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Old 03-25-2008, 08:06 AM   #1
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playing bin file

i downloaded a video file and its .bin format how can i play it.

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Old 03-25-2008, 08:31 AM   #2
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I wouldn't mess with it. .bin is typically something that you would run. But you shouldn't have to do that to play a video file, so maybe they are trying to plant a virus on you.
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You might want to try mplayer or mencoder to find out what video format it really is, or convert it to some known format.

The extension '.bin' only means that it is a binary file, as such it can be anything from Microsoft Excel to an executable application - in short anything that is not explicitly ASCII text.


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Old 03-25-2008, 10:19 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by simplicissimus View Post
The extension '.bin' only means that it is a binary file, as such it can be anything from Microsoft Excel to an executable application - in short anything that is not explicitly ASCII text.
echo "Howdy" > hithere.bin
file hithere.bin
hithere.bin: ASCII text

On UNIX-like systems the "extension" in general has nothing to do with file type. But you can always run the file command from a terminal to determine what kind of file it is.

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Old 03-26-2008, 04:57 AM   #5
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perhaps that's a cd format just like ISO.. you'll need a file converter to convert it to iso, mount it, then play the contents with mplayer

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