• Video Playback Pauses


    Whenever a video is played, the video will pause at random - while the audio continues to play - and then continue playing normally where it is still properly synced with the audio.

    The odd part? it happens in every single video playback instance. YouTube? Pauses. Netflix? Pauses. VLC? Pauses. mpv Media Player? Pauses. No matter what’s playing, windowed mode or fullscreen, the video will inevitably pause at random intervals.

    What’s my video card and driver? Results of nvidia-smi are as follows:

    +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
    | NVIDIA-SMI 367.27                 Driver Version: 367.27                    |
    |-------------------------------+----------------------+----------------------+
    | GPU  Name        Persistence-M| Bus-Id        Disp.A | Volatile Uncorr. ECC |
    | Fan  Temp  Perf  Pwr:Usage/Cap|         Memory-Usage | GPU-Util  Compute M. |
    |===============================+======================+======================|
    |   0  GeForce GT 520      Off  | 0000:02:00.0     N/A |                  N/A |
    | 40%   49C    P8    N/A /  N/A |    246MiB /   963MiB |     N/A      Default |
    +-------------------------------+----------------------+----------------------+
                                                                                   
    +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
    | Processes:                                                       GPU Memory |
    |  GPU       PID  Type  Process name                               Usage      |
    |=============================================================================|
    |    0                  Not Supported                                         |
    +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
    
  • @derklempner said in Video Playback Pauses:

    …What’s my video card and driver?..

    The easiest way to discover it is to use inxi utility. Install it along with mesa-demos package:

    sudo pacman -Syu inxi mesa-demos
    

    Then run inxi with -Gxx option. This is an example of inxi running on Intel GPU:

    $ inxi -Gxx
    Graphics:  Card-1: Intel Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:0a16
               Card-2: NVIDIA GK107M [GeForce GT 750M] bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:0fe4
               Display Server: X.Org 1.17.4 driver: intel Resolution: [email protected]
               GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Haswell Mobile GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.2.2 Direct Rendering: Yes
    $
    

    The driver is displayed on the last line, GLX Renderer: In the above example it’s Intel Haswell Mobile, which uses Mesa 11.2.2.

    In the example below I make inxi to run on Nvidia GPU:

    $ optirun inxi -Gxx
    Graphics:  Card-1: Intel Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:0a16
               Card-2: NVIDIA GK107M [GeForce GT 750M] bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:0fe4
               Display Server: X.Org 1.17.4 driver: intel Resolution: [email protected]
               GLX Renderer: GeForce GT 750M/PCIe/SSE2 GLX Version: 4.5.0 NVIDIA 364.19 Direct Rendering: Yes
    $
    

    The GPU in use here is GeForce GT 750M, which uses NVIDIA 364.19 video driver.

  • @just

    Was there a point to your comment, or were you just showing me another way to give the information I gave? Is it necessary to know what version of Mesa is installed? I assumed knowing that everything except video playback works perfectly (games aren’t even affected) would be enough information, as well as the GPU and driver being used.

    I’ve tried reseating the card as well, but that has had no effect.

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