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Old 09-17-2003, 07:23 AM   #1
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Yamaha OPL3 SA3 sound and mplayer issue


Hi....

I have recently switched to RedHat 9 with GNOME.

I have the Yamaha OPL3 SA3 sound board which has successfully been detected in every linux version. However, I have to configure the card manually with sndconfig. I have not been able to find the exact driver for this soundcard. I have been using the Yamaha OPL3 SA2 driver that comes with Linux instead and am able to listen to mp3s, audio cd's.

My question is - IS Yamaha OPL3 SA2 the driver for the OPL3 SA3 board or is there a drtiver with exactly the same name available? If this is not the driver, then does ALSA provide the exact driver for my soundcard?

In addition to this, there has been an issue with mplayer too, as the videos run little slower and that too in a small window. Making the window full screen does not change the size of the video screen in mplayer. I dont know if this is a problem with the soundcard driver or the video card....I have a SIS 6326 Video card with 8 MB VRAM.....and videos run at normal speed in Windows 98. so i dont know why they arent running fast enough and full screen in linux...

I have tweaked few settings in mplayer as suggested in the warning message which was displayed within a few seconds of pressing the play button. Although that has improved the speed a little bit, but still, it isnt normal. And if the speed is so slow in small screen...i guess then the screen will freeze if it is changed to fullscreen mode! ( Till now the screen does not show fullsize, only the window changes to fullscreen mode...so cant say what will happen...)

pls guide....
 
Old 09-17-2003, 12:36 PM   #2
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Well quite surprised to find my question still unanswered. I do not wish to post further problems unless i find solutions for the current one.....so pls...suggest some ideas...thanx
 
Old 09-17-2003, 11:19 PM   #3
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This is really quite strange!.....No one has cared to post a reply to my problem. Even the moderators havent seemed to noticed that my post has been unreplied since 2 days!

Pls guide...Looking forward to a reply at least today ...

Thanx
 
Old 09-18-2003, 01:25 AM   #4
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As to you first question about the drivers, I've checked out alsa and it seems that they use the same driver for both. It would have been nice of them to say so, though. If in doubt, try it. See if it works.

As for video playback, are you playing DVDs? I've experienced a little slowdown of late also. I don't really know what I did. The small-screen problem sounds like your using the wrong video output. Try adding the "-vo xv" option to mplayer command line interface. It sounds like it's using the x11 output instead of xv. There's also xvidix but I can't get that to work on my computer.

About the no-reply, give it at least two days before you get agro about people not replying. Your first "reminder" was only 5 hours after your initial post and the one after that was only after an 11 hour gap. You shouldn't be always expecting a reply after 16 hours. Sometimes you get lucky, sometime you don't.
 
Old 09-18-2003, 01:42 AM   #5
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No, I am just trying to play .mpg videos that i have stored on a CD.

Yes i am using the X11 drivers as no other option is working with my video device.

For your informations I have the SIS 6326 Video Card with 8 MB Video RAM with an AMD-K6 400 MHz CPU, 256 MB RAM, 8.4 GB HDD..and Videos run normal in WIndows 98, thats why i have the reason to feel worried.

And the reason for my impatience is that I dont feel like moving over to another issue, until the current issue gets solved. and this is one forum where my queries have been taken care of immediately. Thats why expectations have built up. Anyways, will try and keep myself quiet...since u have said that i need to wait longer than that...

Thanx anyways for the help....any other ideas are welcome.
 
Old 09-18-2003, 04:08 AM   #6
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Did you compile MPlayer from source or did you use a precompiled binary? Apparently, many distro ship a crippled version of that program because of some sort of licensing issues.
 
Old 09-18-2003, 08:25 AM   #7
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The mplayer package came packaged with the RH 9 CDs itself. I have neither installed it from outside nor compiled it.

Along with this problem, the mplayer is also buggy. Sometimes, when i press the stop button, it shuts down automatically. It also flickers the screen every time i press a button.

I dont know why there is no proper video player in Linux. I also tried to install Xine, but that wasnt successful due to failed package dependencies.
 
Old 09-18-2003, 08:42 AM   #8
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Welcome to rpm-based distros. I can't stand them. Dependency hell... not for me. Yeah MPlayer is dodgy when you use a precompiled version. Go to www.mplayerhq.org and download the source and compile it yourself. And seriously, if you're going to use red hat then install apt4rpm. It's a port of debian's apt package and it automatically downloads and installs all dependencies for any given package. I think the only dependencies are libgtk1.2 if you want the gui. They'll supply the codecs.
 
Old 09-18-2003, 10:22 AM   #9
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I tried to install apt4rpm (however in the test mode and not actual install) as per your suggestion and i got the following output:

rpm -ivh --test apt4rpm-0.65.1-0.pm.0.noarch.rpm
warning: apt4rpm-0.65.1-0.pm.0.noarch.rpm: V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID 8ff214b4
error: Failed dependencies:
perl(XML::LibXML) is needed by apt4rpm-0.65.1-0.pm.0
perl-XML-LibXML is needed by apt4rpm-0.65.1-0.pm.0

I then kept on installing all files from the Redhat CD starting with Perl......as there was no file of the exact name. Even then the test output dosent change. I also checked additional packages but i cannot find the 2 packages that have been listed in the error message.

Now what next? Any ideas?
 
Old 09-18-2003, 07:25 PM   #10
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How ironic. You can't install a package management program due to dependencies. Try this link:

http://apt4rpm.sourceforge.net/dl-instruction.html

It looks like it will tell you what to download and from where.
 
Old 09-19-2003, 08:23 AM   #11
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well...thanx for the link..

I posted the previous reply because PERL is supposed to be packaged with RH 9.....and i didnt find it anywhere on the 3 CD pack...

And for your information, I know very well how to download packages and to install the dependencies....But I am so tired because every additional package that I download is dependent on some other package that does not exist on the system.

Another thing...if u dont feel like helping, then u dont need to....this is a forum where newbies post their small small problems...and lot of them are quite obviously stupid....

.if everyone knew how to go about things...why the hell would forums be created...

thanx anyways
 
Old 09-19-2003, 09:07 AM   #12
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I wasn't making fun of you, I was making fun of the whole rpm system. I was making the comment that installing a dependency-solving package manager was a bitch due to dependency problems. I think it's funnier when you're looking from the point of view of a debian user since apt comes standard for us. Anyway, I thought it was funny. Rereading my post I can see how it can be misconstrued.
 
Old 09-19-2003, 09:38 AM   #13
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well...to be honest, ya, i got annoyed at that last post because after all the hard work and sweat, if all u get r dependency failure messages, then i hope u can imagine my pain...

And its not that I am scared of working hard to configure it....But still...Its really painful to discover errors again and again...How come one can know which package lies in the system and which does not...

My point is....along with the source file, all of the dependent files should have been listed.....Then may be i downloaded the apt4rpm file from a site which didnt list the dependent packages....

anyways.....no hard feelings Adz.....thanx for the help...and i'd appreciate if u keep coming to my rescue in future too..
 
  


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