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Old 11-05-2012, 03:09 PM   #1
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Play .asf files on Fedora 17

Hello all,

I'm trying to play a video from the site using Firefox. At first, the video would try to load within the page, but the screen would just stay black, with alternating images of a movie reel, a photo, etc. I tried to follow an online guide for installing mplayer, and now when I click the link, FF asks me whether to save the file or open with Mplayer. Either way, the video will not play in Mplayer. I'd like to have the video stream directly within the webpage, instead of being downloaded.

What should I do?

Thank you in advance!
Old 11-05-2012, 04:16 PM   #2
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Have you installed all of GStreamer's plugins? GStreamer is the default player that opens movies in your browser and it needs plugins to play certain video types. Search for "gstreamer" in your package manager and install any plugins available. If you're running Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint or derivatives, run the command:
 sudo apt-get install -y gstreamer0.10-plugins-good gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly
Old 11-05-2012, 05:13 PM   #3
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you might want to read the fedora wiki pages for "restricted" formats
fedora dose NOT ship with that code installed

also you might want to have a look at Mjmwired's fedora page

fedora dose NOT use Ubuntu's "app get"
it uses " YUM "

nor is "sudo" set up
if one wants to risk the security risk on fedora then one can set to up
but BY DEFAULT "sudo" is not used

personally i like SMplayer
it is a QT4 gui front end to Mplayer
and the ALL codec package -- manually installed

( do a yum search it is there but in one of the third party repos )
su -
yum search smplayer
and read the yum help and man pages
su -
yum --help
------ and this also------
man yum
Old 11-05-2012, 05:30 PM   #4
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Sorry, didn't see the "Fedora 17" on the title. An easy way to get the additional GStreamer plugins on Fedora is to go to and install the free and nonfree repos from Firefox, then run the command:
 su -c 'yum install -y gstreamer-ffmpeg gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly
Enter your administrative (AKA root) password when prompted.


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