Problems with playing videos on my Gen1.

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  1. NLAlston

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    I have just three video tutorials on my iPad, and was having no problem at all (until just tonight) watching them. It was only a moment ago that I was watching one when, all of a sudden, the screen went totally black. Now I can't watch any videos at all, and have no idea what happened. Any ideas for me?
     
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    The easiest first way to try to solve ‘unexplained’ or ‘unusual’ problems with the iPad are:-

    Force the offending app to close. If you have iOS 4.2 or 4.3 double-press the ‘Home’ button to bring up the multi-task bar at the bottom of the screen. Press *and hold* any icon until they start to ‘jiggle’. Then tap the top left-hand corner of the app that you want to close. It will ‘disappear’ from the list. Don’t panic - you’ve not deleted it, just closed it. Now tap the Home screen and the multi-task bar will disappear. Re-open the iPad’s app and see if the problem has resolved itself. If not, it’s on to possible solution number two!!
    Restart the iPad. Press *and hold* the Power button. After a couple of seconds a slider control will appear asking you to confirm that you really want to switch the iPad off (this is all you’ll be doing). Slide the control to accept. A rotating white ‘bezel’ will appear in the iPad screen as the iPad powers down (it takes a few seconds, just like it would if you were shutting down your PC). When the screen of the iPad has gone completely blank, press *and hold* the Power button for a couple of seconds until the white Apple logo appears and the iPad starts to power up. This takes several seconds, so be patient. During the power up the automatic screen orientation function is disabled, so don’t panic. A few seconds before the power up is complete, the iPad plays a little ‘jingle’ and then you’re back to the Home screen. Restart the iPad’s app and see if the problem persists. Apple (and Forum members) recommend that you power down your iPad at least once a week, just as you might regularly completely switch off your PC. The normal procedure of just briefly pressing the Power button of the iPad merely puts it to ‘sleep’. Most Forum members have found that one of the two methods I’ve mentioned here cure a whole bunch of unexplained problems and are an easy first step to resolving most anything that happens on the iPad.

    Tim
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    Hi Tim - and thanks for your quick response.

    I have tried both of your suggestions, and the problem still exists. As mentioned already, all was playing just fine - then WHAM, nothing but blackness. Well, I shouldn't actually say that because a dim, and very brief flash of that bezeled wheel will show within the blackness - right after tapping the 'VIDEO' icon. It's life is only about a millisecond, and there's absolutely nothing after that. The only thing I can think of would be to uninstall/reinstall them (if possible) from iTunes, later on today. At least I will giveit a shot.
     
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    OK - one more idea - just in case. Why not try a reboot? Switch the iPad off and then press and hold the Power and Home buttons until the white Apple logo appears - it can take quite a while. The iPad will then reboot - also takes a while. Might be easier than trying to uninstall and reinstall..

    Good Luck...

    Tim
     
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    Is it a JB iPad? If this is the case, have you installed a component from cydia to enable Airplay video on all apps? If so, just uninstall that componsnt and everything will be back to normal. I had the exact same behaviour with that tweak installed, but cant remember the exact name of the tweak...

    Otherwise, what app are you using to play those movies? And what are those movie formats? Oplayer HD is having some issue when using the native player and it does exactly that, a black screen... You have to disable the native plugin and it will work.

    Just a few ideas...

    VicoPad addict!
     
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    I will give that a shot also, Tim (had forgotten all about the reboot procedure).
     
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    No, my iPad isn't jail-broken (4.3.5), and I am using just the basic, stock video player which comes standard on all IPad units.
     
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    Tim,

    Rebooting brought about no change. But thanks, anyway.
     

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