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On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 12:57 PM, Sundar Nagarajan <
sundar.personal at> wrote:

> Dean Hamilton wrote:
> > I just updated Ubuntu from 8.10 to 9.10 and now cannot play any video.
> > I downloaded and re-installed Adobe Flash and Shockwave players to no
> > avail.  My machine is an AMD 64-bit self-built with a 1.6 GHz single
> > processor, 1 GB of memory and a 320 GB Hard Drive.  Videos worked fine
> > in 8.10.  Does anyone have any suggestions?
> I suppose you mean you have upgraded to 9.04 (Jaunty) and not 9.10
> (Karmic Koala) which is not released yet. I moved to Jaunty 9.04 on
> AMD64 over the weekend, and have everything I need working right -
> including playing video (embedded Windows Media on web pages, DVD,
> Flash, Windows Media, M3U, OGG, Real audio streams etc).
> I highly recommend the following steps especially if you are on AMD64
> (your mileage may vary):
> A. Enable the third party Medibuntu repository
>        Add their public key to verify signatures on their packages:
>        wget -q -O- |
> apt-key add -
>        Previous command should all be on one line
>        Add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list or to a new file
>        in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ - make sure new filename ends in
>        .list:
>        deb jaunty free non-free
> B. Install libdvdcss2
>        apt-get install libdvdcss2
> C. Uninstall totem-mozilla (doesn't work right on AMD64, always
>    "searches for plugins", but never FINDS them!).
>        apt-get remove totem-mozilla
> D. Install vlc mozilla-vlc-plugin
>        apt-get install vlc mozilla-vlc-plugin
> Everything should just work. If not, get back with what is not working.
> At least on Hardy/AMD64 and Jaunty/AMD64 I have managed to play all
> Windows media / Real / OGGVorbis / MP3 / M3U audio/video streams. The
> only cases I have had problems are:
>        - Stream itself is bad / unreliable (any platform)
>        - Playing video embedded in firefox was flaky until Jaunty
>          I used to use MediaPlayer Connectivity extension to launch
>          xine in a separate process. In Jaunty, VLC plugin seems to
>          work OK (functional at least, including fullscreen).
>        - Realaudio streams sometimes point at SMIL files which need
>          to be parsed as SGML to extract RTSP streams. mplayer used
>          to barf on these although it is perfectly capable of playing
>          the RTSP stream once identified. VLC now does this fine
>        - Xine / mplayer used to fail to parse ASF files (again
>          XML/SGML). Once you can parse the ASF file and identify the
>          MMS stream, mplayer / xine used to play them FINE. Again, VLC
>          now does all this transparently.
>        - xine used to barf on M3U streams/files without a terminating
>          CR (IMHO definitely a xine bug). I had a simple wrapper that
>          would check an M3U and add a CR at the end if required. Don't
>          know if VLC fixes this problem too.
> Some areas which I have NOT explored much is playing Quicktime (online),
> divx (embedded / local files). If you face a problem in this area, if
> you point at specific filetypes / mimetypes / URLs which don't work, I
> may be able to investigate and help.
> I would like to repeat, at least from my past experience on Hardy/AMD64
> and in Jaunty/AMD64, you DO NOT NEED to manually install ANY codecs -
> including w32codecs, w64codecs etc. There are a lot of messages on
> forums recommending one or more of the following:
>        - Install mplayer /vlc/mplayer and firefox in an i386 chroot
>        - Install w32codecs / w64codecs
>        - Copy over DLL files from Windows (!)
>        etc.....
> None of the above issues / associated hacks relate to CODECS per se.
> Codecs are used to process the media stream itself. Most of the problems
>  related to embedding in firefox, or parsing SGML/XML file formats.
> Sundar Nagarajan
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