Binary package hint: xserver-xorg-core
Gutsy i386 on an Asus EeePC, desktop effects disabled.
VLC used to work fine. After the xorg update, VLC fails with the following output:
VLC media player 0.8.6c Janus
The program '.' received an X Window System error.
This probably reflects a bug in the program.
The error was 'BadAlloc (insufficient resources for operation)'.
(Details: serial 477 error_code 11 request_code 144 minor_code 5)
(Note to programmers: normally, X errors are reported asynchronously;
that is, you will receive the error a while after causing it.
To debug your program, run it with the --sync command line
option to change this behavior. You can then get a meaningful
backtrace from your debugger if you break on the gdk_x_error() function.)
I backed out the recent update to xorg by replacing the newer xserver-xorg-core 126.96.36.199.dfsg-12ubuntu8.1 with the previous 188.8.131.52.dfsg-12ubuntu8. VLC now works fine again.