View Full Version : [ubuntu] WMV video silent in Ubuntu Lucid 32-bit, plays audibly in XP

June 4th, 2010, 06:44 AM
I have a WMV video which plays in XP but fails in 32-bit Ubuntu Lucid (same machine, dual boot), kernel 2.6.32-22 on a Lenovo SL400 w/ 2GB RAM, 36GB HD free and an Intel Core 2 Duo T5870 2GHz CPU.

Media player and Banshee fails with the error message
No packages with the requested plugins found
The requested plugins are
Windows Media Audio 9

Avidemux crashes when I try to open the 6.3GB file, which I can play with audio AOK in XP.
Assert failed :_offset<=pakSize
at line 352, file /build/buildd/avidemux-2.5.2/avidemux/ADM_inputs/ADM_asf/ADM_asfPacket.cppADM_backTrack
asfPacket::pushPacket(unsigned int, unsigned int, unsigned int, unsigned int, unsigned int, unsigned int)
asfPacket::nextPacket(unsigned char)
asfHeader::open(char const*)
ADM_Composer::addFile(char const*, unsigned char, fileType)
avidemux2_gtk() [0x809a16f]
FileSel_ReadWrite(void (*)(char const*), int, char const*, char const*)
avidemux2_gtk() [0x81ae352]
GUI_FileSelRead(char const*, void (*)(char const*))
guiCallback(_GtkMenuItem*, void*)



Mplayer tells me
Fatal error!
Error opening initializing the selected video_out (-vo) device.

VLC says
No suitable decoder module:
VLC does not support the audio or video format "wmap". Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this.

Mediabuntu is installed in Software Sources. I uninstalled it, then reinstalled it. I also disabled, then reenabled, 'Software restricted by copyright or legal issues (multiverse)'; no joy. Also uninstalled then reinstalled Mplayer and Smplayer, to no avail.
Did both repository install as per https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu#Adding%20the%20Repository
and also
sudo apt-get install w32codecs

Your generous assistance to this vexacious issue will be appreciated.
Thank you kindly.

June 4th, 2010, 07:18 AM
Try sudo apt-get install ffmpeg libavcodec-extra-52

June 4th, 2010, 07:24 AM
Try sudo apt-get install ffmpeg libavcodec-extra-52

Drat. No joy. Result:

libavcodec-extra-52 is already the newest version.
libavcodec-extra-52 set to manually installed.

Any other ideas?

June 4th, 2010, 07:36 AM
You need w32codecs for 32 bit Ubuntu or w64codecs for 64 bit Ubuntu.

You should read this guide it is VERY helpful for getting your system working with all the codecs and dvd playback and such.


- zipperback

June 4th, 2010, 11:45 PM
Thank you, Zipperback. Although VLC didn't work, SMplayer did!