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Old 11-24-2003, 08:55 PM   #1
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Question problem with xmms plugin

I am totally a linux newbie .
i downloaded the mp3 plugin for xmms and installed it.
it played nice for that day and next day it was dead again.
when i tried to start it from shell it showed the following warning.
.mcop warning:user defined signal handler found for SIG_PIPE, overriding
arts_init error: can't connect to aRts soundserver.

any one please help me.

Old 11-24-2003, 09:33 PM   #2
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lol, i asked the same question when i was a newb, the advice given to me was...

instead of messing about with pluggins, use a media player that was specifically designed to play whatever you wanna play.

and the answer is.... mplayer !

mplayer is reealy the best most compatable media player for linux,
mplayer is to linux, as winamp and windows media player is to windows.

download the following files...

and bring up a comand line console...
cd to wherever u downloaded
rpm -ivh mplayer-*.rpm

that will install mplayer + mplayers command line interface, and mplayer's graphical user interface.

issue the command gmplayer to load the media players graphical user interface, or the command mplayer (media_file) to play from cmmand line.

with that installation you can play almost ALL media types...
and, if you wanna play the scary media trypes (like quicktime) download the win32 codecs from the same site.

man mplayer
man gmplayer

will give more information.

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Old 11-26-2003, 05:11 AM   #3
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thanks alot qwijibow.

the mplayer is in action now . even though i got some error messages
it works fine.and to my great surprise the xmms mp3 plugin is also
working but only in kde shows a warning

.mcop warning:user defined signal handler found for SIG_PIPE, overriding

but not the error:

arts_init error: can't connect to aRts soundserver(shown only in genome)

a bug in genome??

Old 11-26-2003, 05:48 AM   #4
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No. You probably have XMMS set to use the aRts output plugin. aRts is the sound server used on KDE, so it wouldn't work on genome. You should be able to select a different output plugin. Also, IMO, XMMS is great and although MPlayer plays audio files, XMMS is smaller and nicer since it just sits very tiny in the corner of your screen, and also has lovely KDE dock panel controls (although MPlayer may do as well)

Also, as a question of my own: I have always used Xine for films, but since everyone raves about MPlayer so much, I thought I'd give it a try. Why does everyone think it's sooooooo great? It does the job, as does Xine, but to be honest I could find little difference in any speed or performance between the two, and both play all of the formats I need. I still use Xine because I couldn't be bothered to change all of my file associations, but if someone can give me a good argument as to why I should use MPlayer, then I'll switch.
Old 11-26-2003, 08:56 AM   #5
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ive not seen any raving about mplayer.
if you like Xine, stick with it.

reasons i like player......
works from command like And has a GUI, so i can use command line for audio.
And play music when im not working within X.

it can play ANY file format, provided you have the win32 codecs installed, ive never come across a file format it cannot detect and play.

also, i use it to extract still jpegs from video sequences...

PLUS, it has some funky tools, but i cant tell you much about them since i dont have them installed.


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