VLC Opens, Then Closes

Hi All,

My VLC opens just fine and plays music and displays JPG files. But, when I select a video it just closes. Any thoughts?

VLC through command line:
$ vlc
VLC media player 3.0.18 Vetinari (revision 3.0.13-8-g41878ff4f2)
[00005581a5e9c5d0] main libvlc: Running vlc with the default interface. Use ‘cvlc’ to use vlc without interface.
[00005581a5f31e40] main playlist: playlist is empty
[00007fc9a8006c50] dvdnav demux error: Couldn’t find device name.
[00007fc9a8006c50] dvdnav demux error: DVDOpenFilePath:findDVDFile /VIDEO_TS/VIDEO_TS.IFO failed
[00007fc9a8006c50] dvdnav demux error: vm: vm: failed to read VIDEO_TS.IFO
[00007fc9b40046c0] gl gl: Initialized libplacebo v5.229.0 (API v229)
[00007fc9980026c0] gl gl: Initialized libplacebo v5.229.0 (API v229)
[00007fc9980026c0] gl gl: Initialized libplacebo v5.229.0 (API v229)
libva error: vaGetDriverNameByIndex() failed with unknown libva error, driver_name = (null)
[00007fc9980026c0] glconv_vaapi_x11 gl error: vaInitialize: unknown libva error
Segmentation fault (core dumped)

Thank you,


See VLC media player - ArchWiki. Install either one of those open source drivers and reboot.

  • HD Graphics series starting from Broadwell (2014) and newer are supported by intel-media-driver.

  • GMA 4500 (2008) and newer GPUs, including HD Graphics up to Coffee Lake (2017) are supported by libva-intel-driver.

Thanks for pointing this one out. I felt it’s similar, but not exact.




Mine shows installed and up to date. I reinstalled with same issues.

$ sudo pacman -S libva-vdpau-driver
[sudo] password for mapman97:
warning: libva-vdpau-driver-0.7.4-6 is up to date – reinstalling
resolving dependencies…
looking for conflicting packages…

Packages (1) libva-vdpau-driver-0.7.4-6

Total Download Size: 0.04 MiB
Total Installed Size: 0.08 MiB
Net Upgrade Size: 0.00 MiB

:: Proceed with installation? [Y/n]


Thanks for making me look closer one more time. Changing output fixed my issue.

You mentioned you use nvidia. I had a simular issue with vlc awhile ago crashing when trying to play mkv files, and what fixed it for me was going into vlc video settings and changing the video output from automatic to VDPAU output.

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