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I am on a fresh install of ubuntu TT 14.04, I installed the VLC-player. (tried via software center and console)

The problem is that when I try to run VLC the icon will appear in tray and dash, but no window opens up. Console says:

max@schleptop:~$ vlc
VLC media player 2.1.5 Rincewind (revision2.1.2+git20140414+r54518+18+11~ubuntu14.04.1)
[0x1fbd058] main libvlc: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.

What am I doing wrong? How do I get to see the interface?


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I have the same problem. When i use open source graphic drivers, there is no problem. But when i use nvidia proprietary driver, vlc and some other apps work background but no interface. Even there is sound on background but no video. – sefaustun Apr 23 '14 at 10:42
up vote 3 down vote accepted

I solved the problem by chancing screen settings. When i use 'super+s' short key, i noticed that i have dual screen and Vlc Player starts to work on the other screen. In the screen settings, i checked 'reflect screen' option. Now Vlc Player works normal.

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Confirming that @sefaustun 's solution worked for me. My vlc, wine applications were not displayed to me earlier and also I had issues connecting an external monitor. – Supreethks Aug 4 '14 at 10:27
I can't confirm it myself, but since several people said your answer helped imma mark this as the accepted one so everyone sees. – Max Sep 3 '14 at 12:50

I was following sefaustun's suggestion, when I found a second "unknown monitor" in my screen settings; all I had to do was to switch it off and vlc got back working as usual. (I'm using ubuntu 14.04, the basis is the same as lubuntu, so it should work fine in your case too)

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In Software Updater ==> Settings ==> Additional Drivers try to use another graphic card driver. I don't know why, but for me worked very well. Hope it will also work for you


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I believe this is a bug. However, this happens to me whenever I try to use a skin in VLC Media Player. I select the skin file in VLC Media Player's settings, save, restart VLC Media Player, and then VLC Media Player appears in the tray and in the dash, but after about half a second it disappears almost as if it closed itself.

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