyone who runs a WinBox anywhere near the Internet
    and _doesn't_ have AV installed is just begging for the beating he's gonna
    get. Mac users don't need AV, so any AV wounds are strictly self-inflicted.
    If they gotta have AV, let 'em use ClamXav. It's free, and it doesn't kill
    your machine.

    And, after my previous experience with Symantec products, Norton anything
    will never, ever, again be installed on any machine I'm responsible for, Mac
    or Windows.
    J.J. O'Shea, Jun 27, 2009
  16. This is ridiculous.

    Apple can't even make THEIR OWN software run without crashing on THEIR OWN
    MACHINES! You guys missed that?

    Apples weren't virus targets in the past because NO ONE USED THEM!

    A Mac can be infected just as easily as any PC can.

    If it weren't for the iPod and the iPhone Apple would have gone the way fo
    the Dinosaur.

    I have three 8 core macs here and 44 PCs. The only difference between them
    is that OSX is more like a Playskool OS and requires a lot more effort to do
    simple things. I usually run XP on the macs because OSX is dog slow

    One of the reasons third part apps crash is because ever since OSX was
    introduced it has been UNFINISHED! So developers have a much tougher task
    than you might think.
    Flatulent Father Flannigan, Jun 27, 2009
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    Tom Stiller Guest

    Father Flannigan's flatulence is in his brain.
    Tom Stiller, Jun 27, 2009
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    Tom Stiller Guest

    I called no one a name.
    Tom Stiller, Jun 28, 2009
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    John Varela Guest

    This entire thread was crossposted to


    by the Original Poster, who seems to have abandoned the thread.

    If you check back, you'll see that it was Ken who didn't recognize
    the difference between an application crash and a system crash and
    had to make an ignorant and gratuitous dig at Mac users.
    John Varela, Jun 28, 2009
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    John Varela Guest

    Ye Gods! Mac OS X is UNIX, which has been finished for some time
    John Varela, Jun 28, 2009
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