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Old 08-13-2005, 04:45 PM   #1
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Question Playing WAV files in SUSE 9.3-64


When I try to play Cd with wav files on it I got a message that it is not possible (does not matter which player I use). I have been searching if there is a thread dealing with the same problem on the forum, but I cant find any. There is no problem playing other audio files.

Old 08-14-2005, 10:57 PM   #2
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What programs are you using... .wav is pretty common and most players will play them by default... have you also tried playing the wav files after copying to your HD... Never heard of the "not possible" error...?

Old 08-15-2005, 10:31 AM   #3
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Have you downloaded the SuSE multimedia packs? SuSE by default ships with a lot of the multimedia stuff turned off. You need to install the optional multimedia pack patches to enable them. This can be done via YOU (YaST Online Update). Once you have this done, you might want to go "whole hog" and install all the other multimedia "enablers" out there.

I found (as have numerous others) that after I had installed all of the multimedia option packs, SuSE would play .mpg and .mp3 files, but no joy on my .avi and .wmv files. I searched on the web and found that there is a site in Germany, where someone has rebuilt the relevant packages from scratch, not from "crippled source" like SuSE did. If you delete your offending media players, add this site to your list of installation sources and then re-install, all is well. This is what I did, and it worked great.

Here is the "recipe":
1) Go to YaST, Software, Change Source of Installation. Select Add, then select HTTP from the drop down list
2) Add "" as the server, suse/9.3 as the directory
3) Finish out of Change Source of Installation

4) Go to YaST Install and Remove Software
5) Delete (uninstall) Kaffeine, xine-lib, xine-ui
6) Install the following (Search for each one by full or partial title and then select):
- w32codecs-all
- amarok-xine
- kaffeine
- kdemultimedia30-video-xine
- libxine1
- xine-ui
- xvid
- xvid4conf
- MPlayer
- Mplayerplug-in
7) Finish out of installing the software and then reboot

This fully resolved my issues with SuSE 9.3's multimedia limitations. I hope it helps you!


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