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Old 08-28-2003, 11:50 PM   #1
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various software troubles (RH 9)

I'm having several software problems and figured I'd try to deal with them in one go:

I'm not sure if this is a hardware or a software issue, so I'll post it in both: When ever I try to play an audio cd (the drive is a Creative 12x PC-DVD), the software (XMMS, KsCD, etc) recognizes the disc and lists the tracks, and appears to be playing the CD, but I hear no audio. My audio cables are all connected correctly, and I have no trouble playing mp3s, mpeg videos, DVDs, etc.

I recently downloaded and installed MPlayer, and then the mozilla plug-in. MPlayer seems to function perfectly, but whenever I try viewing and embedded video (mpg or mov) all I get is a grey box containing the text, "mplayerplug-in - Loading Movie". I wait, assuming the video is buffering, but nothing ever happens.

What is the best software to use to create mp3s? is there a plug-in for XMMS that will do this?
Old 08-28-2003, 11:56 PM   #2
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Yeah, that cd playing problem is common.

Luckily, in the new version of XMMS (1.2.8), it has "digital Audio extraction" support, that solves the problem. (you may have to turn it on in the CD Player options in it)

Download and install the new version from

Also, the new XMMS can rip MP3s as well.

If you dont have a portable player that you need compatability with, I suggest you use OGG instead of MP3. It sounds better, uses less space, and is patent free, so it works everywhere.

I cant help you with your mplayer problem, sorry.
Old 08-29-2003, 11:07 AM   #3
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Thanks for the XMMS info. I have a car stereo that plays mp3s, plus all my songs are in mp3, so that's what I'm looking for at this point. THanks for the ogg stuff, tho. I'll have to look into that.

I'd still like some help on the mplayer question, so if anyone has any info it would be greatly appreciated.


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