Totem playback blank screen

My Totem is playing back a blank screen regardless of video format (.mkv, .avi, .webm, etc.)

I’ve compiled mesa myself & appended the PKGBUILD below.
I do not suspect driver issue, though, because Pantheon Videos & VLC work properly.

I’ve emptied out ~/{.config,.cache,.local/share}/totem & reinstalled it, but no luck.

I have the following codecs installed

❯ pacman -Q | grep -E "gst-plugin"
gst-plugin-gtk 1.20.5-1
gst-plugin-pipewire 1:0.3.63-1
gst-plugins-bad 1.20.5-1
gst-plugins-bad-libs 1.20.5-1
gst-plugins-base 1.20.5-1
gst-plugins-base-libs 1.20.5-1
gst-plugins-good 1.20.5-1

Any clues as to what the issue might be?

# Maintainer: Laurent Carlier <>
# Maintainer: Felix Yan <>
# Contributor: Jan de Groot <>
# Contributor: Andreas Radke <>

pkgname=('vulkan-mesa-layers' 'opencl-mesa' 'vulkan-intel' 'vulkan-radeon' 'vulkan-swrast' 'libva-mesa-driver' 'mesa-vdpau' 'mesa')
pkgdesc="An open-source implementation of the OpenGL specification"
makedepends=('python-mako' 'libxml2' 'libx11' 'xorgproto' 'libdrm' 'libxshmfence' 'libxxf86vm'
             'libxdamage' 'libvdpau' 'libva' 'wayland' 'wayland-protocols' 'zstd' 'elfutils' 'llvm'
             'libomxil-bellagio' 'libclc' 'clang' 'libglvnd' 'libunwind' 'lm_sensors' 'libxrandr'
             'systemd' 'valgrind' 'glslang' 'vulkan-icd-loader' 'directx-headers' 'cmake' 'meson')
makedepends+=('rust' 'rust-bindgen' 'spirv-tools' 'spirv-llvm-translator') # rusticl dependencies
options=('!debug' '!lto')
validpgpkeys=('8703B6700E7EE06D7A39B8D6EDAE37B02CEB490D'  # Emil Velikov <>
              '946D09B5E4C9845E63075FF1D961C596A7203456'  # Andres Gomez <>
              'E3E8F480C52ADD73B278EE78E1ECBE07D7D70895'  # Juan Antonio Suárez Romero (Igalia, S.L.) <>
              'A5CC9FEC93F2F837CB044912336909B6B25FADFA'  # Juan A. Suarez Romero <>
              '71C4B75620BC75708B4BDB254C95FAAB3EB073EC'  # Dylan Baker <>
              '57551DE15B968F6341C248F68D8E31AFC32428A6') # Eric Engestrom <>

prepare() {
  cd mesa-$pkgver

  patch -Np1 -i ../0001-anv-force-MEDIA_INTERFACE_DESCRIPTOR_LOAD-reemit-aft.patch

build() {
  # Build only minimal debug info to reduce size
  CFLAGS+=' -g1'
  CXXFLAGS+=' -g1'

  arch-meson mesa-$pkgver build \
    -D b_ndebug=false \
    -D b_lto=false \
    -D platforms=x11,wayland \
    -D gallium-drivers=r300,r600,radeonsi,nouveau,virgl,svga,swrast,i915,iris,crocus,zink,d3d12 \
    -D vulkan-drivers=amd,intel,intel_hasvk,swrast \
    -D vulkan-layers=device-select,intel-nullhw,overlay \
    -D dri3=enabled \
    -D egl=enabled \
    -D gallium-extra-hud=true \
    -D gallium-nine=true \
    -D gallium-omx=bellagio \
    -D gallium-opencl=icd \
    -D gallium-va=enabled \
    -D gallium-vdpau=enabled \
    -D gallium-xa=enabled \
    -D gallium-rusticl=true \
    -D rust_std=2021 \
    -D gbm=enabled \
    -D gles1=disabled \
    -D gles2=enabled \
    -D glvnd=true \
    -D glx=dri \
    -D libunwind=enabled \
    -D llvm=enabled \
    -D lmsensors=enabled \
    -D osmesa=true \
    -D shared-glapi=enabled \
    -D microsoft-clc=disabled \
    -D video-codecs=vc1dec,h264dec,h264enc,h265dec,h265enc \
    -D valgrind=enabled

  # Print config
  meson configure build

  ninja -C build
  meson compile -C build

  # fake installation to be seperated into packages
  # outside of fakeroot but mesa doesn't need to chown/mod
  DESTDIR="${srcdir}/fakeinstall" meson install -C build

_install() {
  local src f dir
  for src; do
    install -m755 -d "${dir}"
    mv -v "${src}" "${dir}/"

package_vulkan-mesa-layers() {
  pkgdesc="Mesa's Vulkan layers"
  depends=('libdrm' 'libxcb' 'wayland' 'python')

