Quicktime stuff doesn't play

NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Tue Sep 25 21:06:50 UTC 2012

On 09/24/2012 12:58 AM, Gene Heskett wrote:
> System is 32 bit ubuntu 10-04.4 LTS on 64 bit hardware.
> All I get is a black window with no download activity.  Ubuntu branded 
> firefox 3.5something, supposedly up to date.
> Are there any fixes available?
> Thanks.
> Cheers, Gene

First check to see if you can play a file directly (outside of the
browser). Go to:
and download the first (sample_iPod.mp4v) file. Extract (right click in
Nautilus) and then double- click the sample_iPod.m4v file. If it opens
and plays in the Totem Movie Player, then you have the correct codecs
installed. If not, then you'll need to install the restricted extra codecs:


$ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras ubuntu-restricted-addons

and while you're at it, you might as well install libdvdcss as well:

$  sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

If all of that works, then you can concentrate on figuring out the
browser play issue. Check your plugins. To play within the browser:

$ sudo apt-get install totem-mozilla
Afterwards you should see this in your plugin (about:plugins):

QuickTime Plug-in 7.6.6

    File: /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libtotem-narrowspace-plugin.so
    The Totem 3.0.1 plugin handles video and audio streams.

and if you have VLC installed:
$ sudo apt-get install browser-plugin-vlc


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