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I'm haveing problems using various players to view vidoe files. The players such as vlc and mplayer will play them but it splits the screen in two. The top half plays the video but it's split into two showing the video in two of the same pieces. The bottom half of the screen is a bunch of green lines. I'm using Fedora Core 1. When I first installed mplayer it worked fine for a day and now it runs like crap. Please help and thank you for your time.
Did you install the binary codecs from www.mplayerhq.hu? Try downloading the essential codecs pack, and putting the contents of the archive in /usr/local/lib/codecs and see if that helps. Also make a symlink so that /usr/lib/win32 points to /usr/local/lib/codecs
You would do this with the following command as root.
ln -s /usr/local/lib/codecs/ win32
to see if you see all of the codecs.
Kaffeine is also a good player to try.
Also, just a note, Fedora Core 1 and 2 support has ended. I highly recommend upgrading to Fedora Core 4 or else using CentOS 4.1 if you want something with a longer support cycle that is based on Red Hat. CentOS 4.1 uses essentially the same packages as Fedora Core 3, so it is not out of date. And it will be supported for 7 years with security updates, and a new release will be released every 18 months (it is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, so it is on the same release schedule).
Also, just a note, Fedora Core 1 and 2 support has ended. I highly recommend upgrading to Fedora Core 4 or else using CentOS 4.1 if you want something with a longer support cycle that is based on Red Hat.
You may also want to look at the Fedora Legacy Project if you still want to stay with Fedora Core.
what the hell are you talking about?? we are not running windows here.
Judging from the original post the guy isn't ruining his computer as a big company server, just a personal pc.
the average person running Linux doesn't have to worry about security. because Linux is so secure to begin with.
the problem with linux now a days is that we have alot of pompous nerds who's only solution to any problem on an older os is to "upgrade" as apposed to telling them to download some update or try using an older version of the software.
I don't know about you but I don't like going through the hassle of upgrading or reinstalling my system.
the worst any virus can do is delete your home files, unless your stupid enough to login under root.
There is no need to be on the "bleeding edge of technology" unless your doing work that requires it. if your just watching movies, surfing the net, playing games you dont need the newest of the new.
hell I can wip out my 486 and serf the net just fine.
another problem is that people give nubs overly complicated answers that involves 50 lines of code in command line then configuring 20 other files.
people shy away from linux because of this Bull Shit.
Ah, but then by your logic, companies like Linspire wouldn't release security patches for their software.
You'll notice I pointed out CentOS as an option, and one of the reasons I did is 7 years of updates. As in not upgrading the Operating System for 7 years and still receiving security updates indirectly from the number one vendor for Linux systems. This is one of the prime reasons I advocate CentOS over things like SUSE and espescially Fedora.
Ah, I forgot to lock my car!!! Oh well, I live in a nice neighbourhood, better sorry than safe, right?
Also, let's just say there is some widespread rootkit or virus for Linux sometime in the future (and before you say this isn't possible, I'll counter by saying quit being naive...Linux isn't some kind of supertank...hell, even VMS isn't). All a person would have to do in any supported distro is use an update program. What would a person running Red Hat 9 have to do? Hmmm....upgrade the system perhaps? May as well do it now, get more up to date technology, and more piece of mind.
Oh, and the only code I see was my command line instructions, only a few lines. Please let me know the GUI way of doing those options, I'm really interested . It is possible, but not as straight forward. How about installing Nvidia's Linux drivers on a system which doesn't have the driver available as a package....please let me know the GUI way of doing that. How about installing a package not supplied by an add-on repo or the distro vendor....please let me know the GUI version of GCC, I have seen none as of yet.
EDIT : You also say it could only affect your home directory. Well, guess what? There are plenty of privaledge escalation bugs that have been found in Linux software.
Of course, if you like the idea of running unpatched software, by all means go ahead. I, of course, will still recommend running supported systems.
Last edited by linux-rulz; 08-07-2005 at 09:31 PM.