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Old 06-07-2007, 12:00 PM   #1
pajamaki
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Problems trying to play mp3 files using Amarok on Fedora 7


Hi,

I would appreciate some pointers to where I am going wrong with Amarok.

I recently upgraded from FC6 to Fedora7 and since doing so, Amarok will not play mp3 files.

In FC6, I had installed the xine engine and the extra stuff from the livna repo and mp3 files were playing nicely.

In Fedora 7, I installed a fairly normal, but comprehensive set of stuff and then added the things from livna that were recommended in the site:-
http://www.mjmwired.net/resources/mjm-fedora-f7.html

This was the same resource (but an earlier version, obviously) that got me going under FC6, so I hoped for a similar result. I installed the following stuff that relates to Amarok & mp3:-

amarok.i386 1.4.5-4.fc7 installed
amarok-extras-nonfree.i386 1.4.4-1.lvn7 installed
xine.i386 0.99.4-11.lvn7 installed
xine-lib.i386 1.1.6-2.fc7 installed
xine-lib-extras.i386 1.1.6-2.fc7 installed
xine-lib-extras-nonfree.i386 1.1.6-1.lvn7 installed
xine-plugin.i386 1.0-3.fc7 installed

When I configured Amarok, xine is the chosen engine and my mp3 collection was catalogued as before, but when I try to launch any mp3 file, it fails with the4 following message:-

"These media could not be loaded into the playlist:
file:///home/...../xxxx.mp3"

I also see the following message when I select the xine engine in the Amarok configuration screen:-

"The xine-engine claims it cannot play MP3 files.
You may want to choose a different engine from the Configure Dialogue, or examine the installation of the multimedia-framework that the current engine uses.
You may find useful information in the FAQ section of the Amarok HandBook."

Has anyone successfully configured Amarok in Fedora / (surely someone has?) and has anyone any ideas what I have done wrong/missed out?

BR

Pajamki
 
Old 06-07-2007, 12:04 PM   #2
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It has been working fine for me, here are the exact package I have installed:

Code:
[hollywoodb@milan ~]$ yum list amarok\* xine\* | grep installed
amarok.i386                              1.4.5-4.fc7            installed
amarok-extras-nonfree.i386               1.4.4-1.lvn7           installed
xine-lib.i386                            1.1.6-2.fc7            installed
xine-lib-extras.i386                     1.1.6-2.fc7            installed
xine-lib-extras-nonfree.i386             1.1.6-1.lvn7           installed
I've also installed the w32codecs package, but I don't think that should matter, since it is mostly quicktime and wmv type stuff.

Last edited by hollywoodb; 06-07-2007 at 12:05 PM.
 
Old 06-07-2007, 12:16 PM   #3
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hollywoodb,

Thanks for the fast reply. Here's my print; looks the same but still no joy 8^(

[mick@linuxbox ~]$ yum list amarok\* xine\* | grep installed
amarok.i386 1.4.5-4.fc7 installed
amarok-extras-nonfree.i386 1.4.4-1.lvn7 installed
xine-lib.i386 1.1.6-2.fc7 installed
xine-lib-extras.i386 1.1.6-2.fc7 installed
xine-lib-extras-nonfree.i386 1.1.6-1.lvn7 installed



Any other ideas?
 
Old 06-07-2007, 12:30 PM   #4
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Only thing I can think of is if you copied or kept your settings from your previous Fedora install. I didn't keep any settings, I always start fresh with each install, so it is possible that something left over that doesn't work the same way now as it did then could be causing problems.
 
Old 06-07-2007, 01:00 PM   #5
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Well, I don't think so. I left my /home drive undisturbed, but I fresh-formatted my / drive as part of the F7 install, so unless there is some "naughtiness" in my user account data I can't think what else could be wrong. That shold have given me a clean sweep of all executables and libraries. Amarok doesn't seem to leave anything in my user area.

I don't want to go down the road of re-installing again; maybe I will try to log on under a fresh user account and see if it is the same there.
 
Old 06-07-2007, 01:32 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pajamaki
...maybe I will try to log on under a fresh user account and see if it is the same there.
That's the first thing I would try...

FYI, KDE stores its settings in ~/.kde, and I believe that Amarok puts them there as well. Perhaps you could find the Amarok-specific bits and pull them out if a fresh user account works.
 
Old 06-09-2007, 05:49 AM   #7
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Hollywoodb,

OK, I made a quick test with a new user and Amarok fired up with its welcome screen, which I wasn't seeing as my normal user, even though I had uninstalled and reinstalled it.

I took this to be a confirmation of what you suggested about the stored settings, so I uninstalled Amarok and all the Fedora/Livna stuff to do with Amarok and xine extras. I then searched the whole disk for any *amarok* files and zapped them all. It was mostly config stuff in user directories under ~/.kde as you said.

I then reinstalled Amarok and the Livna stuff and started Amarok. This time I got the welcome screen and when I loaded an mp3 file, it worked.

Maybe there would have been a quicker/more elegant solution, but what the heck, it's working now!

Thanks for the helpful suggestions
 
  


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