Getting Totem Working

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davidpgil
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I'm trying to use the default video player (Totem) in Trisquel 8 and when I run it via Terminal, by typing "totem" I see the following:

MESA-LOADER: failed to retrieve device information
MESA-LOADER: failed to retrieve device information
libva info: VA-API version 0.39.0
libva info: va_getDriverName() returns 0
libva info: Trying to open /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/dri/i965_drv_video.so
libva info: Found init function __vaDriverInit_0_39
intel_do_flush_locked failed: Invalid argument
libva info: va_openDriver() returns 0

Any idea how I can solve this error and get Totem working?

boba
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I have also not been able to use Totem for a long time on Trisquel, maybe ever since I started using Trisquel almost three years ago. If I use the launcher, the window closes instantly after appearing. Through the terminal I get similar error messages to the ones you quote.

VLC is quite OK for a replacement but I still miss the lean touch of the Totem interface.

Magic Banana

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It looks like the issue is with Intel's rendering code, in the kernel. Have you tried running totem with a different version of the kernel?

boba
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I cannot be absolutely positive about it, but I seem to remember that Totem was not working with Trisquel 7 already when I installed at some point in the middle of 2017, because I clearly remember to have had some hope it would work when I upgraded to Trisquel 8.

Magic Banana

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In Trisquel 7, Totem was actually the default video player. I had no problem with it. I only switched to VLC when I adopted Trisquel 8.

boba
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I see. Could it be that the problem appeared at some point in the long life of Trisquel 7? Otherwise it must have appeared with the first Trisquel 8 kernel, but I would have thought the updates would have brought a newer kernel since.

I have not kept up for a long time with kernel cycles and updates, though. Could it rather be that the problem appeared with the Trisquel 8 kernel, and would only be possibly solved with Trisquel 9? My hopes might then not have been about the new version of Trisquel but about activating system updates (recommended) in addition to security updates for Trisquel 8 in order to try and fix the problem. To no avail, obviously.

EDIT: Totem works fine on Trisquel 9, so we Totem lovers now know what to do.

Magic Banana

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You can easily have Trisquel 9's default kernel in Trisquel 8: install the package named "linux-image-generic-hwe-8.0". It is in Trisquel 8's repository.

boba
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That's good to know, thanks.