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Hi Folks... I want to run Mplayer so that I can run files that aren't Real Media files (eg. Mpeg, avi etc etc...you get the drift) My problem is that ...
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    Mplayer - too complicated for a Noob!


    Hi Folks...

    I want to run Mplayer so that I can run files that aren't Real Media files (eg. Mpeg, avi etc etc...you get the drift)

    My problem is that I don't know what the heck I need. I've been running (and supporting Windows for 8/4 years respectively) and am just used to downloading a single file, clicking install and running it! At this stage I'm having issues with my modem at home so I can't just jump on the net to grab whatever else I need. I have to burn stuff to cd at work then take it home)

    Could someone tell me, from a reasonably new RH9.0 build what I need?

    I went to the Mplayer site and it's file after file, source code, rpm, gui, codec yadda yadda yadda.

    I just want a player, with a gui that will play these files and I don't want to spend hours hacking away at it!

    Apparently there's some lib files needed and gcc files?


    I have RH9 (Shrike) - what is Shrike?
    AMD 1200+ with 256MB Ram
    GeForce2 Video Card (64MB)

    I so very much want to learn Linux - but it's so confusing!!

    Thanks for your patience and help!

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    Suggest you install Xine.
    I had virtually the same system as you and it works fine. I could never get Mplayer to work.

    Follow the instructions here

    http://cambuca.ldhs.cetuc.puc-rio.br/xine/
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    Thanks, I'll give it a whirl when I get home tonight!

    I had attempted a Xine install, but floundered after getting frustrated (but the site you gave looks like it'll help lots!) and tried MPlayer...

    Will let you know how I got on!

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    Ok, most of the install seemed to go ok (Xine). The codecs installed, the player (though I can't find the executable) but when I came to installing the gui I got an error message along the lines of:

    Unable to locate dependencies:

    LibXine1 > LibXine
    LibXine.so.1 >

    blah blah.


    Anyone know why the installer would install the app without error (by installed I mean using the installer gui) but am unable to install the Xine GUI?

    I can find the directories it installed into /usr/local/shared/Xine




    Thanks!

    Chris B

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    Did you install the libxine rpm at the site I linked to?

    Open a terminal window and type rpm -q libxine*

    ...to see if it's installed.

    I also found it's important to install just as it's written on that page, not using the gui package manager.

    ?? Did you install by the command line?
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    Thanks Chris,

    My bad - I missed the command line parameters!
    I will re-install each package.


    You've been a big help, thanks again.


    Chris

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    Don't forget to uninstall them first.

    rpm -e package_name

    I had the same prob until I removed them and installed as per the instructions.
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    Another media player that is much easier to get installed (all it needs is JRE) is vlan http://www.videolan.org/ . It won't play everything, but it's not bad.

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    You probably *are* better using Xine if you would like a good player with a nice graphical front end. One the other hand, I'm using Mplayer without a gui (fewer dependencies) and although it was a pain to get going, it does a good job on most dvds etc.

    One trick is to compile it from source and do this with the right options. The manual is huge and scary and is probably a major cause of betwetting, but never mind. I can't remember all the relevant compile options, but the one that put it right for me was to do with --runtime-cpu (not the right syntax, but you get the idea). This is **not** optimal, and isn't good for a slow/old PC, but it works for me, and I have many happy evenings watching 'Gladiator' and 'Bound' without a gui. So it is possible to get working
    I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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    Not forgetting Ogle for a cheap & cheerful does what it says on the tin type of dvd player.
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