Mandrake Multimedia?

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Mandrake Multimedia?

Postby faisal892 » Sun Aug 17, 2003 12:42 pm

Hello all,
I am unable to run MPEG & .dat files in mandrake 9. I however can run mpg files on mandrake 9. Can anybody help plz?

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Postby Faraz.Fazil » Mon Aug 18, 2003 2:09 am

It appears that you dont have a multimedia player installed in mandrake 9.1

You can play any type of movie formats in linux.Yes its possible.All you need is a good video player for linux.The two good ones are mplayer and xine.

All you need to do is to download the mplayer /xine rpm files from their official websites.

The files needed are:

FOr mplayer:
========= ... noarch.rpm ... 1.i386.rpm ... 1.i386.rpm

For xine:

Download and install thr rpms from

Files required: ... 1.i386.rpm ... 1.i386.rpm ... k.i386.rpm ... k.i386.rpm ... 5.i686.rpm ... 5.i586.rpm ... 5.i586.rpm

Codec to play all the files:

Which ever video player xine or mplayer u install, you wont be able to play any files unless you install this codec:

Also download and instal this package if you want to be able to run all windows movie / audio formats on linux including wmv, avi , mpg, vcd etc: ... 1.i386.rpm

Once the video player i.e xine or mplayer and the w32codec is installed, you will be able to play all multimedia files, including vcd, mpg, avi, wmv , divx etc on linux.

Note: install all the rpms at once by the command rpm -Uvh rpm1name.rpm rpm2name.rpm rpm3name.rpm so on..


rpm -Uvh w32-codec-0.52-1.i386.rpm xine-ui-0.9.21cvs-030715.i586.rpm
so on.

To play mp3 files, use xmms. It comes pre installed on most distros.You can also get it from

Good luck!

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Postby lambda » Tue Aug 19, 2003 4:58 pm

me, i've stopped using mp3s. in fact, the only mp3s i have are the ones i encoded years ago, got from friends, or downloaded.

flac all the way, baby!

(of course, now i need better speakers.)

xmms has a flac plugin, as does winamp.

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