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i just started using linux a couple of days ago and i need some help(surprise surprise) i want to be able to watch avi/mpegs etc... i have done some research ...
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    Xine/mplayer installation help


    i just started using linux a couple of days ago and i need some help(surprise surprise) i want to be able to watch avi/mpegs etc... i have done some research and tried installing mplayer and xine but i have no idea what im doing. i really dont understand the process. ive tried getting the source and rpms to no avail. can someone please help me out in installing one or the other. ive been to countless sites trying to figure it out for myself and nothing seems to work. i have mandrake 9.1 and i went to the 2nd cd and found xine there, double clicked on it and it said its already installed but i cant find it. any help would be great.

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    ok. its really easy:D

    it would be best if you did this in command line only but i will describe the gui method as its nice and simple!

    you need a program called "kcompile" its part of kde so it should be on your instalation cd's. install it and then download this file:

    ftp://ftp1.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/rele....0pre1.tar.bz2

    open this file with kcompile and it will uncompress the file and open a window which will allow you to compile it just press "ok" untill you get to the last screen

    from heer click start and it will configure/compile and install for you (you will be prompted for the root password)

    this will give you a fully working instalation of mplayer WITHOUT a user interface which is fine to run a film type this in a xterm:

    "mplayer -fs /home/extensive/movies/hardcoreporn.avi"

    without the "" of course and change the file name accordingly remembering to use capitals where nesacary:D

    hope it works for you if not or you get errors while it compiles then just post the error messages:)

    ps: dont bother with xine in my opinion its not as good as mplayer by a long way (mplayer plays more vidio formats than microsoft media plaer or any other comercial media player, it even plays some broken avi ((microsofts own format)) files that windows media player cant play!!)

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    ok i cant find kcompile on my cds. wow everything is like a runaround with linux

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    jeeze sorry my fault its not "kcompile" its kconfigure do those steps with kconfigure.

    Yeah you are bound to get frustrated with linux to start with- i did but once you get used to the filesystem and other things like a few simple commands you will find it to be much more easy to administrate and use than any other OS, so dont panic and stick with it, you will be happy with the results!

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    ok i got it but i got an error about gcc. it says i need to upgrade it. im gonna try to find but post a link if you can...

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    ftp://ftp.mirror.ac.uk/sites/sources...-3.3.1.tar.bz2

    follow the same instructions for compileing this as the ones that i gave you for mplayer:) (with kconfigure)

    edit: once you get mplaer installed and running you will notice information about your system displayed when you start mplayer.. this is because as you compiled mplayer on your system it is optimised for your hardware.. something you dont get with pree compiled binarys.. like .exe and stuff

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    for future reference, you might want to look into urpmi for mandrake, it makes thing a lot easier.

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    i guess i will look into that. anyways i dl gcc now what do i do? there are like 20 different ways to install things and i know like 15% of some of them. please help.

    edit: tried kconfigure got this error
    Configuring for a i686-pc-linux-gnuoldld host.
    Created "Makefile" in /home/extensive/Desktop/gcc-3.3.1/gcc-3.3.1 using "mt-frag"
    ./configure: line 8: cc: command not found
    *** The command 'cc -o conftest -g conftest.c' failed.
    *** You must set the environment variable CC to a working compiler.
    :o

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    anyone?

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    sorry.. i do not understand that error maby someone else does.

    do you have mplayer on you mandrake cds?

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