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Old 06-27-2008, 05:47 PM   #1
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Totem problems plus newbie here...

I am getting
Totem could not play 'file:///tmp/nanosail.wmv'.
You do not have a decoder installed to handle this file. You might need to install the necessary plugins.
when I try to run a movie from here

I have Totem version 2.17.0 on openSuse 10.2 (Linux i686), so far prefer the KDE (3.5.8 "release 22.3") environment. The error occurs when I attempt to view a "wmv" file from the internet using Firefox 2.x, it plays "avi" and YouTube no problem. I searched around a little for a solution but have yet to find out how or where to put a "decoder" for Totem - or - even if I should use Totem.

I have not spent much time figuring this one out so far when I found your forum here and "figured" I would become a member and make a post.

What really irritates me about some of these forums is that those claiming to provide help tell the poster how stupid they are and then fail to provide a link to a solution. I will freely admit to being dumb as a rock sometimes, prove me stupid and I will do the "duh dummy for today" thing. Again before flaming me I have not spent much time researching Totem so far....
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Hi, I don't know how openSuse package manager works, but did you search for codecs ?
on Gentoo Linux I use "emerge --search codecs" then it show me a list of codecs available for download and install, otherwise, you can try MPlayer with its codecs package ( it always work well here ).
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Originally Posted by alan_ri View Post
Followed the instructions at the site, it appeared to work but when I attempt to view the "wmv" it has the same result as before. Restarted Firefox, I did not restart the machine

Those repositories are interesting and how Yast handles the installation of new things. My problem is that I spend most of my time on MS junk and this is my firewall against being trapped in MS land, so I do it once and then months later here I am saying WTF.

Off to Gentoo Linux site, see what they have there.

Thanks folks,


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