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Old 10-05-2004, 09:07 PM   #1
silverfire
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Totem media player problems


I have a couple problems with Totem. Number one, it can't play DVDs, evidently, and number two, I can't play .wmv files very well. The DVD issue isn't too big, as I have a DVD player hooked up to my TV that I can use. The other issue, on the other hand, *is* big. I can't play Windows Media Player 9 files, which I can understand, but the .wmv files that use the older format(s) play, but with crappy video and nothing but static coming out of the speakers.

I've tried searching for a codec or plugin to install, to no avail. If you can help me out, I'd be very grateful. I'm running Mandrake 10.0 right now, on an Athlon-based system. I figured I'd post this here, in the Mandrake forum, because I feel sure that the codec, if it exists, will have to be packaged for Mandrake. If I'm wrong, great!
 
Old 10-05-2004, 10:18 PM   #2
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you need to install win32 codecs from either PLF rpm repository, the mplayer website or the xine website into /usr/lib/win32. To play DVD's make sure there is a symlink called /dev/dvd pointing to your dvdrom drive. If not you can create on similar to the following,

ln -s /dev/hdd /dev/dvd

my dvdrom drive is /dev/hdd so substitute the path for the right on on your system.
 
Old 10-06-2004, 02:20 PM   #3
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I have the symlink already, and the DVD drive is accessible by other programs, such as K3B. I just can't play DVD movies in Totem. As far as the .wmv stuff goes, I tried using the package manager to download the stuff from PLF, but I have yet to be able to successfully download/install anything from there. I keep getting an "incorrect signature" error, which, if ignored, leads to a curl error, resulting in nothing getting installed.

I'll look at the xine/mplayer sites and see if I can get it working from there. Hopefully, that'll fix this problem.

Thanks for your help. I appreciate it.
 
Old 10-06-2004, 04:37 PM   #4
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I had a problem with totem playing dvds also. I was getting a nav error when I played any encoded dvds. Unencoded ones played fine. Not sure if this is the problem you are having, but I had to install libdvdcss to get it to work.
 
Old 10-23-2004, 02:21 PM   #5
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Totem complains, but plays

I always get errors when I put a DVD in my drive and Totem tries to autostart it.

Then I choose Movie>Play DVD from the menu and everything works just fine (part from an occasional error now and then -- very, very seldom -- when navigating).

Maybe this helps, and I have no clue if my DVDs are encoded or not.

/E
 
Old 10-23-2004, 02:57 PM   #6
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Yeah. That's what I discovered, as well. The autostart doesn't work, but if you go to the DVD menu, you can play them. I still haven't gotten the .wmv stuff working right, though. They play (as long as they're not Windows Media 9 files), but the sound is pure static.

Which annoys me because if I want to watch a video that a friend made, I can't. .wmv is the most common format, it seems, for videos made by friends. Or .mov. Which plays with sound, but has some problems, as well.

And that leads me to another issue. Quicktime files, if I can download them, I can watch them. I can't watch them in the browser, however. I installed the Mozilla Xine plugin and now Mozilla and Epiphany both silently crash if I visit a page with an embedded .wmv or .mov. Before the plugin was installed, I could see the page just fine. I just couldn't see the video. Now, though ...

Sounds like fun, huh?
 
Old 10-23-2004, 08:53 PM   #7
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Did you URPMI the quicktime plugin or try a manual install?

I've have had no problems with the quicktime plugins installed via urpmi off the repositories.
 
Old 10-24-2004, 08:36 PM   #8
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libdvdcss??

Were can i get libdvdcss at????
 
Old 10-24-2004, 08:54 PM   #9
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PLF repositories.

See: http://www.zebulon.org.uk
 
Old 10-24-2004, 09:14 PM   #10
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opjose,
iam not finding it where should i look at on the site? I dont mean to be a hassel but iam new at this stuff
 
Old 10-24-2004, 10:26 PM   #11
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If you followed the directions one of the items that get automatically installed by urpmi is the libdvdcss libraries which enable mplayer, etc. to read and decrypt DVD's.
 
Old 11-19-2004, 03:49 PM   #12
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Anky: try http://easyurpmi.zarb.org/ if you have problems with the configuration of urpmi (once that's done you can get things by just typing their names in urpmi)

/E

Last edited by arkey; 11-19-2004 at 03:51 PM.
 
Old 11-19-2004, 11:06 PM   #13
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The link I posted takes you to easyurpmi, but also shows you how to use the new configuration to enable things that might be overlooked, like encrypted DVD support.

Start there instead.
 
Old 11-25-2004, 08:29 PM   #14
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libs

libdvdread is used for decoding dvds if your having nav problems instal liddvdnav you can find these files at rpm find use google to translate its a german site
 
  


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