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Old 05-07-2009, 03:54 AM   #1
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Exclamation Totem will automatically close when playing AVI videos and MP3 audios

Hello guys, good afternoon.

Guys, I really need you help. Got a problem here with Totem or Movie Player.

I have AVI videos and MP3 videos here. Just recently installed the following:
1. ubuntu-restricted-extras
2. build-essential
3. Skype
4. Opera Browser
5. PlayOnLinux
5. GYacHI
6. WinFF
7. Crossover Linux
8. Mozilla Thunderbird
9. VLC Media Player

When I tried to play AVI and MP3, the Movie Player will open for awhile and then it will just close. VLC Media Player could play MP3 files but when I tried it with AVI files same with Movie Player. Both Movie Player and VLC Media Player will automatically close when playing AVI videos and MP3 audios.

Is there something I forgot to install?


This is a bug?

By the way I'm using Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04 and the Kernel version is 2.6.28-11-generic. Hope you can help me with this.

Take care and God bless.

Last edited by SHENGTON; 05-07-2009 at 04:07 AM.
Old 05-07-2009, 05:06 AM   #2
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It sounds like you are missing some codecs - some players will do this if the file you are trying to play does not match the codecs they have available.

Are you sure you have installed the codecs for your players?

An alternative is to use MPlayer, I have often seen it work perfectly where Totem / Kaffeine fails completely. It plays every file I've ever encountered, and is quite stable and actively maintained.

It needs quite a few depending libraries for full functionality though, including

file:///mnt/win/linux/mp3/lame-3.97.tar.gz <--- this takes care of MP3 decoding (I think)
and its codec packs:

but once you DO have these installed, it should play any and all files encoded as .avi with .mp3 as audio codec.
Old 05-07-2009, 05:54 AM   #3
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Hello rylan76, good afternoon.

Everyhting works fine now. I just followed this post. And it's said that All I have to do is go to System => Preferences => Multimedia System Selector and changed the video output to something other than auto detect.

After that I can now play AVI and MP3 files. It is said as well in that topic that just like you said that instead og using the Intel driver I just need to install the VESA driver.

Thanks and God bless.


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