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How to fix Parole’s “GStreamer backend error” in Xubuntu

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Well yesterday, I installed Xubuntu on my new netbook and I made a mistake a BIG one  photo piangry.gif I removed parole and installed vlc, only to find out vlc is painstakingly slow to start and plays videos slow and choppy. After googling around messing with vlc’s settings I gave up and I decided to reinstall parole. When trying to play a vid, I was greeted by this error message  photo emo.gif

paroleerrorNo worries  photo puh2.gif I managed to fix it and I am sharing my solution with you guys.

First make sure you are logged in as root, you do this by typing:

sudo su

root

After you have typed your password, let’s find the folder in which parole is installed. Type:

whereis parole

findingparole

As you can see parole is installed in /usr/share/parole. Well, let’s move to this folder then. Type:

cd /usr/share/parole

parolefolder

We are now “inside” parole, let’s fix it. Type:

parole --xv false

fixingparole

There might not be much screen activity after you have typed this command, but if you open parole now, it will work  photo vork.gif

(Remember, you always do the cliccie for a larger piccie!)

Edit 13/03/2014:

For quite some time I had the feeling that this “How to” became obsolete…. Rudolph was kind enough to confirm my suspicions, this is how he solved the problem:

I run Linux Mint 14 Nadia and decided to try XFCE and of course Parole media player. I tried your instructions as Root and it failed. Simple solution was to issue command “parole –xv false” at the Terminal default Home directory prompt $ as an ordinary user NOT as Root in the Parole directory. Parole now works perfectly. This might help Ubuntu / Xbuntu users as well because as Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu. Thank you for sharing your tips above because I would not have succeeded without your help.

With Rudolf’s  photo thumbsup.gif comment in mind, I made a new “How to” you can check it here.

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21 thoughts on “How to fix Parole’s “GStreamer backend error” in Xubuntu

  1. Thanks, worked for me. Though I did it with a regular user privileges and in home directory. But I’m wondering what was a cause for the error, so I could coup with possible similar errors…

    • Dear Pavlo,

      I’m glad my tutorial helped you!

      I honestly don’t know what the cause was for the error, I am not exactly the most gifted Linux user around  photo clown.gif But if you must know, I suggest to contact James at http://www.jameslovecomputers.com/, he has a Facebook page too. Tell him Roja send you 🙂

  2. Worked for me 😉 THANK YOU !!! But what I really do not understand is why we have to do these hacks to make simple task to work.

  3. Made no difference on my Xubuntu 13.04 box. 😦

  4. I’m using Xubuntu 14.04. Sorry buy your description doesn’t help me.

  5. I run Linux Mint 14 Nadia and decided to try XFCE and of course Parole media player. I tried your instructions as Root and it failed. Simple solution was to issue command “parole –xv false” at the Terminal default Home directory prompt $ as an ordinary user NOT as Root in the Parole directory. Parole now works perfectly. This might help Ubuntu / Xbuntu users as well because as Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu. Thank you for sharing your tips above because I would not have succeeded without your help.

  6. For me it didn’t work. Re-installing fixed the issue.

  7. It didn’t work for me either (Xubuntu 14.04). Instead there is a runtime error while booting. How can I fix that? Need help!

  8. This didn’t work for me in Xubuntu 14.04 either.
    Happily following this advice from
    https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/first-xubuntu#TOC-Install-full-multimedia-support
    helped fix all my issues with playing DVDs in Parole:

    a. Start Ubuntu Software Center and use the query:
    restricted xubuntu
    Then install the non-free multimedia extra’s for Xubuntu.

    b. In order to be able to play encrypted DVD’s, do this:
    Menu button – Accessories – Terminal Emulator
    Type (use copy/paste): sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh
    Press Enter. Your password will remain entirely invisible, not even dots will show, this is normal.
    Close the terminal when the installation has completed.

  9. This does not work

  10. Open parole, tools, preferences. Select the display tab, and under Video Output select Window System X (without Xv).
    You should already be able to play the videos.

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