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after all the hard work there is still no joy. linux can be a pain for newbie hey?
i installed(think i did) amarok g-streamer.rpm but still there is no progress. how do i know if it actually is installed though? somewhere i found that i have to install taglib; tried but there are installation errors.
isn't there a better way. anything just to get my music playing
It isn't really difficult. I don't know if you have setup your sources correctly. I have posted my sources list in my blog if you want them. After adding them you could search yast for "mp3" or "codecs" and install all packages that seem relevant.
Wait wait, I forgot you are using suse 9.3 and not 10.0 OSS! Don't put my installation sources on your YaST, they are for 10.0! I remember that 9.3 had this problem with mp3, because you have to uninstall and install another package, but I don't remember anymore. If you search on LinuxQuestions threads for "mp3 playback Suse 9.3" you will certainly find what you are looking for. Or you could switch to 10.0 that is more recent and easier to setup.
it seems like now i have a bit of feel of what is going on.
let me restructure the question now:
i installed gstreamer 18.104.22.168 and amarok 1.2. it looks like the g-streamer is the
mp3 plugin for amarok. in amarok's engine i don't have this plugin though the
only plugins i have 4 sound are aRts and aKode.
what do i need to do to get the g-streamer in the list?
I've been doing a little bit or reading for you. I have had Suse 9.3 and I had resolved the lack of mp3 playback but I remember it was not that easy. So:
1) it seems gstreamer and arts are compiled without mp3 support on official suse 9.3 repositories.
2) you probably have gstreamer installed but not amarok-gstreamer or something like that, that would be the engine. There is also amarok-xine etc.
3) to get actual mp3 support you need to remove some packages and install other versions
4) if you think it does worth it, seeing suse 9.3 is old and buggy while 10.0 is a lot better and more recent, easier to install mp3 support and with 10.1 about to be released, then there are many threads that answer that question, try searching the forum. I did a little research for you but didn't find these threads, although I am sure that they are here because I have seen them.
I am really sorry to see that your first experience with linux is so problematic but actually no, we haven't all been through all that. I think that you have actually chosen the most difficult distribution to setup for mp3 support! Suse 9.3 has always had that problem. This is why I have been hinting if you want to think about changing the distribution you are using and moving on to a more recent one.
Blog is a kind of internet calendar. Blog = web + log. There are many nice blogs on line, and you can even find on linuxquestions. My signature links to mine.
I hope you'll have better luck it. Don't get discouraged though. You chose a relatively old distribution. Find a newer one that does it for you and you will be learning a lot more and will start having fun.