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BTW, I am not going away. I'm just not going to post for a while as I ran out of ideas for you to try. I will still monitor the thread. But if you still can't resolve the problem and no one has provided any suggestions, then this thread has run its course.
The linux software forum has lots of viewers. Place a post there since you are having a software issue.
What I like about Linux with all its shortcomings, most distros are one or a few persons developing them. How can these distros in such a short time be so good for free or very small cost. While these billion dollar companies, been around forever, still can't get it completely right!
What else can I try? is there a bullet proof distro with realplayer and mplayer already installed out-of-thebox ??? - has to be a live .iso or a vmware image.
The magical distro doesn't exist: it's more a question of a distro being right for a person and a system which can be wrong for somebody else. As hinted before, your way of using the OS (live/in VM) may cause the problems since others don't seem to have these issues.
That said, Pardus is a distro with basically everything "non-free" installed & working by default. It's my personal recommendation for linux-newbies and anyone looking for hassle free desktop computing but YMMV. There's an ordinary and a live ISO for download but try to find a fast mirror.
Installed PARDUS as live cd ... very impressive distro. Amazingly it picked up my broadcom wifi without any problems - the only distro I've tried which has managed this (Mandriva and Puppy worked with much reconfiguring).
However, I cannot get the package manager to run - it starts up but then just ends without any info feedback. Sound control is dubious (mute doesn't mute).
Now to the crunch - mplayer is installed out-of-the-box. Streamick.com (WM stream) works fine; BBC 1-Minute News fails as both WM or RealAudio (using mplayer plugin) - exactly same symtoms as under vmware distros. No video, no sound - urls load then stop.
I am now totally disillusioned - but at least I can conclude that vmware isn't at fault - so I can revert to that method (as it's more convenient).
Tried out Sabayon (looks good on paper!) - attempted to install mplayer options (since streamick.com said plugin needed - ie. WM function). The portage software manager has just got to be for non-humans - unintelligible for the (oops ... here he goes again) 'average' user. gave up in despair once again. Although, the Sabayon desktop is really nice. So, the score today is: linux distro - 10, user - 0.
Now, dloading ubuntu 7.10. Gotta give it a try since so many people swear by it.
Why I can play the videos and you can't is a complete mystery. I am using linux to play these videos and others try the BBC website as well with different outcomes. I don't think this is a linux issue. If this was so, I would experience the same thing you are having now. There as to be other unknown factors affecting the behavior of linux on your end.
There are so many linux distributions out there. Some people will experience different results from distro to distro. For some people, linux is either a positve or negative experience. Most will quit, and others would stay awhlie and tough it out.
Only you can determine if linux is right for you. Nobody else.
People can point out the cool effects of beryl and compiz fusion when using linux, but this won't mean a hill of beans, if your experience with linux is negative.
For me, linux as been positive and I'm very happy with it.
Despite what I said earlier in the thread, I really do like linux - especially, for me, Mandriva feels smooth and easy to use. If only I could crack this video thing - it's like a nagging tooth. I just can't leave it alone!
There must be an answer out there ... somewhere ... somebody! I'll try ubuntu & if it's no go then I think I'll start another thread relating specifically to ubuntu. I tried a Mandriva thread but only got one or two general answers.
Again, you've been really good helping me - I don't feel totally alone in my madness!
YES! I've got it working! I had this gut feeling that it would work if I selected RealPlayer rather than Windows Media and then pasted the IP address into the File > Open Location box of RealPlayer, it's a tweak I've had to apply before to access one of our national radio stations. And yes, it works for the BBC too.