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Old 02-17-2004, 03:34 AM   #1
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Question How to register new codecs with Totem? (mandrake 9.2)

First up - hi everyone. First post here & first time using Linux!

I'm using Mandrake 9.2 on my Toshiba Satellite Pro 4600, and have everything up & running apart from Totem, which can't play any Windows Media video files. I googled and found the Xine codecs RPM "w32codec-0.52-1.i386.rpm" and installed that into /usr/lib/win32. However, I still can't play WMV files - it returns a codec error, saying "windows media 9 not handled".

I'm a complete first-timer linux n00b so I'm a bit stuck, and having only ever used Windoze, RTFM didn't really help .

Any help greatly appreciated.

Old 02-17-2004, 04:02 AM   #2
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If Totem uses Xine or MPlayer, then copy your windows codecs
to /usr/local/lib/win32 and link this folder to /usr/local/lib/codecs
(as root, enter
ln -snf /usr/local/lib/win32 /usr/local/lib/codecs
at the console).

Old 02-18-2004, 03:47 AM   #3
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Thanks for that. Unfortunately, my linux noobieness has foiled me again, so I could use another pointer.

The Xine codecs from the RPM have installed to /usr/lib/win32, and not /usr/lib/local/win32. Does this make any difference? Also, there is no directory called usr/lib/local/codecs. Will I have to create this, as the only thing I could see remotely similar is a subdirectory off my home directory called /home/karl/.gnome2/totem-addons. I tried copying the codecs there but again no joy.

I'm tearing my hair out

Old 02-22-2004, 12:11 PM   #4
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I have installed mplayer and it worked fine but could not know how to get Totem work.
Any idea?


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