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Old 05-12-2003, 10:25 AM   #1
qwijibow
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Exclamation please dont make me go back to windows


Hi kids,

im still trying desperatly to get comfortable with linux so i can remove my windows partition forever and free up sum space but some things are still standing in my way.....

1. all my media players bundled with red hat refuse to play mp3's because of copyright... how do i fix this ?

2. i have many media players under both gnome and kde that say that are capable of playing the usual media files,
but when i try and play any of them (mpeg ogg avi) they simply stop playing the instant i hit the play button, why ??

3. i have a pci modem, i hear many people have trouble with winmodems ect ect. BUT after going to my modems driver page (where i got my windows driver) there is also a driver for my card under linux. so if they have made a driver for my modem, for linux, my modem must be linux compatable right ???

the instructions that came with the driver are...

install using the rpm.
run sm56setup to link the driver to the system.

SO, after doing this,
i have a new file

/dev/sm56 which is my modem driver right
and the /dev/modem is linked to it.

all normal,

and when i boot, linux detects my new modem as a motorola sm56 which it is, and configures it.

so by now im thinking this is gonna work, and i can se the internet with linux, BUT

i use the network configurator to set up my connection, and i cannot activate the device.

i tried everything, cycling through all the possible ports

/dev/ttys0
ect ect ect

and even directly specifying the driver
/dev/sm56

but still noting, when i select some ports, the activation fails with an error 7, or 8.

and under some ports, the network configurator just sits and displays "activating device" for an eternmity,

what the hell is going wrong ??????????

thanx for any help.

+ if i bought an external dial up modem... would that work ??
 
Old 05-12-2003, 10:48 AM   #2
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Dont give up just yet!
Bout your sound problem: do you get sound at all? If so try changing the output driver of your player, how to do this depends on what you use. I Myself use xmms (The options for changing drivers, plugins etc: ctrl + p!), works great but I did read about rh policy about mp3.
Dont know if that applies to xmms shipped with never rh distros (or if its even included, as I said xmms works for me but thats earlier rh 7.3)
If your sound doesnt work at all, is it a supported card or a strange obscure thingy?

Never used a modem in linux so cant tell you much 'bout that but if you can surf the web isnt everything working ?
Also, if your modem is supported (you obviously get it configured when booting) I would spend some more time fiddling with it before getting a new one!

Fiddling: the ONE true way of learning linux (and a lot of other stuff )


Cheers, Klod
 
Old 05-12-2003, 11:24 AM   #3
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1.) You didn't say which release of RedHat but if it is 9.0 then look at this post and follow Trickykids advice.

2.) I'm not sure what to do about this problem.

3.) If it has Linux drivers provided for it then the modem "should" work under Linux but I have not had any good experiences with getting internal modems working flawlessly under Linux so I finally broke down and bought an external serial (I use 56k) modem a US Robotics USR 5686E to be exact and have not had any problems yet out of it. So if you feel like playing then try to use the internal but if you're tired of trying then just go external/serial (Avoid usb if at all possible).

maybe some of this helps

Bubba169
 
Old 05-12-2003, 11:55 AM   #4
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Redhat does not ship with MP3 support due to certain laws.
However, if you go to this link,

http://havardk.xmms.org/dist/xmms-1.2.7-rh8-rh9-rpm/

Install that RPM. Then you can use XMMS to play MP3's

Regards
 
Old 05-12-2003, 12:33 PM   #5
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There is no problem with sound when i play music directly from an audio CD, so my sound card is working fine, the problem is watching my music video's (mpeg's)

im running RedHat 9.

and yeah, i need to do loads of fiddling.
ive not yet managed to install anything new to my system
because this means downloading it under windows, burning onto a CD, then booting linux. and thats just a waste of cd's

i know its a stupid way, but linux cant read NTFS and i had to span windows across 2 hard disks, so i cant have the linux hard disk in my system while im booting on windows... anyway bottom line.... ive not been able to have any practice at using the whole make or rpm thing.

but thanx for your advice, ill keep FIDDLIN

and the mpg123 rpm works GREAT. 1 step closer,,, lol

Last edited by qwijibow; 05-12-2003 at 12:38 PM.
 
Old 05-12-2003, 08:10 PM   #6
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IT IS DONE !!!!!

So kiddies....
went in my room, dug up somthing that veigly looked like a modem,
slapped it into my machine.

read the id code of the chip, found a "linmodem" driver.

installed the rpm

tried to setup my hfs modem driver, got loads of errors, didnt understand anything, but saw a few keywords

"kernel", "c compiler" and package not suported

instinktivly installed the tools that come with red hat 9 for kernel recompiling,

then tried to install the driver again... it worked.

tried to activate device, it groaned then BOOM.

I AM SPEAKING TO YOU ALL NOW THROUGH THE WONDERS OF LINUX, I CAN NOW DELETE MY WINDOWS PARTITION.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

ISNT THIS KEWL. LINUX CAN NOW DO EVERYTHING THAT WINDOWS DID, ONLY NOW, I CRASH EVERY,,, UM,,,,, NEVER CRASHED YET, WHERE AS UNDER WINDOWS IT WAS EVERY 4 HOURS.

YAYYYY

IM A HAPPY BUNNY OOPS I MEAN PENGUIN, AND THIS FORUM ROCKS.
 
Old 05-12-2003, 08:13 PM   #7
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Quote:
cant read NTFS
Well, actually there is a kernel module that will let you read NTFS, you just can't write to it....
 
Old 05-12-2003, 08:14 PM   #8
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Congrats man,

I remember when I finally turfed M$ from my box permanently. Feels good....
 
Old 05-12-2003, 09:18 PM   #9
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So did you get java and flash to work using the same browser? All of your other issues resolved that you posted about?

Let us know.

Regards
 
Old 05-13-2003, 12:01 AM   #10
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Congrats dude on getting a modem to work. Like KennyK was asking are problems number 1 & 3 solved now? If so then how about problem number 2 is it fixed now or does it still stop playing?

Anyways congrats again and welcome to the flock

Bubba169
 
Old 05-13-2003, 02:08 PM   #11
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i still cant play music video's but everything else is fine

isnt it funny how a Winmodem works better on my linux machine using a driver which is described as "highly experimental use at your own risk" than it does under windows using a stable driver ?????????
 
Old 05-14-2003, 05:35 AM   #12
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To play the video's you will need to find the codecs. the avi codec can be found at www.divx.com/divx Also perhapd freshRPMs have them in RPM form ???
Highly experimental in linux tends to mean, We have it working but havent tested it enough !
 
Old 06-25-2003, 01:44 AM   #13
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hey quijibow - did you actually make your sm56 work with rh 9 ? then plz help me !!
 
Old 11-02-2003, 06:21 PM   #14
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lol.. ok, i started this thread when i was new to linux.
since then, ive now got quite comfortable with it.

ive even sucessfully compiled kernel 2.4.22 and got it working.
however, when i went to linuxant.com to get the connexant driver for my new kernel
i found out you now have to... (brace yourself) PAY FOR DRIVERS !

so... out comes the connexant modem (the one found in a deep dark corner or my bedroom) and back in goes the sm56 modem. of which drivers are still free, but dont seem to work

rajorshi, no, i still cant get the sm56 modem working, even though the driver installs fine, the modem just will not initilise.

dont suppose you have had any luck ???
 
Old 11-03-2003, 05:52 AM   #15
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you dont have to pay for the drivers but you wont get 56k from the free ones. My suggestion would be to sell both your modems on ebay (some winows user will pay for them !) and get a decent external one. Since switching to my external serial modem I have found increase in speed aswell as able to see the activity lights go on and off :P
 
  


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