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I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 and have an issue with Movie Player Totem. Recently I got a great movie. For those who know "Wall Street" 1987. So I was watching it and for no reason totem shut himself down.

Did any of you have such issue?
Is there any solution for that?


When I execute totem from command line as root it gives me such message:

(totem:2986): Totem-WARNING **: Failed to create dbus proxy for org.gnome.SettingsDaemon: Could not get owner of name 'org.gnome.SettingsDaemon': no such name

But will I start it as root or just as user doesn't matter it shuts down without any error message in terminal.

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Try executing Totem Player from the command line. Open the terminal then type totem. It'll launch and messages will be piped to the command prompt. Try watching your movie again and when it closes without an error - edit your question and include it's output. That should help drill down a cause. – Marco Ceppi Sep 21 '10 at 20:48

As mentioned in this group post (

this error happens when you use a different window manager than gnome.

But according to this post this error should not cause totem to crash.

Try using vlc or mplayer. Maybe your movie file is corrupted

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Done. I read myself, that VLC player is great. Especially for watching 720p movies on not so strong hardware. But it would be nice to have a clear view on what's wrong with totem. Why does it behave like that. – Eugene Sep 22 '10 at 7:47
Some video files (malformed .mkv files are usually the culprit) do not like being played under totem. – NightwishFan Oct 11 '10 at 8:27

Try to delete totem config file / folder in your home directory ($HOME/.config/totem).

If it still not working, try to delete gstreamer configuration directory ($HOME/.gstreamer-0.10)

Don't worry, that configuration will be created again when you run totem or gstreamer based applications.

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Do I need to deletem both those files or I can just move them elsewhere? – Eugene Oct 14 '10 at 13:09
just delete ,it's fine. – squallbayu Oct 14 '10 at 17:35

Maybe Your movie file is somehow corrupted and maybe some programs (vlc, mplayer) have better error toleration than totem. Just speculating about that.

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are you asking me? :) How should I know, that? :D If I knew, I wouldn't probably ask this question at all. :) – Eugene Oct 14 '10 at 13:09

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