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Old 03-05-2006, 11:52 PM   #1
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Hi, newbie here. I got my networking working and now I am looking at useing the PC for stuff. I have a complete red hat 9 install. I put a music cd in my drive and opened up Home. On the left side what looks like a tree I saw a brows cd blinking or spinning, so I clicked on it and I saw directories or folders. One was Ogg one was titles one was tracks they had .wav ogg had ogg files but they were not complete songs. Some place in there was the .cda files. Remember this is my first go at listenung to a cd in linux. I go to the named folder and play a few songs. I had to use noatam as that was the only player putting out any sound. Im logged in as root. The default player said it couldn't write to a root folder, and I dont remember what one it said. I am guessing this prog. would work if I used another account, but I dont know. So noatam played the songs but it let .wav copys in root home. Why? Are the other folder I saw in the cd really there or is it some illusion showing me how noatam would save the cd? Can I play the whole cd? Without ripping it? And I noticed that if I mouse over the wav file it starts to play, thats cool. I know its alot of questions but I could't find any answers on the net or help files. I guess this stuff is too simple to be addressed much but I dont want a copy of every cd I play especially in .wav I'll run out of disk space.

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Old 03-06-2006, 01:19 AM   #2
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Many problems with what/how you are doing things.

1) Red Hat 9 is 6 or more years old. If you like it, you should upgrade to Fedora Core 4, which is the current (free) version of linux from the same makers as Red Hat 9.

2) Don't run as root. Root should only be used for system administration. Running as full time root opens so many security holes it isn't funny. Part of the problem with browser hijacks in Win* world is that anything you do as administrator sticks on the entire system. The same is true in linux, except that next to nobody runs as root. Create a user account, and run as that. By doing so, the worst you can do is screw up your personal files, yet the system itself stays pristine.

I'm actually suprised that you can log in as root in a graphical enviornment, most distros block that ability.

3) There are multiple media players in linux, all of which can play wav files off the CD without ripping the music. What you most likely need to do is mount the CD to the system. Google or search here for how to do so.

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Originally Posted by JimBass
What you most likely need to do is mount the CD to the system.
You don't mount audio CDs. You should just be able to play them by opening a CD player and hitting play.
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Thanks for the sugestions, I just wanted to know about noatum media player though. I could get another player, but I wouldn't have leared anything about noatum. Also are there Ogg files on cd(s)? I never saw them on a windows system. I will use a user account, but I have bin setting up the networking and adding programs like firefox realaudio flash and lineighboorhood and needed to be root.
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I figured out one thing. The other CD playable progams didn't make any sound because I didn't use an audio cable from the player to the sound card. Windows Me and xp made me forget about the old days when you had to do that. If any one can shed any light on what noatum is doing that would be great. Other then that I guess I figured out how to just play a CD. Autorun does the trick, I just needed the cable.


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