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When i try to look at any kind of movie through mplayer on a web page, a blank screen appears with the words "mplayerplug-in Getting playlist..." but nothing ever happens. I have the codecs in /usr/local/lib/codecs.
You could try (and I have had limited success with this):
open a console
use su (to become root)
type in mozilla (or whatever the name of your browser is)
the browser now opens as if you were root)
go to the page that needs the plugin and say ok to downloading it
once it is there (and working) close the browser and type exit in the console
reopen the browser (as yourself) and go back to the page
if it still doesn't work, go toy your browsers plugin folder and make the plugin executable by users
Alternatively (and more dangerously), give your account full powers and go to the page to download the plugin. Then return your account to normal powers and see if it still works.
Ok - I don't know your distro, but I would guess that your Mozilla folder is in /usr/local and is either called Mozilla or Mozilla-1.x.x (whatever version you are running). In a console, type "whereis mozilla" (w/o the quotes). You can find out your Mozilla version by clicking in Help-->About Mozilla.
Inside that folder, you will find a plugins folder. Now, there are 2 ways to do this: either open a File Manager as Super User (or login as root) and right click the plugin and click properties and change the permissions or in a console type "chmod 777 /usr/local/mozilla-1.x.x/plugins/plugin name" (w/o the quotes). I prefer the first method simply because it's a little easier and I'm not entirely convinced I've given you the correct permission numbers!
I did what you said XavierP and it still doesn't work! I don't know why it has to be so hard to watch these things, but every distribution I've used has had problems and on several different types of computers. BTW, I'm using Arklinux right now. Anybody else got an idea how to get this to work?