Mplayer + Ubuntu problem

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  1. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    So I put Ubuntu back on my laptop, and I'm determined to make it my new OS, instead of a temporary thing. And after I got my wireless going, my first order of business was to install mp3 and DVD support.

    So I installed mplayer and all its parts, and I'm running into trouble. Every time I run mplayer with a DVD, mplayer crashes with the error "Mplayer interrupted by signal 11 in module: decode_audio" and advice to recompile it. This only happens when I've got mplayer set to a compatible audio output device (ALSA or ESA - I've tested both with the multimedia system selector control panel, and they're both working). If I select something else like OSS or Raw PCM sound, I just get a message that there will be no sound and the video plays.

    Mplayer works to play non-dvd video files, with sound.

    I don't want to recompile, because I like all my major applications to be installed through my package management system, but other than patching and rebuilding the .deb package, I can't find a solution to this.

    Has anybody been able to get it working?
     
  2. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    By the way, Totem movie player works on the same discs that mplayer chokes on.
     
  3. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Searching the net again (I spent about 2 hours on it last night), I found this:
    https://launchpad.net/malone/bugs/508

    And down near the bottom of the page I found this post:
    I downloaded the mplayer-586 package from that location, installed it, and it fixed the problem. So as quick fixes go, that's a good and proper one. :)

    Now I'm off to find another problem to solve. :mamoru:
     
  4. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I've had very little luck with MPlayer on Ubuntu. It seems to crash a lot.

    What I would recommend is:
    1) Add the Backports repositories (http://backports.ubuntuforums.org)
    2) Get w32codecs and totem-xine (will delete totem-gstreamer)
    3) Get libdvdcss, libdvdplay, etc... if you don't have them already
    4) If you don't like the Totem interface, get xine-ui or gxine or whatever frontend you like

    I've found Xine to be quite excellent recently.
     
  5. ch33t4h

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    install vlc. it will play anything
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I didn't realize that VLC ran on Linux. I'm about to try it :cool:
     

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