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Old 07-20-2008, 12:29 AM   #1
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problem with playing wmv in mplayer.

In The Name Of GOD

I will be thankful if you guide me .
When ever i want to play .wmv files with Mplayer it gives This error .
How can i solve it ?
Which codec package should i copy from this address that will be enough?

I use debian etch 4 ,kernel & cpu 32bit
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Old 07-20-2008, 01:35 AM   #2
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win32 codecs will allow you to view wmv files
the error code has nothing to do with wmv files.
you need to read the man page for mplayer
Old 07-20-2008, 01:59 AM   #3
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There are actually several versions of the wmv codec. The older ones have pretty good support by the Free players, but the newer revisions are still being worked on.

win32codecs is actually a package of free-but-not-FREE windows codecs from Microsoft and other companies bundled up and made to work on Linux. As the name implies though, they are mostly designed to run on 32bit x86 systems. You probably don't need to download the ones from the mplayer site though. Most of the major distros have packaged versions available somewhere, usually in a some kind of non-free section or from a third-party repository.

If you don't want to use the win32codecs, or if you're running a 64bit or non-standard system and can't use them, try using vlc player (videolan) instead. In my experience it has the best wmv support of all the Free players.

BTW, the error message you're getting is a failure in opening the video driver. Try switching to other drivers in the settings until you find one that works best.
Old 07-20-2008, 05:19 AM   #4
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In The name Of GOD

Thanks alot for you'r attentions .
I changed video driver and it's ok NOW and i can play .wmv files now with no problem .
But when i want to play this url with mplayer it gives me this error ?
Is it because of that ,server is busy ?

Thanks alot
regards dehqan
Old 07-24-2008, 03:16 AM   #5
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Can we play .dat files in mplayer ?

Old 07-24-2008, 04:34 AM   #6
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Are these .dat files by any chance part of a video-cd (vcd)?
You can play these too with mplayer and vlc - and probably with others also.
(you can play the disk - but not just the dat file IIRC)

mplayer vdc://1 for example


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