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Old 08-25-2009, 10:01 AM   #1
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problems with movie players and executable files with Ubuntu 9.04

I'm very unfamiliar with Linux, but I've managed to get everything working but a few minor bugs.

- I have Movie Player and VLC Media Player installed, and they work more or less OK, but there is a certain type of MPG file that neither will play, and I know the files are not corrupt, because they play on Windows Media Player. It doesn't say there is a missing codec or anything; all that happens is the screen comes up and remains black, as if it's trying to play, but cannot.

- For some reason, I cannot get executable (.exe) files to work. For example, I tried to get Google Pinyin, and downloaded the .exe file. But when I clicked on it, I got this error message from Archive Manager:

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End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not
a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the
latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on
the last disk(s) of this archive.
zipinfo: cannot find zipfile directory in one of /home/Desktop/GooglePinyinInstaller.exe or
/home/Desktop/, and cannot find /home/Desktop/GooglePinyinInstaller.exe.ZIP, period.

Any help would be deeply appreciated. Oh, and I'm essentially illiterate when it comes to technical computer terminology, so please word any explanation as if you were talking to an 80-year-old woman who has just bought her first computer.

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exe. files are for Windows operating systems and in Linux you will have to run them under Wine. Open Administration>Synaptic Package Manager and use the search box and type in wine. Install it and use it to run your exe file. Further info


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