  _install fakeinstall/usr/share/vulkan/explicit_layer.d
  _install fakeinstall/usr/share/vulkan/implicit_layer.d
  _install fakeinstall/usr/lib/libVkLayer_*.so
  _install fakeinstall/usr/bin/

  install -m644 -Dt "${pkgdir}/usr/share/licenses/${pkgname}" LICENSE

package_opencl-mesa() {
  pkgdesc="OpenCL support with clover and rusticl for mesa drivers"
  depends=('libdrm' 'libclc' 'clang' 'expat')
  optdepends=('opencl-headers: headers necessary for OpenCL development')

  _install fakeinstall/etc/OpenCL
  _install fakeinstall/usr/lib/lib*OpenCL*
  _install fakeinstall/usr/lib/gallium-pipe

  install -m644 -Dt "${pkgdir}/usr/share/licenses/${pkgname}" LICENSE

package_vulkan-intel() {
  pkgdesc="Intel's Vulkan mesa driver"
  depends=('wayland' 'libx11' 'libxshmfence' 'libdrm' 'zstd' 'systemd-libs')
  optdepends=('vulkan-mesa-layers: additional vulkan layers')

  _install fakeinstall/usr/share/vulkan/icd.d/intel_*.json
  _install fakeinstall/usr/lib/libvulkan_intel*.so

  install -m644 -Dt "${pkgdir}/usr/share/licenses/${pkgname}" LICENSE

package_vulkan-radeon() {
  pkgdesc="Radeon's Vulkan mesa driver"
  depends=('wayland' 'libx11' 'libxshmfence' 'libelf' 'libdrm' 'llvm-libs' 'systemd-libs')
  optdepends=('vulkan-mesa-layers: additional vulkan layers')

  _install fakeinstall/usr/share/drirc.d/00-radv-defaults.conf
  _install fakeinstall/usr/share/vulkan/icd.d/radeon_icd*.json
  _install fakeinstall/usr/lib/

  install -m644 -Dt "${pkgdir}/usr/share/licenses/${pkgname}" LICENSE

package_vulkan-swrast() {
  pkgdesc="Vulkan software rasteriser driver"
  depends=('wayland' 'libx11' 'libxshmfence' 'libdrm' 'zstd' 'llvm-libs' 'systemd-libs' 'libunwind')
  optdepends=('vulkan-mesa-layers: additional vulkan layers')

  _install fakeinstall/usr/share/vulkan/icd.d/lvp_icd*.json
  _install fakeinstall/usr/lib/

  install -m644 -Dt "${pkgdir}/usr/share/licenses/${pkgname}" LICENSE

package_libva-mesa-driver() {
  pkgdesc="VA-API implementation for gallium"
  depends=('libdrm' 'libx11' 'llvm-libs' 'expat' 'libelf' 'libxshmfence')

  _install fakeinstall/usr/lib/dri/*

  install -m644 -Dt "${pkgdir}/usr/share/licenses/${pkgname}" LICENSE

package_mesa-vdpau() {
  pkgdesc="Mesa VDPAU drivers"
  depends=('libdrm' 'libx11' 'llvm-libs' 'expat' 'libelf' 'libxshmfence')

  _install fakeinstall/usr/lib/vdpau

  install -m644 -Dt "${pkgdir}/usr/share/licenses/${pkgname}" LICENSE

package_mesa() {
  depends=('libdrm' 'wayland' 'libxxf86vm' 'libxdamage' 'libxshmfence' 'libelf'
           'libomxil-bellagio' 'libunwind' 'llvm-libs' 'lm_sensors' 'libglvnd'
           'zstd' 'vulkan-icd-loader')
  depends+=('' '' '')
  optdepends=('opengl-man-pages: for the OpenGL API man pages'
              'mesa-vdpau: for accelerated video playback'
              'libva-mesa-driver: for accelerated video playback')
  provides=('mesa-libgl' 'opengl-driver')

  _install fakeinstall/usr/share/drirc.d/00-mesa-defaults.conf
  _install fakeinstall/usr/share/glvnd/egl_vendor.d/50_mesa.json

  # ati-dri, nouveau-dri, intel-dri, svga-dri, swrast, swr
  _install fakeinstall/usr/lib/dri/*

  _install fakeinstall/usr/lib/bellagio
  _install fakeinstall/usr/lib/d3d
  _install fakeinstall/usr/lib/lib{gbm,glapi}.so*
  _install fakeinstall/usr/lib/*
  _install fakeinstall/usr/lib/*

  _install fakeinstall/usr/include
  _install fakeinstall/usr/lib/pkgconfig

  # libglvnd support
  _install fakeinstall/usr/lib/*
  _install fakeinstall/usr/lib/*

  # indirect rendering
  ln -s /usr/lib/ "${pkgdir}/usr/lib/"

  # make sure there are no files left to install
  find fakeinstall -depth -print0 | xargs -0 rmdir

  install -m644 -Dt "${pkgdir}/usr/share/licenses/${pkgname}" LICENSE
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Me neither, but to rule that out and thus then know is simple - install the original mesa and see whether this makes a difference.

