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Old 07-07-2005, 07:54 PM   #1
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How do I make the media players play .asf files?


Hello,
I recently crashed my lap top and my home computer in less than a week. My lap top had Windows 98 and the computer had Windows XP. We got a computer genius to install Linux on both computers because Microsoft's vulnerability to viruses has increased and it's only getting worse, and Linux is not prone to getting viruses...which helps someone who is technically declined, like me. Linux has two media players: Kaffeine and RealPlayer G2. I am trying to open a .asf media file, but it says that "the specified file or url is not found". I was wondering if it had something to do with the fact that the media players do not play .asf files and if so, how do you change the settings so that it does?
Thanks for your consideration and help!
Stella
 
Old 07-07-2005, 08:09 PM   #2
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you should try mplayer. it says it supports .asf files. what distro do you use?
 
Old 07-07-2005, 08:14 PM   #3
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Go to this site and download Mplayer. It will just about every format available.
http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/index.html
You must install the codecs to the correct directory before compiling. You will need to compile it first. Just follow the instructions as given and all should go well.
 
Old 07-07-2005, 08:14 PM   #4
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What's a distro?
Seriously, I know nothing about computers, haha.

Edit: Thanks Michael Johnson, I'll try that.

Instead of making a new thread, I was wondering if either of you know if you can download msn messenger. I tried but when I click "download" it doesn't start downloading and when I click the link to download it manually, it says that there's an error.

Edit 2: Yikes! I'm looking at this mplayer thing and it's like it's in a different language. I don't speak computer. Oh well, just forget it. Thanks anyways!

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Old 07-07-2005, 08:42 PM   #5
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Started this reply then got called away for a few minutes...looks like I should have checked for other replies before finishing it.

You need to install the codecs for playing win32 type files. Personally I use mplayer but I believe those codecs will work with other players like kaffeine. At any rate you can download the codecs from www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/index.html You just install them in a directory like /usr/lib/win32 (check the readme with the codecs) and you are all set. There may be an rpm out there someplace too.

Last edited by Sledge; 07-07-2005 at 08:44 PM.
 
Old 07-07-2005, 08:42 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by xSTELLA
What's a distro?
Seriously, I know nothing about computers, haha.

Edit: Thanks Michael Johnson, I'll try that.

Instead of making a new thread, I was wondering if either of you know if you can download msn messenger. I tried but when I click "download" it doesn't start downloading and when I click the link to download it manually, it says that there's an error.

Edit 2: Yikes! I'm looking at this mplayer thing and it's like it's in a different language. I don't speak computer. Oh well, just forget it. Thanks anyways!
hi there

the distro is the type of linux your running, such as fedora core, suse, maybe mandriva. that helps determine what kind of files you need to grab and install. it's quite simple really, once you've done it a few times.

the linux equivilent for msn is a nifty lil program called amsn...google it and you'll find the site right at the top of the results

i play .asf files using mplayer...it can be a bit confusing to set up...but once it's up and running, you never look back. so don't give up so quickly
 
Old 07-07-2005, 08:55 PM   #7
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Originally posted by Sledge
Started this reply then got called away for a few minutes...looks like I should have checked for other replies before finishing it.

You need to install the codecs for playing win32 type files. Personally I use mplayer but I believe those codecs will work with other players like kaffeine. At any rate you can download the codecs from www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/index.html You just install them in a directory like /usr/lib/win32 (check the readme with the codecs) and you are all set. There may be an rpm out there someplace too.
Thanks again! I'll check out amsn. I think I came across it when I was searching google. Does this mean that I have to add each contact that was on my msn messenger list to the amsn list?
I'm not totally giving up on mplayer, but I need more time to absorb the information that's on the page...possibly when I'm not taking calculus in summer school.
Thanks again for the help! I'm sure you'll be hearing from me again!
 
Old 07-07-2005, 09:10 PM   #8
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Try this for MPlayer go to
ftp://ftp6.mplayerhq.hu/pub/MPlayer/releases/
and download
ftp://ftp6.mplayerhq.hu/pub/MPlayer/....0pre7.tar.bz2
then download
ftp://ftp6.mplayerhq.hu/pub/MPlayer/...e7.tar.bz2.md5
This the checksum file to ensure there is no data corruption.
then download
ftp://ftp6.mplayerhq.hu/pub/MPlayer/...l-20050412.zip
These are the codecs
then download this
ftp://ftp6.mplayerhq.hu/pub/MPlayer/...8859-1.tar.bz2
these are the fonts
to extract these archives do the following
#tar -xvf <filename>
hope this helps
 
Old 07-07-2005, 09:29 PM   #9
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Re: How do I make the media players play .asf files?

Quote:
Originally posted by xSTELLA
Linux has two media players: Kaffeine and RealPlayer G2. I am trying to open a .asf media file, but it says that "the specified file or url is not found".
Both of the installed media players you have should play .asf format. .asf links are usually re-directed to other media files that actually get played. From the error you specify, however, it just seems as if the link you click on was dead. If it's a streaming music or video file then just try some other links first...

Here are two that I know work well...

http://ccdig.liquidviewer.com/kfi?MSWMExt=.asf

http://38.116.132.9/JackFM?MSWMExt=.asf

KC
 
Old 07-07-2005, 09:33 PM   #10
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Thanks again! I'll check out amsn. I think I came across it when I was searching google. Does this mean that I have to add each contact that was on my msn messenger list to the amsn list?
I'm not totally giving up on mplayer, but I need more time to absorb the information that's on the page...possibly when I'm not taking calculus in summer school.
Thanks again for the help! I'm sure you'll be hearing from me again!
Wow thank you so much! I'll try that in the morning!
About amsn, I have MandrakeLinux (I think that's the "distro")...so does that mean I download v0.94-3 Linux Installer or v0.94-3 Mandrake?
 
Old 07-07-2005, 09:40 PM   #11
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Get the one called Mandrake RPM Package and no, you don't have to add all of your contacts, simply set it up with your normal msn/hotmail account and all of your contacts will be there
 
Old 07-08-2005, 01:12 AM   #12
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If you have Mandrake (or Mandriva as its now called) then you need to header over to http://easyurpmi.zarb.org and follow the instructions there to setup access to the software repositories.

After you've done this click Menu->System->Configuration->Configure Your Computer then type the root password when prompted, and click Software Mangement and Install Software on the Mandrake Control Centre that comes up. You should then install the win32-codecs and xine-win32 packages (just type them in the search box) and all your video applications should be able to play .asf files.
 
  


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