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Multimedia incompatibilities have been a plague to my existence! All I can tell you is what worked for me and mine -- get rid of all totem and Mplayer packages, go with VLC. Slackware's philosophy of one application for one task could not be better illustrated.
Do this with the command line. Learn apt-get inside and out. Check out references found in the sidux manual, for instance. Half the fun is learning how to make your machine and distro do what you want it to do and no more (more is less with multimedia).