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    VLC not quitting?

    We've got a user who has an issue with VLC here. When they close VLC, it doesn't actually quit. It disappears but vlc.exe is still running in task manager. As VLC defaults to opening only a single instance at a time, this means she can no longer open any more files.

    I've temporarily changed the preferences to allow multiple instances, but this means she has a huge number of vlc.exe instances open still.

    I've had a search around and everything points to this being a v 1.1.x issue or thereabouts, but we're running the latest version (2.1.3 I believe).

    Anyone got any ideas?

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    Un-install, use CCleaner to remove registry entries and also remove any temp directories / files relating to the install of VLC ( which if it is windows 7 ) will generally be in programdata, go into the registry and remove stuff relating to vlc and then delete the directory for VLC out of program files and run ccleaner again to check for registry entries that are not needed and clear temp files

    Download the latest version ( again ) and run as administrator , reboot and log back on and try again

    You said any idea's .....

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    Uninstall/re-install already done. Should never run CCleaner on a domain computer, it can cause chaos.

    Hmm...

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    What cards are in the computers? Sound/Video
    Does it happen for local admins?
    Try changing Video Output from "Default" (DirectX mode) to OpenGL, the video quality is not as nice and it uses more cpu but it removes the processing from the card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Uninstall/re-install already done. Should never run CCleaner on a domain computer, it can cause chaos.

    Hmm...
    What sort of chaos as I've not seen any issues

    I would suggest using another media player instead of vlc such as : Home – MPC-HC
    Last edited by mac_shinobi; 20th March 2014 at 04:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroHour View Post
    What cards are in the computers? Sound/Video
    Does it happen for local admins?
    Try changing Video Output from "Default" (DirectX mode) to OpenGL, the video quality is not as nice and it uses more cpu but it removes the processing from the card.
    I shall experiment when the teacher next has a free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    What sort of chaos as I've not seen any issues

    I would suggest using another media player instead of vlc such as : Home – MPC-HC
    Doesn't fix the main issue though does it.

    Tony we had this problem, you need to make a batch (or vbs) to end the process. VLC are aware of the bug (and should really be fixed after 2 years), but if it still isn't then that's the best way I found around it. We also had the issue with only 1 member of staff, but it wasn't due to anything we could logically find!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Doesn't fix the main issue though does it.

    Tony we had this problem, you need to make a batch (or vbs) to end the process. VLC are aware of the bug (and should really be fixed after 2 years), but if it still isn't then that's the best way I found around it. We also had the issue with only 1 member of staff, but it wasn't due to anything we could logically find!
    Maybe not but if the other media player ( windows media player Home Cinema ) allows the user to do what they want without launching a multitude of processes for the same program / app then surely that fixes it ( even in a work around kind of way )

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    @Arthur - any suggestions ref vlc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Doesn't fix the main issue though does it.

    Tony we had this problem, you need to make a batch (or vbs) to end the process. VLC are aware of the bug (and should really be fixed after 2 years), but if it still isn't then that's the best way I found around it. We also had the issue with only 1 member of staff, but it wasn't due to anything we could logically find!
    Care to zip and attach the fix?

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    If I can find it, yes I shall, however I am no longer at the company, but it should be in my drop box (hopefully)

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    Code:
    @echo off
    taskkill /F /im vlc.exe
    just tested on my current machine, it works. It forces the closing of the app from the task manager (/im = image name in task manager)... you may need to add *32 if you work on a 64bit machine.
    Last edited by nephilim; 20th March 2014 at 05:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Code:
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    taskkill /F /im vlc.exe
    just tested on my current machine, it works.
    Ahh I thought you had something a bit smarter which cleaned up vlc when the draw window was gone. Not sure non admins can run taskkill tbh.
    What were your users playing when it failed to close? Everything or DVD'S?
    Last edited by ZeroHour; 20th March 2014 at 05:33 PM.

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    @localzuk. Does VLC close properly when run under a different user account (as Zerohour mentioned). Is the teacher using a laptop? If so, does it make any difference if you turn off the wireless connection and use Ethernet instead?

    Have you tried the 64-bit version of VLC, updating the graphics card drivers or using Process Monitor to find out if VLC is waiting for something/trying to write data somewhere?

    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    any suggestions ref vlc?
    The first thing I would try is to delete the preferences files (vlcrc and vlc-qt-interface.ini in "%AppData%\vlc") while VLC isn't running, although I assume @localzuk has already done this when uninstalling/reinstalling VLC?

    Alternatively, replace the contents of her 'vlcrc' file with the settings below to disable things like the update check and increase the priority of the VLC process (the latter probably won't make any difference but it might be worth a shot?).

    Code:
    ###
    ###  vlc 2.1.3
    ###
    
    [qt4] # Qt interface
    
    # Activate the updates availability notification (boolean)
    qt-updates-notif=0
    
    # Ask for network policy at start (boolean)
    qt-privacy-ask=0
    
    [avcodec] # FFmpeg audio/video decoder
    
    # Hardware decoding (boolean)
    ffmpeg-hw=1
    
    
    [main] # main program
    
    # Show media title on video (boolean)
    video-title-show=0
    
    # On Screen Display (boolean)
    osd=0
    
    # Increase the priority of the process (boolean)
    high-priority=1

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    What sort of issue(s) or problems does CCleaner cause on a domain joined pc , I don't use it often to clear the registry on domain joined pc's, generally just if Sophos is having issues being re-installed after I have done a plethora of other things

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