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New2MDK 03-08-2005 12:12 PM

Streaming audio/video through Firefox
I'm using Mandrake 10.1 with Firefox 1.0.1. I've been unable to successfully find any plugin/application which will allow this. I like to listen every morning and afternoon to so I can get my fill of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. I tried urpmi mplayer, butt it says it can't install it, due to a missing codec. Does anyone have any suggestion on how I can accomplish this? I posted a similar question before, and was never able to figure out how, or I misunderstood any suggestions.

Please, I'd appreciate any help,


rpdillon 03-08-2005 01:34 PM

You'll need a few components to get the stream running. I visited your site, but I didn't see what codec they were using. I did notice it was clearchannel, which means it probably isn't something simple like mp3 or ogg streaming.

For MPlayer, you'll need an RPM of MPlayer for Mandrake, as well as the MPlayer codec pack (often called win32codecs). These are available from mplayerhq. When you're finished installing that (and tested!), go get the mplayer-plugin for firefox. This will allow you to use mplayer as your "universal" plugin from within firefox.

If you're still having trouble getting mplayer installed, post the error so we can see what the exact problem is.

New2MDK 03-08-2005 04:15 PM


After trying to install the RPM or using urpmi I get the same message:
Some package requested cannot be installed:
mplayer-1.0-0.pre6.7plf.i586 (due to unsatisfied real-codecs)
Continue? (Y/n) y

Then it asked me to continue, and when I do it goes back to a prompt:
[root@FicA gian]#

After visiting mplayerhq I read the best way to install mplayer is by building from source. By doing this will I be able to accomplish what you said?

Thank you


homey 03-08-2005 04:27 PM

I wouldn't get too excited about installing mplayer for that web site. I tried it and it wouldn't play with mplayer or realplayer. I even went to a windows box and couldn't get it to play. That site it one big advertising block after another but they don't seem too up and up on online streaming.
I did a google for streaming Rush Limbaugh and came up with this . Maybe one of those will work better.

rpdillon 03-08-2005 04:34 PM

Building from source is a good option, usually. The only problem with RPM based distos is that things can be difficult to remove if the makefile doesn't support "uninstall".

Anyway, check for a codec RPM first, and try to install that. If that isn't available or doesn't work, then go for the source based install from mplayerhq. Try a google search for "mplayer RPM mandrake" and see what turns up. If you don't see any add-on RPMs for codecs, see if you can get an RPM for real_codec, since that is what the error mentioned (sounds like the RPM was compiled with real support, and now it needs it to install - you won't have that problem installing from source.)

As far as that website, I have no experience with it, but it is run by clearchannel, which probably means that have the stream DRM'd to hell and back, making playing it impossible without some custom player, I'd expect.

Good luck!

New2MDK 03-09-2005 05:12 PM


Hi again. I've never complied/installed from source before, but am wanting to learn it, however, I'm not clear on something. From mplayerhq it says under README & INSTALLATION SECTION the things you'll need to compile, for example:

Does that mean I have to acquire those apps and install those particular libraries. Sorry about this, but I have yet to try any of this, thus my "STILL" newbie status :scratch:

Thanks for any and all suggestions


{BBI}Nexus{BBI} 03-09-2005 06:58 PM

Did you use Y or y? the response is case sensitive.

rpdillon 03-09-2005 07:53 PM

In short, yes.

The list *does* look quite daunting, but you'll find you have much of it already installed. For the things you don't, you can use RPMs available for Mandrake. A lot of it is also optional, and will be detected when you run ./configure before compiling.

One of the hardest (and most daunting) tasks for new users is to NOT be intimidated by compiling from source. It's usually fairly simple, and involves just about 5 steps:

1) Make sure you have the dependencies installed
2) Untar the archive (tar xvzf archive.tar.gz)
3) cd to the new directory and run ./configure
4) run "make"
5) use "sudo" to run "make install" (i.e. "sudo make install" and then enter your password)

In 90% of cases, that's it, and it doesn't often vary for mainstream projects. Java programs may use Ant for something like that, but it's pretty rare for most programs.

Stick with it, read the docs, and you'll be fine. =)

New2MDK 03-10-2005 10:35 AM


Originally posted by {BBI}Nexus{BBI}
Did you use Y or y? the response is case sensitive.

Oops, it was a y, I'll try again. I wasn't aware responses such as that were case sensitive.

Thank you

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