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Old 11-30-2005, 02:57 AM   #1
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Linux version to play dvd, vcd only preferrably without gui to save battery


I want to know whether there is a linux version that can be used to boot up just for playing multimedia files. I wanted to have something like the cyberlink powercinema for linux that plays multimedia files without loading unnecessary libraries. Or is there a way to configure linux distros so that only files needed for playing multimedia files are loaded.
Why do I want this? So that I won't have to waste battery power whenever i just want to watch dvd or play music in my laptop. thanks.
 
Old 11-30-2005, 03:12 AM   #2
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http://geexbox.org/en/index.html

Even smaller than a distro
 
Old 11-30-2005, 07:23 PM   #3
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thanks a lot.. I'll try it out...
 
Old 11-30-2005, 10:45 PM   #4
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http://sourceforge.net/projects/movix/

I've used this in the past. You can even use a Windows based OS to make the bootable ISO images. As far as features, it will play anything MPlayer can. Infact it looks just like Geexbox. All you need is the programs at the above site and codecs/fonts from MPlayers site. They won't tell you how to play DVD's due to legal reasons but just use get the libdvdcss from else where and install as a codec. The codecs, fonts and dvdcss don't need to be unpacked and can be used in their compressed states.

Just another option for you.

As a side note the home page is down right now due to an upgrade.
 
Old 12-01-2005, 02:24 AM   #5
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BTW same story with GeexBox

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download the Generator and copy the necessary codec files into the /iso/geexbox/codecs folder of the generator, then use the generator to create a disc image, which you can then burn. The resulting disc will have the non-free codecs built in and should work with all files using those codecs.
Just a note about laptop and video card, you might have a problem if it is not a

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ATI Rage, ATI RageMobility, ATI Mach64, ATI Rage128, ATI Radeon, ATI X300/600/800, nVidia Riva TnT 1/2, nVidia GeForce 1/2/3/4/5/6 series, 3Dfx Voodoo Banshee, 3Dfx Voodoo 3/4/5, Matrox Mystique/Millenium, Matrox G200/G400/G450/G455/G550/G650/G750, Intel i810/815, SiS 300/315/330, Trident Cyberblade, VIA Unichrome
You might need to remaster the iso.

Worth testing. If you try both movix and geex can you let us know
which one you settle for and why.

I use geexbox on a desktop. Worked relatively well actually.
 
Old 12-02-2005, 12:03 AM   #6
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Thanks a lot for all your replies.. I've tried geexbox and so far, it works with avi files. Haven't tested it with a dvd movie but will do that later. However, I've got a problem with some avi files that I was able to download. I downloaded the codecs from the same site where i got those avi files, copied them to the codecs folder, but it still doesn't work.
How do I install the codecs in geexbox? I've downloaded a compressed codec, I decompressed them and copied to the codecs folder but it doesn't work... I am wondering whether I need to do some other things with those files so they could work.
The codec files I have are with an extension of .so.

btw, I installed geexbox into my laptop.
Right now, I'm checking movix..

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Old 12-02-2005, 02:43 AM   #7
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How do I install the codecs in geexbox?
look at the geexbox wiki

Also you will learn that
1) it is not an helpdesk; you need to do some homework
2) if you do not tell us exactly what the problem with all the details and errors
you have little chance of solving it.
Remember I am on the moon, cannot see your pc from there

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I downloaded the codecs from the same site
Is that what geexbox recommands?

AFAIK you can get various avi. Maybe be called avi, but what is in it?

Did you try to play the avi with mplayer for a starter (with all the ad-hoc codecs?)
 
Old 12-03-2005, 02:13 AM   #8
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1. I've downloaded some codecs from the mplayer site.
I got them compressed form...
Should I decompress them before copying to the codecs folder of geexbox or should I just copy it there without decompressing the file?
2. I got the avi files from narutochaos.com. When I tried playing these using geexbox, it won't play, the screen will just blink and go back to the menu.

Right now, I'm trying out different codecs...
 
Old 12-05-2005, 03:08 AM   #9
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What does the geexbox wiki say?
Most likely they need untaring (uncompressing yes)

Did you try mplayer within your distro with that avi file as I suggested? Do that first before trying with geexbox

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