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    windows media 9 codec: no sound in mplayer / totem / vlc

    I thought it could be a good idea to share with our dear Ubuntu users how I fixed my sound problems, that happened only for "windows media 9" videos, after struggling for days changing the players etc...

    (using Ubuntu lucid 10.04 up to date)

    First please search for "Ubuntu install w32codecs" (or w64codecs depending on your system bus width) and... install them as root or 'sudo'
    Code:
    $ sudo apt-get install w32codecs (or w64codecs)
    After updating totem to the very latest version (May 12, 3 days ago) the problem happened to be likely from the source: gstreamer. So I tried to install the latest version of gstreamer, and it worked (the default one packaged in Ubuntu is dated 2008...).

    Code:
    try
    {
       install latest developer version
    }
    disclaimer
    {
       this was my last alternative, and fortunately it worked well.
       but using the developer versions is always taking a risk...
    }
    To install the latest version automatically, follow this link .
    In other terms, on 'lucid', as root or 'sudo' add 2 lines to a new file to complete your sources.list ; after the 2nd line, press control-D on a blank line to complete the edition
    Code:
    $ sudo cat >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/gstreamer-developers.list
    deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gstreamer-developers/ppa/ubuntu lucid main
    deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/gstreamer-developers/ppa/ubuntu lucid main
    Add also the key to ensure the version you download is not altered
    Code:
    add-apt-repository ppa:gstreamer-developers/ppa
    Update that
    Code:
    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get upgrade
    Finally I did a reboot while I'm not sure it is necessary.

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    Talking Re: windows media 9 codec: no sound in mplayer / totem / vlc

    Hi Kleenux.... Thanks man. You made my day. I followed your instructions. First i added the medibuntu repos to install w32codecs. Next Updated gstreamer by adding the gstreamer developer ppa and finally installed "gstreamer0.10-pitfdll" which makes gstreamer use w32codecs instead of others (although i m not sure the last step was necessary). Now i can play windows media streaming videos with audio even inside Firefox which uses the totem plugin.

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    Re: windows media 9 codec: no sound in mplayer / totem / vlc

    I created account on forum just to write thanks man. adding repository and upgrade is all it took to fix sound issues.

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    Re: windows media 9 codec: no sound in mplayer / totem / vlc

    Thanks! This solution helped me too. You're a super
    Are You the Ubuntu Guru?
    "By perfect good fortune, one meets the True Guru, when one's destiny is awakened.”
    ~ Sri Guru Granth Sahib

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    Re: windows media 9 codec: no sound in mplayer / totem / vlc

    Another solution a bit risky is to install the developer version of Totem (actually 2.91.92) here :
    http://www.icewalkers.com/download/totem/2066/dld/

    it worked for me for the moment

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    Re: windows media 9 codec: no sound in mplayer / totem / vlc

    I registered only to say THANKS A LOT!! You made my day

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    Re: windows media 9 codec: no sound in mplayer / totem / vlc

    Thanks a lot!

    No restart necessary btw, tested with totem/mplayer.

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    Re: windows media 9 codec: no sound in mplayer / totem / vlc

    Many thx for this.

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