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Old 10-24-2007, 10:56 PM   #1
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Angry mplayerplugin for firefox not working

After installing Ubuntu 7.10 I cannot get embedded realplayer files or windows media files to play at all in Firefox. Now all I get is another window to open for mplayer get buffering message then it displays that it is stopped. I have the win32 codecs installed along with gstreamer extra plugins and ffmpeg etc. I removed totem-xine and its plugin with synaptic also but still no luck. Is there anyway to check if firefox is trying to use totem? Anybody have a fix to get the videos to play?

Any help would be great. TIA!
Old 10-25-2007, 02:51 PM   #2
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64 bit or 32? It works for me on suse 10.3 with 32-bit firefox (64-bit system). I know the java plugin only works for 32-bit firefox, so maybe this is the same?
Old 10-25-2007, 06:25 PM   #3
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I am using 32 bit.
Old 10-25-2007, 09:50 PM   #4
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How far does the buffering go? Sometimes I get similar actions, but if it goes to 99%, then stops, I click the play button at the bottom of the mplayer window it seems to play fine. I found, though at other times it does the same thing you report. For example, the site seems to do that.

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Old 10-26-2007, 12:09 AM   #5
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After my last post, I just installed some updates using adept. The plug in now works most of the time with the NPR website. I haven't tested it elsewhere.
Old 11-08-2007, 07:34 AM   #6
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Do you know what updates may have fixed your mplayerplugin problem. I am running pclinuxos and have the same problem.

I am unable to listen to wbal radio . A window pops up and it looks like it's gonna work but then it just stops. I have not tried other web sites to see how widespread the problem is.

I set mplayer debug option to a 2 in the /etc/mplayerplug-in.conf and got the following output

<REF HREF="/listen/ads/audio_ad_ethanallen.asf" />
<REF HREF="" />

I then tried the following from the command line and it works

$ mplayer http://bdcast-hearstradio-wbal-am.wm...rstradioambal-
MPlayer 1.0rc1-4.1.1 (C) 2000-2006 MPlayer Team
CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) Processor (Family: 6, Model: 4, Stepping: 2)
CPUflags: MMX: 1 MMX2: 1 3DNow: 1 3DNow2: 1 SSE: 0 SSE2: 0
Compiled with runtime CPU detection.
98 audio & 216 video codecs
mplayer: could not connect to socket
mplayer: No such file or directory
Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.
Cache size set to 100 KBytes
Cache fill: 16.00% (16384 bytes)
ASF file format detected.
Clip info:
Trying to force audio codec driver family libmad...
Opening audio decoder: [ffmpeg] FFmpeg/libavcodec audio decoders
AUDIO: 44100 Hz, 2 ch, s16le, 48.0 kbit/3.40% (ratio: 6003->176400)
Selected audio codec: [ffwmav2] afm: ffmpeg (DivX audio v2 (FFmpeg))
AO: [oss] 44100Hz 2ch s16le (2 bytes per sample)
Video: no video
Starting playback...
A:1499952.0 (416:39:12.0) of 0.0 (unknown) 1.1% 8%

I am running
# rpm -q mplayerplugin
# rpm -q mplayer
# rpm -qa | grep firefox
Old 11-09-2007, 08:34 PM   #7
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I don't really understand all of what you are saying. I am running Kubuntu 7.10. My Firefox version is Here is the contents of my m-playerplugin.conf file:


I hope this helps.
Old 11-09-2007, 09:02 PM   #8
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The mplayer-plugin is one of the most buggy things I've used in my 4 years with linux. Sorry that doesn't help at all, but I wouldn't sweat it too much if it doesn't work. I've not once gotten it to work 100% of the time.

Edit: Thinking about it further, it is by far the most buggy thing I've used. (or at least seamingly buggy, I say this cause there's always a chance the problem rests on my end, though I doubt this is the case).

Last edited by kryptobs2000; 11-09-2007 at 09:04 PM.
Old 11-09-2007, 09:17 PM   #9
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Thinking even further about it (sorry lol), I remembered what worked best for me, but I'll just explain my experience with the mplayer-plugin first:

I find that it seems there are compatibility issues with different releases of mplayer. I have only tried a single release of the mplayer-plugin throughout all of these (well I really don't know for sure, I always just grabbed the latest stable source release). What seemed to alter whether the plugin worked or not was how I installed/where I got mplayer from. In all of these mplayer itself worked flawlessly, the descriptions are how mplayer-plugin worked based on the installation method of mplayer.

Ubuntu 7.04 installed by default:
Seemed to work some of the time, though very hit or miss, I'd say 20-50% of the time it worked when trying to play a video, more often than not it would either get to 99% and freeze or simply not load at all and stay stopped. I've only tried on ubuntu very limitedly as I was just setting up a friends computer on one occasion.

Slackware 9,10,11 compiled from latest stable source release:
Most of the time when I would install it this way it simply wouldn't work at all. The few times it did work again I'd say probably it would work 20-50% of the time when I'd try and play a video. Most often just either getting to 99% and freezing while hitting play does nothing, or it would just not load at all and say stopped.

Slackware 9,10,11 compiled from cvs:
This has by far worked the best for me. I think it has so far worked every time I've installed it this way (not to say that it worked 100% of the time though, it's still very finicky). When trying to play videos it normally will load 99% and I'll have to hit play, but I'd say maybe 70-80% of the time I can play videos this way. So my best advice would be to try and reinstall mplayer from cvs, it works best for me at least.


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