Is anyone having issue viewing avi's/mpg's with Kubuntu Jaunty?

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at
Fri May 1 03:08:12 BST 2009

Orthaide wrote:
> Hello all,
> I recently did a full iso-disk install to Kubuntu Jaunty and really dig 
> the new KDE features. The only issue I'm having is that whatever video 
> program I use (Dragonplayer, Kaffeine, Kmplayer, etc)... I get audio but 
> no video. Just a blue screen. I believe all my codecs are installed, and 
> tried running kaffeine with both xine and gstreamer. The only driver 
> that seems to work is the xshm, but the video is jumpy and crashes the 
> program.
> After doing several google searches, I see this has happened in the past 
> with other versions of Linux, but couldn't find a solution.
> I'm sure this isn't a KDE issue, and although this is a KDE forum, 
> perhaps I'm asking in the wrong area. So please forgive me in advance. 
> But even if someone can point me in the right direction, I'd be much 
> obliged :-)
> Also, as a note.... just prior to this (last week) I was running 
> Intrepid for several months, and never had the problem.
IIUC, AVI is just a container format -- it can use various codecs. 
Playing some formats is dependent on actual MS-Windows DLLs (and other 
files) which were probably not included in the distro.  These should be 
installed in $PREFIX/lib/codecs/ [PREFIX is probably '/usr'].  My 
directory has 133 files in it.

If you don't have these, they can be downloaded from:

depending on whether you want just the common ones or everything.

There is information here:


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