Enabling an incompatible setting during playback can cause mplayer to crash. Some settings are only changeable during playback, and so you enter a catch-22 situation.
Example: using S/PDIF passthrough (hwac3), if you switch on time scaling using [ or ], mplayer crashes, but SMPlayer stores the time-scaling change, and so every time you open that file, mplayer crashes immediately (before you can reset time scaling).
Although there is a workaround for this particular case (disable passthrough, reset scaling, re-enable passthrough), perhaps SMPlayer should wait a few seconds before saving per-file settings to make sure it doesn't save an unusable state.
Alternatively, add an option to the view info window to reset all saved file settings?
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