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GNOME Mplayer: “Failed to open VDPAU backend libvdpau_nvidia.so” error

Every time I play a video with MPlayer, I'm getting an annoying popup dialog saying:

Failed to open VDPAU backend libvdpau_nvidia.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

How to solve this? My laptop is A Compaq CQ20-213TU.

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marked as duplicate by Stefano Palazzo Mar 30 '11 at 4:23

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Install proprietary nvidia drivers or switch off VDPAU support in mplayer.


sudo aptitude reinstall libvdpau1
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how? can you teach me? thank you –  ok comp Oct 18 '10 at 8:23
Do you have nvidia card, right? –  Extender Oct 18 '10 at 8:28
I think I have no nvdia card because I'm using integrated pre-installed in my laptop. –  ok comp Oct 18 '10 at 9:36
i apologize if you don't understand what I am saying because I am still a newbie. hopefully you can help me through –  ok comp Oct 18 '10 at 9:37
Do you install mplayer or other software from PPA ? Is your system clean install of Ubuntu? –  Extender Oct 19 '10 at 3:14

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