[MPlayer-users] Re: [Fwd: gmplayer 0.9-1]

Graeme Nichols gnichols at tpg.com.au
Mon Aug 25 07:39:05 CEST 2003

On Thu, 2003-08-21 at 19:01, Jonathan Rogers wrote:
> [Automatic answer: RTFM (read DOCS, FAQ), also read DOCS/bugreports.html]
> Graeme Nichols wrote:
> > I installed a GUI version of mplayer (from the APC cover CD for August
> > 2003) and cannot get it to play properly. I am testing it on a promo DVD
> > for Harry Potter.
> > 
> You're probably going to have to give more information, like the precise 
> version of mplayer.

mplayer 0.90
> > There were three rpms to install, mplayer-common-*, mplayer.gui-* and
> > mplayer.skin.*. The install of them all at once, as root, went without
> > any errors being notified.
> > 
> > I adjusted the CD preferences Preferences->CD Properties->DVD Run
> > Command which I ticked and then altered to /usr/bin/gmplayer dvd:%d
> > which apart from /usr/bin/gmplayer is the same as the entry that was
> > already there.
> > 
> I can only assume you're referring to some desktop environment, like KDE 
> or GNOME. I use Gnome 2 and I haven't seen such settings, but I mostly 
> use the command line anyway.

Gnome 2. RedHat 8.0 You will find it under Preferences->CD
Properties->The click on the box DVD Run Command and then edit the
> > When I insert the promo DVD mplayer starts up then gives the following
> > error: File not found: /home/graeme/dvd:dev/cdrom. If I remove the
> > 'dvd:' from the run command the behaviour is somewhat different. all
> > appears to be starting up OK but the about 4 errors flash up with the
> > last one as follows: dmux:File doesn't contain the selected audio or
> > video stream. I think at least one of the other errors is: error
> > opening/initialising the selected video_out (vo) device. If I then
> > remove the %d from the command leaving only the /usr/bin/gmplayer
> > command then mplayer opens but doesn't try to play anything.
> > 
> The command to play the first title of a DVD is either "gmplayer -dvd 1" 
> or "gmplayer dvd://1", depending on the version of mplayer. Make sure 
> you have a device node called "/dev/dvd" that is (or is a link to) your 
> DVD-ROM drive. Read the manpage or the HTML documentation in the link at 
> the bottom of this message.

I believe that this is my problem. I do not have a /dev/dvd device. I
will create a link 
> > The DVD contains two directories, audio_ts and video_ts. audio_ts is an
> > empty directory and video_ts contains files like video_ts.bup, *.ifo and
> > *.vop. There are no files in the root directory of the DVD.
> > 
> Sounds like a pretty standard DVD-Video.
> > How do I set up the video_out device? What else have I failed to
> > configure correctly? and why is it looking in /home/graeme/dvd for the
> > video file? Is dvd the video_out device? There is no dvd device in /dev
> Depending on your video hardware and X driver, you may have to 
> experiment with MPlayer's video out drivers. You'll have to read the 
> manuals or give more detail. If you are uncomfortable with reading 
> manpages or using the command line, you may find Xine more friendly. I 
> hope recommending it here isn't sacrilegious, but it is more newbie 
> friendly, though somewhat less flexible than MPlayer.
> Jonathan Rogers
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Thanks for the info Jonathan. I tried to download a copy of the Docs but
was unable to find a downloadable file. Can you point me to one please?


Kind regards,

Graeme Nichols

God grant me the senility to accept the things I cannot change,
The frustration to try to change things I cannot affect,
and the wisdom to tell the difference.

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