You can install libxine1-ffmpeg by using the Synaptic Package Manager like this:
- In xubuntu, select "Synaptic Package Manager" from the Applications -> System menu.
- You will be prompted for your admin password - enter it.
- When synaptic loads, you select "search" from the menu bar and enter the name of the package: libxine1-ffmpeg.
- When the search results appear, click the little box next to the package listing, select "Mark for installation" from the context menu which appears.
- Confirm to mark the package in the confirmation dialog box.
- Click the "Apply" button on the tool bar, and click "apply" in the confirmation dialog.
It looks like a lot of steps, but it's really very simple - it is quite hard to describe interaction with GUIs without a lot of screen shots. Hence you will often see commands to enter into the terminal posted in forums like this. It's easier to get someone to copy-paste a command.
Incidentally, here's the terminal command to do the same thing as described above. (You do not need to do both of these - either install from Synaptic or using the terminal):
sudo aptitude install libxine1-ffmpeg
As you can see, it's a lot simpler to describe, but it's probably not as easy to learn and understand what is happening as using Synaptic.
Just for your information, the underlying package system ends up in more or less the same state whichever method you choose - both aptitude and synaptic (and others) are different interfaces to the same package management system. You will also see apt-get
mentioned. They are all different ways to talk to the underlying package management system.
That some CDs play and not others - this is odd. I can only imagine it is something to do with the CDs which do not play - such as that they are these "copy protected" audio CDs. The copy protection mechanisms work by having a CD with a slightly corrupted session table, which on computers causes them to fail to see the audio session, and more by luck than judgement audio cd players can still see it (not all the time though - especially high end car CD players).
So that is the first thing. Check on the cover of the CD and the insert for very small writing saying the CD is copy protected. If it is, complain to whoever you purchased the music from that you cannot play it and you will probably get a refund. This whole copy protection on Audio CDs thing has been a total disaster for all involved since some idiot had the idea to do it... I have a very nice story about it, but I will tell it later
If you have a CD which you think is not copy protected, we shall investigate further.
On the matter of gxine only playing the first track of an audio CD - I get the same thing. A simple, manual work around is to stop playback, and then go to File -> CD, and then all the tracks on the CD will be added to the play list.
This seems to be something silly in gxine. I found that VLC (another general purpose media player) does it properly. Here's how to set up your computer so that VLC is used to play audio CDs rather than gxine:
- Install the following packages using synaptic or aptitude: vlc vlc-nox libcdio6 libvcdinfo0
- Check that vlc will play your audio CD properly by entering this command in a terminal:
Make sure you can skip forward tracks and so on.
- Open Applications -> Settings -> Settings Manager -> File Manager -> Advanced (tab) -> Configure (hyperlink) -> Multimedia (tab). You should see an option "play audio cds when inserted".
- In the "Command" text entry box under the "Play audio CDs when inserted" label, enter the vlc command:
- Close the Settings Manager, insert a CD and see if it works
Wow, excessively long post! Sorry about that.