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Old 09-12-2005, 04:13 PM   #1
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mplayer... once more into the abyss!


I think mplayer is great. Ever since I learnt - here on LQ - how to rip the soundtrack of a DVD, I knew it was the tool for me.

And I still do ... but it still causes alot of pain as well. I searched up on it, and clearly troubleshooting it quickly becomes complex, if some of the posts are anything to go by.

OK, so I have a series of problems after compiling it for about the fourth time (on different distros though).

1. I can never get OSD to work when I press "o". I get a triangle, but when I press o again, I never get what man mplayer promises: time elapsed. The error I get is the no subfont found ... I have put a ttf subfont in, but no luck, still refuses to see it.

2. configure.log. I didnīt get one last time around. It's just not there.

3. gmplayer. even with --enable-gui when configuring, my knopppix distro does not accept gmplayer. Disowns it totally.

4. I also had --enable-vesa, and now, in runlevel 2, it won't accept -vo vesa. Meanwhile on the other distro, I left out --enable-vesa and it does work. I know it's all this autodetection, it's prob a vesa problem on the distro.

5. the -ss option, well for the 2 different distros I have mplayer on, it gives two different search points. That's not too bad but at "-ss 1250" it seems to see the end of the VOB file, so I have to go in before that and then arrow myself through the rest (because -ss 1250 was by no means the end)

6. Lastly, How should one recompile? This is a more general question. Should I just delete the mplayer file in /usr/local/bin? or will it automatically overwrite? Maybe there's more files I should delete?

More tales from mplayer's edge in the next episode ...
 
Old 09-12-2005, 04:29 PM   #2
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How about installing the package for your distro instead?

http://debian.video.free.fr/

I have it installed from this repo and everything work like a charm, GUI and OSD.
 
Old 09-12-2005, 05:53 PM   #3
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Add one of the following to your sources.list then use Synaptic to install the proper version.

#mplayer,acroread.realplayer,various packages
# deb ftp://ftp.nerim.net/debian-marillat/ sarge main
# deb ftp://ftp.nerim.net/debian-marillat/ etch main
# deb ftp://ftp.nerim.net/debian-marillat/ sid main
# deb-src ftp://ftp.nerim.net/debian-marillat/ sid main


Or follow the directions here: Debian MPlayer How-To
 
Old 09-13-2005, 03:39 PM   #4
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the abyss it is!

Thanks for the answers.

As I was feelinga bit impatient I threw in the nerim ftps into my knoppix 3.9 sources.list and finally mplayer came up in apt-cache search.

However there was a few of them. I went for mplayer-586. I definitely fancied it over mplayer-nogui ... though not by much. I mean what will 586 get me? Ah well, I'm sure there's reasoning behind those nomenclatures.

Anyhow, it went into all the locales I have installed, and never cleaned up, especially the "zh" one: China, eh? OK, but bear in mind I never did any deleting of my previous mplayer. Why not? Laziness, lack of warning. BUt also this, from craigevil's debian mplayer page:

Quote:
Uninstalling Old Version

If you have an older version of mplayer on your system remove all traces of it (if you used a deb do dpkg -P mplayer then go through your system and make sure EVERYTHING for mplayer is gone, some things will not be removed with dpkg -P). This step is VERY important.

Things from apt
That's what I call chilling. Everything "for" mplayer to be gotten rid of. That means all of my knoppix linux. Down the tubes! that's the advice. Amazing the stuff people let themselves write. OF course, I didn't delete my debian-knoppix. I didn't delete my mplayer either.

SO after the apt-get install, mplayer did not work at all. Which means? Delete everything! reformat! So I did that.

So, this really is the abyss. I don't mind, I knew I was going there anyway.
 
Old 09-13-2005, 04:06 PM   #5
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1) Download and install the codecs from MPlayer - The Movie Player install to /usr/lib/codecs
2) Use Synaptic to install win32codecs
3) Use Synaptic to install mplayer, I like kplayer for the gui.
The above steps are all I had to do to get mplayer to work.

Mplayer should work, keep in mind there are packages it depends on, read through the install documentation on the Mplayer site.

apt-get --purge remove mplayer will remove the dependencies but it shouldn't remove your entire system.
 
  


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