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Old 07-15-2003, 08:41 PM   #1
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Installing a video player

I have tried everything under the sun to try and install some sort of media player. I was told to install YUM and it would install the downloaded RPMS and install the software. YUM installed fine but when I go to install Mplayer it starts out preparing to install then it a error window pops up saying that there is a unlocatable package. the package is mplayer-common. I found a RPM with that wording and downloaded it but to no avail. Does anyone have a clue on what I am doing wrong. I'm at my wits end and DO NOT want to go back to windows.
Any help would be appreciated
Sorry I'm using Redhat 9 at the moment
Old 07-15-2003, 08:59 PM   #2
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mplayer has to deal with some dependencies....

I'd suggest you to get Red-Carpet or Synaptic.
Old 07-15-2003, 09:24 PM   #3
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Compile the programs instead of using RPM files.

To compile
1) Untar or un-compress the file in to a directory. You can use file roller, ark, gnome archive if you want to use GUI. You can extract it in /tmp.
2) ./configure
3) make
4) Login as su and make install.

Though you need to have a copy of your kernel source code and a compiler to compile programs. Use the package installer and find kernel source code and compiler.
Old 07-17-2003, 05:25 AM   #4
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what you can do is to use apt to manage your packages
download apt for your distrib, then install it then update the package list (apt-get update) then install mplayer (apt-get install mplayer), it will take care of the dependencies and will do so for any app that you will install with it

apt is a maravellous app
Old 07-17-2003, 05:34 AM   #5
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use kickstart, it has mplayer and mozilla-mplayer plugin in its repositories, it is the best version of apt I have found for rh9 - makes everything very easy!

it's on my main page of my guide, link below
Old 07-18-2003, 06:54 AM   #6
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another possibility

Try VLC (video lan client)

It's an amazing thing on linux and on windows, plays every conceiveable video format: (remember to download all the plugins from the site)
divx XVID
divx Ac3 (sound)

Check it out, maybe it will make you as happy as me.
Old 07-18-2003, 07:45 AM   #7
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I'd also suggest xine available That's my favorite media player, but it's a royal pain to compile/install


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