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Old 02-03-2009, 02:19 PM   #1
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How do I watch avi files with mplayer or mediamaster?


I have bought an acer aspire 1 with pre-installed mplayer and mediamaster. I tried to watch a video which was an avi file, I got the sound but no picture, can anyone point me in the right direction to allow me to watch avi files.
 
Old 02-03-2009, 02:58 PM   #2
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I think you need to install the divx or xvid codecs. What distro are you using?
 
Old 02-04-2009, 07:25 AM   #3
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I think you need to install the divx or xvid codecs. What distro are you using?
What is 'distro' (sorry really new to all this, but thankyou for helping)
 
Old 02-04-2009, 08:07 AM   #4
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What is 'distro' (sorry really new to all this, but thankyou for helping)
Distro would be like debian or fedora and so on. Once we figure out what distro of linux you are using we can find the correct packages for you.
 
Old 02-04-2009, 08:12 AM   #5
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It uses "Linpus Linux Lite" according to Wikipedia. I don't know what that distro is based on, i.e. rpm, debian?

Also to consider is the architecture. What kind of chip does it use? Atom, arm, etc. If the architecture uses different assembler instructions, then codecs for an x86 architecture won't work. Is the atom processor is an x86 processor?

The mplayer.hu site has a codecs download. It is a tarball file, so you can save the codecs into the directory indicated by the instructions. Mplayer should be able to play the video then.
A file extention like avi or ogg indicated the container format. It will contain a video stream. The codec used to produce the video stream is what you need to support.

You could try "mplayer -identify <video_filename>" to get information about the video codec.
 
Old 02-04-2009, 08:22 AM   #6
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It uses "Linpus Linux Lite" according to Wikipedia. I don't know what that distro is based on, i.e. rpm, debian?

Also to consider is the architecture. What kind of chip does it use? Atom, arm, etc. If the architecture uses different assembler instructions, then codecs for an x86 architecture won't work. Is the atom processor is an x86 processor?

The mplayer.hu site has a codecs download. It is a tarball file, so you can save the codecs into the directory indicated by the instructions. Mplayer should be able to play the video then.
A file extention like avi or ogg indicated the container format. It will contain a video stream. The codec used to produce the video stream is what you need to support.

You could try "mplayer -identify <video_filename>" to get information about the video codec.
yes I believe the atom is an x86 based processor. also Linpus is a fedora based distro so they would need the rpm based installation files.

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According to Wikipedia, it uses Linpus Linux. There are many distributions for Linux available. For example, Red Hat, SuSE, Ubuntu, Mandriva. Distro is short for distribution. A distro usually has a repository on the web. A repository contains software you can install that was built for that particular distribution and version. Many distros are offshoots of debian. They use software packages called debian packages. Other distro's are offshoots of Red Hat Linux. They use rpm files for their packages.

I don't know if Linpus Linux is debian based or something else.

Is the atom processor x86 based or totally different? You can't download a codec for x86 and use it on a powerpc for example.

The mplayer.hu site has a download for codecs. You would untar it using the command: "tar -xvzf <filename>.tar.gz" and then follow the instructions in the README file. That would consist of where to copy the codec files to.
http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/dload.html

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sorry, double posted instead of edited. Thought I had lost it when I accidently went to another site.

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Old 02-04-2009, 08:37 AM   #8
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yes I believe the atom is an x86 based processor. also Linpus is a fedora based distro so he would need the rpm based installation files.
theresap might be "she" (not "he"), is it Theresa P, by any chance?
Welcome to LQ, by the way.

Is the intel Atom x86 compatible? If so its a matter of installing codec' e.g. from the mplayer home page.

Theresa, do you have a package manager program on that machine? Like Yum, Synaptic, etc? If so try to search for codec there when connected to the internet. This would be, by far, the easiest way to install new software.

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theresap might be "she" (not "he"), is it Theresa P, by any chance?
Welcome to LQ, by the way.

Is the intel Atom x86 compatible? If so its a matter of installing codec' e.g. from the mplayer home page.

Theresa, do you have a package manager program on that machine? Like Yum, Synaptic, etc? If so try to search for codec there when connected to the internet. This would be, by far, the easiest way to install new software.

Mons
Yeah I meant to put they but did left out the t and y. Sorry about that.
 
Old 02-18-2009, 05:42 AM   #10
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fedora

Hi, I finally found out what distro my acer aspire one uses - it is on Fedora 8 i386 - does this help? What do I need to do next?
Thanks, theresap
 
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Hi, I finally found out what distro my acer aspire one uses - it is on Fedora 8 i386 - does this help? What do I need to do next?
Thanks, theresap
HI,
Yes. Fedora uses a graphical package manager called Yum. Check if you can find that in your menu somewhere. In yum, search for codec and install some. E.g. start with divx and xvid. Hopefully thats enough for your avi files.

Let us know how it goes.

Mons
 
Old 02-18-2009, 08:27 AM   #12
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I have bought an acer aspire 1 with pre-installed mplayer and mediamaster. I tried to watch a video which was an avi file, I got the sound but no picture, can anyone point me in the right direction to allow me to watch avi files.
Yes the distro installed in aspire one is Linpus, this one is based on fedora 8.0 , to watch videos xvi,avi ... i advise you to install VLC player, to do that please see howto install media player on Linpus
Goodluck !

Last edited by vlademir; 02-25-2009 at 01:48 AM.
 
Old 07-04-2009, 01:19 PM   #13
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really need a good tutorial.
trying to install the codecs for mplayer.
followed the so call instructions such as:

or in case you want a more complete codec package:
get the file from:
http://www.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/rele...071007.tar.bz2
and accordingly:
tar xvfj Downloads/all-20071007.tar.bz2
sudo mv all-20071007/* /usr/lib/codecs/


using the terminal?
but just get errors?

seems i have no codec folder in lib? and mplayer folder has not much in it?

really need a real tutorial not one that assumes that you know something.
i know nothing.
pretty good with windows but this first play with this.
found lots on internet about linpus but they seem too far advanced?

help!!!!!
only want to install codecs, how hard can it be?
 
  


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