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mplayer plays video with audio but vlc, totem players plays only audio. Tried reinstalling nvidia drivers, restricted-extras package, etc. I cant figure out how to troubleshoot

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This may have to do with codecs... What file format are the video's you're playing in? – Wescrock Dec 31 '12 at 15:44

You could find the used codecs of your FILE by typing

mplayer -frames 0 -identify FILE

Then search the net, if your desired players support those codecs. Or ask here.

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