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Old 07-09-2005, 02:31 PM   #1
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Mplayer/Mplayer-plugin problems


I recently tried switching to linux and had some problems, however now I'm back after a switch from X86-64 to i386. I got java and flash and mp3's and wma's and preatty much everything going, however I still can't play videos online or off.

This is where my problems come in, I have mplayer installed, however when I try to play something with it it says I don't have Xvideo support... Help with that would be nice...

Also I know by default Mplayer doesn't have a GUI, but I would like to enable it, I have a skin downloaded and stuff but I don't know how to enable it... Help there to

Also I have Mplayer-plugin installed, and when I try to stream a video it comes up and says buffering and stuff but when when it changes and says playing nothing happens, it just says playing (the file name). I guess this might have something to do with my lack of Xvideo support... So again help

Thanks for anything you can think of and for any/all help/effort...
 
Old 07-09-2005, 03:19 PM   #2
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Re: Mplayer/Mplayer-plugin problems

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Originally posted by Buffbannana049
This is where my problems come in, I have mplayer installed, however when I try to play something with it it says I don't have Xvideo support... Help with that would be nice...
Here is a link to a past LQ post that may help your Xvideo problem:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/history/334870


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Also I know by default Mplayer doesn't have a GUI, but I would like to enable it, I have a skin downloaded and stuff but I don't know how to enable it... Help there to
Not sure what distro you are using. You can use your distros package mgr such as using an .rpm or recompile with the GUI option:
http://www.mplayerhq.hu/DOCS/HTML/en/gui.html


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Also I have Mplayer-plugin installed, and when I try to stream a video it comes up and says buffering and stuff but when when it changes and says playing nothing happens, it just says playing (the file name). I guess this might have something to do with my lack of Xvideo support... So again help
As for the streaming it may be linked to your video most likely, however, I have played with that alot and found that mplayer will just keep cacheing the file. I found that adding the -cache 4 (the minumum) the video or audio begins playing immediatally. Here are a couple audio and video samples to try:

KFI Radio Stream:
mplayer -cache 4 http://ccdig.liquidviewer.com/kfi?MSWMExt=.asf

JACK FM:
mplayer -cache 4 -playlist http://38.116.132.9/JackFM?MSWMExt=.asf

HSN Video Stream:
mplayer -cache 4 mms://webcast.hsn.com/hsn100

Good Luck

KC
 
Old 07-10-2005, 12:55 PM   #3
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Thank you SOOOO much....

I was looking into drivers (that other post you linked to was talking about them if I rember right), and then I realized that I was using the intergrated graphics and when I switched it over to my actual card the Xvideo problem went away and then videos started playing fine that were on my hard drive. Thank you.

Then like you said I looked into the cache thing and I messed around with it a little, and finally I got the sound links you posted to work, and streaming quicktime videos were working. Then I forget how or where I found it but I was looking at something I found on google and they had "w32codecs" so I found those on google and then the video links worked and streaming windows media links worked also. Thank you again.

I used the use other command thing at the bottom of the choose program thing and now when I open them from the file browser. So thats good, I think I would still like a GUI though, so I understand I need to recompile it, however being a super-noob I don't quite have that totally figured out yet so I'm googleing... (I'm using FC4 i386 f anyone feels like helping )

Thanks again, you helped A LOT, I have all the basics done now, so it's all justside stuff that I feel like doing...
 
Old 07-12-2005, 11:22 PM   #4
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Just a tag on the end of this thread to catch anyone searching for mplayer/movie player threads.

Many folk have trouble with the mplayer rpm installs.
However, the source install is quite easy and a good project for not-quite-completely-new linux users.

I personally had no luck.

Read these pages and see.
 
  


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