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    Arch Linux Mplayer wont player .wmv

    I downloaded mplayer, and it plays all the other codecs fine. but wmv, just cant be played. when i open it in mplayer it says "Error opening/inializing the selected video_out(-vo) device" and if i open it up with firefox, i just get wierd colored blocks. I downloaded the essential codecs from mplayers website and put them in the correct folder, but that didnt do anything.

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    i changed drivers, and now mplayer will open the .wmv, but it will still be just a bunch of yellow blocks.

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    Linux Guru Juan Pablo's Avatar
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    Maybe installing the all-codecs package or unsupported?
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    I don't run mplayer so can't say for sure what the problem might be but try running:

    pacman -S codecs

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    tried that, wont work. it just has random yellow and green squares moving around.

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    possibly your driver???

    Open the .mplayer/gui.conf file the vo_driver line should read: vo_driver = "x11"

    If that doesn't work, check your video card support for mplayer @ and follow the instructions for your card.

    Best of luck to you.

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    A possibility is, that the wmv file you try to open relies on a too new version of the wmv codec that didn't get ported to linux yet.
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