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Need help with codecs installation

asked 2014-05-10 08:02:39 -0500

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updated 2014-05-11 15:18:23 -0500

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I'm brand new to UNIX/Linux, and have way too many unknown programs, and others I can't seem to get. One is codecs for my laptop running F20. I downloaded a file, and it's in my download directory. The site I downloaded from gave instructions for installing, unzipping, etc, but I bomb out at the first command. Here is what's happening:

[root@localhost linda]# tar -xvjf essential-20071007.tar.bz2 tar (child): essential-20071007.tar.bz2: Cannot open: No such file or directory tar (child): Error is not recoverable: exiting now tar: Child returned status 2 tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now [root@localhost linda]# exit exit

I'm trying to learn how to use the terminal, but at this point, I need EXACT commands, and this one is not working. Can someone please help me install this file, so I can use my DVD/CD player?


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What exactly are you trying to do? playback commercial video DVD's, play a video file?

Ahmad Samir gravatar imageAhmad Samir ( 2014-05-11 07:26:42 -0500 )edit

Ahmad, I just want my DVD/CD player to work. In Windows it would play just about anything...downloaded MP3/4's, commericial movie DVD's, CD's. It played everything I fed it, I think. Now, if I cross my eyes, hold my breath, and wrap a leg around my neck, it MIGHT play a commercial DVD movie, but certainly nothing else, and I've got a TON of players, by now. There are times when I wish I'd just stayed with Windows. As it is, I'm trying to figure out how to use my Windows Image backup to start over. If I could do that, I'd partition the HD and run dual til I get this stuff figured out.

bikrgran gravatar imagebikrgran ( 2014-05-11 14:48:25 -0500 )edit

There is an issue caused by an update to libvpx which required most media players in the rpmfusion repos to get rebuilt, but when you install e.g. vlc from rpmfusion it doesn't necessarily pull the new libvpx from the Fedora updates repos.

To summarise, make sure your system is up-to-date.

Then take it one step at a time, e.g. start by trying to play an mp4 file.

(The switch to Linux is overwhelming at first, but if you stick to it it will pay off; there's nothing I could do with windows that I couldn't do with Linux except maybe playing video games).

Ahmad Samir gravatar imageAhmad Samir ( 2014-05-12 03:36:18 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-05-12 02:50:38 -0500

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Have you done this already?

su -

yum -y install
yum -y install

yum -y install gstreamer{1,}-{ffmpeg,libav,plugins-{good,ugly,bad{,-free,-nonfree}}} ffmpeg
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answered 2014-05-10 10:02:36 -0500

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updated 2014-05-11 15:12:46 -0500

That package contains files for Windows, you don't install codecs this way. Instead you can go to to enable RPM Fusion on your system, for codecs you'll want to enable access to the free repository, just download the .rpm file, double click it and everything should work.

You should install vlc, because Videos does not support DVDs very well, although it can play .vob files if proper codecs are installed. Run sudo yum install vlc in terminal.

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Yanglifu90, I have RPM Fusion, among my repositories. I just typed ".rpm" in YUMex, and got 3 was mediawiki, rpmconf, and smesh. None of which seem to have to do with codecs. I have gotten everything I can think of, using YUMex, and other ways. I don't know what it is that I'm looking for, so short of installing everything that YUM finds, I don't know how to differentiate.

bikrgran gravatar imagebikrgran ( 2014-05-11 14:43:29 -0500 )edit

I have VLC, and it's not playing ANYthing! That's what's so upsetting. It's ALWAYS been my go-to player, but it refuses to play anything...not even the commercial movie. I don't know what's going on. I'd like to use my Widows image backup (if I knew how) to back back up to Windows, then start Linux from scratch, now that I have a better idea of what I want. I think I'd make a dual machine, then worst case, I could use the DVD in the Windows mode. <g></g>

bikrgran gravatar imagebikrgran ( 2014-05-11 16:14:09 -0500 )edit

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