Thank you OneBuck for your suggestion, but I am bandwidth poor (only 1 Gb per month).
My own system is Debian and I installed the w32codecs package by hand (only 1 package and no dependencies
). I think I will have to try something similar. I have the Kubuntu 8.04 cd but its such a bloat. It is so slow in loading and accesses cd even if you click the menu button !!! So never got a chance to see if it has the required codecs.