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    Ubuntu newbie needs some help

    Hi all. Totally new to ubuntu/linux. Actually just installed yesterday, so far I love it. To hell with windows..

    My problem is when I try to play a .m4a file in exaile it tells me I don't have the right gstreamer plugin installed. I googled gstreamer and there's about a thousand different plugins. Very confusing. I just need a little help getting and installing that plugin I guess. Any help?

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    Re: Ubuntu newbie needs some help

    Which media player are you using?
    There's no place like 127.0.0.1
    EPIC FAIL
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    Are you using Ubuntu?
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    No I'm not.. Should I be? What is Ubuntu?

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    Re: Ubuntu newbie needs some help

    Quote Originally Posted by Knubs View Post
    Hi all. Totally new to ubuntu/linux. Actually just installed yesterday, so far I love it. To hell with windows..

    My problem is when I try to play a .m4a file in exaile it tells me I don't have the right gstreamer plugin installed. I googled gstreamer and there's about a thousand different plugins. Very confusing. I just need a little help getting and installing that plugin I guess. Any help?
    Do you have restricted extras installed? There's more plugins and codecs than you can shake a stick at included there, that'd be a good place to start.

    Restricted extras can be installed with the Synaptic package manager under System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager. If you search for restricted extras you should find a couple, install the one that matches the desktop you're using or use the most.

    EDIT:

    It might not be available in the base set of packages for legal reasons. Quoting from the amarok-xine package description from Medibuntu:
    This package is built with Itunes AAC-LC (.m4a) support enabled.
    Therefore, it is in Medibuntu as it might violate patents.
    I'd bet the gstreamer plugin is also there, I'm going to go dig around a bit more for it.
    Last edited by PeterJS; May 7th, 2008 at 12:56 AM.
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    Re: Ubuntu newbie needs some help

    OK if it is Gstreamer based try to open the file in movie player. It will search for find and install the correct plugin for you. Then you should be able to open it in any media player that is Gstreamer based.

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    Re: Ubuntu newbie needs some help

    Do you have restricted extras installed? There's more plugins and codecs than you can shake a stick at included there, that'd be a good place to start.
    I would only suggest against installing restricted extras because there may be things in there that you don't want or are questionable legally in your country of Origin.

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    Re: Ubuntu newbie needs some help

    Try perhaps to hit all the birds with one stone:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
    Also try Vlc player:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install vlc

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    Re: Ubuntu newbie needs some help

    Quote Originally Posted by NightwishFan View Post
    Try perhaps to hit all the birds with one stone:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
    Also try Vlc player:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install vlc
    Already ran both commands and I have tried VLC, but with VLC I get some weird crackling/stuttering with playback, which is why I went with exaile.

    Someone just told me to grab xmms2 stuff, I did through synaptic and now it's working. However some of the .m4a files cause the player to close, others will play fine.

    But thanks for the help.

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    Re: Ubuntu newbie needs some help

    Interesting, looks like it might be libfaad0:
    freeware Advanced Audio Decoder - runtime files FAAD2 is the fastest ISO AAC audio decoder available. FAAD2 correctly decodes all MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 MAIN, LOW, LTP, LD and ER object type AAC files.
    Which can be installed by itself, or as part of the "gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad" collection.

    EDIT:

    Quote Originally Posted by Knubs View Post
    Already ran both commands and I have tried VLC, but with VLC I get some weird crackling/stuttering with playback, which is why I went with exaile.
    The poor quality is probably what landed it in the "bad" collection of codecs in the first place.
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    Re: Ubuntu newbie needs some help

    I'm using Hardy Heron 8.04 and I *think* that the "bad" package comes with it. I looked in synaptic and it's already installed. Which is strange because they wouldn't play??


    Anyway. rather than start a new thread I have another problem (of the many to come I'm sure...)

    I've downloaded a theme package for the gui and I can't figure out how to install.

    The package is in a .tar and I extracted. then I have a folder with contents and a readme.

    I could post the readme but it's kind of big, is that thing shunned here?

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    Re: Ubuntu newbie needs some help

    Link to where you got it from and I'll download it and take a look that the read me. Odds are the installation is as easy as copying the unpacked theme to $HOME/.themes.
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