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Old 03-02-2005, 01:00 AM   #1
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Installing MP3 support in Fedora Core 3 on an x64?

I just got x64 FC3 installed (man, does it ever run sweet!) and I'm going about the usual configurations, but now I'm finding that the MP3 plugin isn't working. I got the MP3 plugin off of and installed it, but none of the apps recognize it. XMMS, gstreamer and rhythmbox all claim that there is no MP3 decoder installed. I've installed and uninstalled to no avail. The only MP3 codec that I can find for FC3 is an i386 binary, which probably won't work, as there's no 32-bit code engine in FC3.

I tried getting the gstreamer updates from the yum repositories, but it's looking for x64 packages (of which there are none that I can see) and it always errors out claiming that it can't find the right files. I've checked the yum repositories, and there's not a lot of stuff for x64 out there. :|

Has anyone else gotten MP3s working in FC3 x64?
Old 03-02-2005, 03:55 AM   #2
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Have you followed the instructions found at Fedora Core 3 Tips and Tricks?

yum -y install xmms-mp3 gstreamer-plugins-extra-audio libmad libid3tag

# Red Hat & Fedora links
The Fedora HOWTO explains the different software managers.
Maximum RPM
Easier software management: apt4rpm
Fedora Core 1 Tips and Tricks
Fedora Core 2 Tips and Tricks
Fedora Core 3 Tips and Tricks
apt, yum, and up2date repository settings (configuration files) for Fedora Core 3
# Handling NTFS
New Technology FileSystem (NTFS) HOWTOs

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Old 03-02-2005, 09:45 AM   #3
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Yeah, I tried to get the packages from yum with that exact command, but it's looking for an 'x64' set of packages. I'm at work right now so I can't get the exact error, but I recall that it's looking for an 'x64' package directory. It errors out saying 'file not found' or something similar. There's no 64-bit packages on that server. I checked.

I've been able to get 64-bit binaries for everything else (NTFS driver, nVidia driver, etc.) but I can't find anything that will work for this.

< edit>I think I just found the solution: this review of FC3-x64 said that they were able to get XMMS working with MP3s by downgrading to the 32-bit version of XMMS....I wasn't aware that you could even run 32bit apps in FC3-x64. Sw33t!

I'll post my results when I get a chance to try it out later. < /edit>

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Old 03-04-2005, 12:52 AM   #4
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Yes, it does indeed work. 32-bit XMMS installed without complaint, and runs the mp3 plugin perfectly.

Now I have hope for getting Maya6 and Pixel32 working


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