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which way, the manually compiled way or through yum?
if you did it through yum, its probably configured for you. look in your menu's.
from the command line, its a little harder but still pretty easy:
(NOTE: gmplayer is the graphical version and mplayer is the command line version)
gmplayer -vo x11 -ao oss -Skin Default <file>.avi
mplayer -vo help -- this will give you the available video drivers you can use
mplayer -ao help -- this will give you the available audio drivers you can use
mplayer --help -- this will give you the usage and some options
man mplayer -- this will give you the exhaustive list of options (its pretty long)
do you have xine (or a xine based player like gxine) also and installed the codecs like above (in /usr/lib/win32)?
this will only take a min. to do and will enable xine to play everything that mplayer will
if you want skins for the graphical version, go back to mplayerhq.hu and in the downloads section there are skins at the bottom. Extract them with tar, file-roller, ark, or whatever and place the directory in the .mplayer/Skin directory (the one in your home directory)
i managed to run a file with it (still didn't figure out how to use the skins though) but i have no sound, i checked the volume settings and it looks right but still no audio...
what could be the problem?
no i have some other players, and the directory of codecs i had to create myself (just followed what the installation told me). i managed to play a movie with a sound, i installed it all through command line and i guess it configured itself correctly.