There are none in what you posted - nothing I could see anyway.

Did you try starting the player from a terminal? Perhaps the output there will give you hints.

I figured since the other two players are working properly it’s enough justification to rule out drivers.

But, as per your advice I ran sudo mhwd -f -i pci video-linux & rebooted my laptop.

Then (upon reboot) I ran totem some_video_file.mkv & again there was no video output. There is sound output, however.

There were no messages on the console until I closed totem. The message was

(totem:3673): Grilo-CRITICAL **: 19:41:44.843: grl_log_valist: assertion 'domain' failed

Again, this did not show until I hit the X button to close totem GUI.

You tried to reset and start fresh by deleting these.

The message is not what I see when Istart the program -


does not sound like a good thing.

There is one more directory which you didn’t “reset”:

Try that?
(it will be recreated, just like the other ones)

Apart from that: I have no idea. :man_shrugging:

That is not what I meant.
What I meant is this:

and I assume you also installed it and use it now.
Try the original repo package.

I acknowledge that you figured that.
But if you want to know instead, you should rule that out.
You have access to both packages - it’s easy to switch and then be sure.

That’s what mhwd does. I passed it the -f flag to overwrite the existing mesa packages & install the repo packages.

I emptied out ~/.local/share/grilo-plugins as well, no luck. Video is still blank in Totem.

Well - if you are sure about that …
I would not think so.

mhwd will use drivers from the mesa package that you have installed
and will reinstall them when you pass the -f flag

It will not install or reinstall mesa - where these drivers come from.

I’m sure.

It just calls pacman which will look for the pkg.tar.zst in /var/cache/pacman/pkg & download them if they aren’t there.

My compiled packages are somewhere else where pacman doesn’t check.

I promise I’ll say nothing else after this! :zipper_mouth_face:
I only have Manjaro in a virtual machine, the driver that is used is

mesa is present in the cache.
I remove it.

I then do:
sudo mhwd -f -i pci video-virtualmachine
mesa will not be pulled in

If I do (even though I do not need it):
sudo mhwd -f -i pci video-linux
and force install that driver
mesa will, again, not be pulled in.

It’s still not in the cache afterwards.

The driver video-linux, that you use, does not depend on mesa - so it will not be pulled in.

look at:

so - there :man_shrugging:

Oops. No, you’re right. My bad. I’ll do that again.

So I reinstalled these packages from the repos

amdvlk 2022.Q4.4-1
lib32-amdvlk 2022.Q4.4-1
lib32-libva-mesa-driver 22.3.1-1
lib32-mesa 22.3.1-1
lib32-mesa-vdpau 22.3.1-1
libva-mesa-driver 22.3.1-1
mesa 22.3.1-1
mesa-utils 8.5.0-2
mesa-vdpau 22.3.1-1
opencl-mesa 22.3.1-1
vulkan-mesa-layers 22.3.1-1
xf86-video-amdgpu 22.0.0-1

…still blank!

Updating to say that the blank video output issue is occuring on Xorg as well as Wayland.

last thing I can think of:

Gnome can run under wayland (which I believe is the default)
or it can run under xorg

can be changed on the login screen - but the option is only presented once you chose a username, but before you enter the password

kind of strange, but this is the way I observed it to behave

Yeah, I did that. that’s how I know it’s on both.

another uncalled for opinion :sunglasses::
I’d just not use it.
I always use mpv - I hate having to use the mouse to move inside video or to do any action
to me, the keyboard is so much easier

I’ll always prefer what works in favor of what doesn’t. …

I’m officially out of here and will be just watching to perhaps learn something.


New installation of Manjaro gnome - Totem does not play anything (black screen but sound is heard). VLC works but until you switch to fullscreen - trying to return to the window ends with a screen freeze (hard reset needed). Only mplayer works fine…

To whom and how can I send Systemd Logs (links are not allowed)? Maybe it would help to solve the problem?

AMD 3400G+B450.

It’s german but was the same question:

Problem bei der Wiedergabe von Filmen, bei denen das Bild fehlt - #3 by xabbu

basically: it’s a known problem with mesa and will take quite some time till it is fixed and available in the stable branch

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I’m sorry for being lazy, but would you by chance have a link to an english discussion on the issue?

Don’t be sorry or lazy.
Copy/paste the text into a translator like
I just summarized what was said and know nothing more.
The upshot is: use another player.

In short: Mesa in combination with totem can’t play (some?) videos.

Use another player like vlc or smplayer.