Hey guys, hopefully someone with a better knowledge of codecs on linux can shed some light on this mystery for me! After intalling my new FC4 (overwriting, not upgrading, my FC3 installation) I noticed that some .avi, .mov and particularly .wmv files were not playing in totem. "Aha!", I thought, "I forgot to install the codecs!"
So I go to the mplayer website, and grab their "all linux codecs" tarbell. I put it in /usr/lib/win32, but make symbolic links from this folder to /usr/local/lib/codecs/ and /usr/local/lib/win32/. I now uninstall totem, and install totem-xine. Nothing - it won't play them still. So I install xine, which also won't play them. I make sure the settings in xine are pointing to the right folder (and they are), but still it doesn't play. Bear in mind, these are files I could play in FC3, after doing (if I remember correctly) the same step with the codecs from mplayer.
I look in Totem and notice an "add proprietary plugins" folder, which has symlinks to some, but not all, of my new cocdes, so I wipe them and create new ones to ALL the codecs (yes, I backed em up). Nothing.
I install and reinstall totem-xine and xine, but nothing doing. I install mplayer, which can play every kind of file fine, straight from installation - so I think "Maybe Mplayer has changed something, and now xine will work!". No. xine and totem-xine still do not work.
Please help, as I much prefer to use totem-xine than mplayer on a daily basis, but it looks like that might not happen. I really can't see where I am going wrong here, but I know I've had it working before, so it's got to be able to work again!