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    Sep 2005
    Trondheim, Norw
    Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy

    Wmv9 on AMD64

    Playing back wmv9 files on AMD64 is tricky. On i386 you can use mplayer with the win32 codecs, or the experimental vc-1 codec. However, using AMD64, things get a bit more difficult. It is possible to use the 32bit mplayer package, but it requires that all the libraries that it depends on are also 32bit. Thats why I made a package for you!

    Here is what you do:

    1. Install all ia32-libs packages apt-get.
    sudo apt-get install ia32-libs lib32asound2 lib32ncurses5 ia32-libs-sdl ia32-libs-gtk lib32stdc++6
    2. Download the package from:
    3. Install the package:
    sudo dpkg -i mplayer32_1.0pre7-1_amd64.deb
    sudo dpkg -i mplayer32_20070130-1_amd64.deb
    4. Fetch the Win32 codecs from:
    5. Unpack it and install to /usr/lib/win32.
    tar -jxvf essential-20060501.tar.bz2
    sudo mkdir /usr/lib/win32
    sudo cp essential-20060501/* /usr/lib/win32/
    Use mplayer32 to play wmv9 files (but it can also be used for other files as well )

    If you want a 32 bit mencoder as well, you can download it from here: and put
    it into /usr/bin/ .

    If there is enough people requesting it, I will make a package out of it.

    If you want to use the gmplayer gui, rather than the command-line do the following:
    sudo rm /usr/bin/gmplayer
    sudo ln -s /usr/bin/mplayer32 /usr/bin/gmplayer
    This operation has to be done manually as the gmplayer file is "owned" by the original mplayer package.

    Edit: Added more IA32 packages.
    Edit 2: Added download for mencoder32
    Edit 3: Added info on the GUI
    Last edited by Conq; January 31st, 2007 at 02:12 PM. Reason: Added Edgy package


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