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i am using open suse 10.3.
I installed tarball of mplayer but used ./configure without enabling option of gui.When i execute mplayer <movie file>.The file is played but screen is not visible anywhere though sound is heard.Actually I wanted to use mplayer with minimum configuration.
you probably didn't copy the necessary codecs. They can be downloaded on the mplayer's website. Just extract them to a folder. There's a readme file in the codecs pack which will tell you where to copy them to.
I read the README file that came with mplayer tarball which first asked to create a particular folder and copy codecs into it.Then it asked to use ./configure & it is optional to add enable gui which I did not do then as usual 'make' followed by 'make install' & no error occured.Actually previously I had installed mplayer with gui enabled then added skin & everything had worked fine but I just want to install mplayer without gui then play file using simple command 'mplayer <filepath>'.Is it possible.
If you compiled mplayer without any errors and copied the codecs to the appropriate folder than you should be ready to go. If not, then as nflenz advised, you need to specify the -vo (video output, I guess) eg.
mplayer -vo xv yourfilm.avi
Once you've found out which vo works on your system, you can save it in mplayer's config file:
What you have said is already mentioned in mplayer readme & it is actually the first step before ./configure.To quote:
Unpack the codecs archives and put the contents in a directory where MPlayer will find them. The default directory is /usr/local/lib/codecs/ (it used to be /usr/local/lib/win32 in the past, this also works)