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1st January 2007, 11:01 PM
I have Fedora Core-5 installed on a Dell 600 MHZ with 256 Meg Ram and 20 Gig HD - and it's running great. I've tried to play a DVD and understand the bit about patents and such. I found Mplayer online and tried to install the rpm but could not resolve a dependency. What do I do now?

1st January 2007, 11:05 PM
With FC 5 follow this guide and you should be good to go.

1st January 2007, 11:10 PM
what dependency error do you have?

could try the instructions here

but there' a problem with the faad2 package from freshrpms, so

A BETTER SOLUTION ( EDIT: changed my mind, see below )

is to install vlc, or xine, which are both superior dvd players (mplayer doesn't handle menu navigation in dvds)

su -
rpm -Uvh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-5.rpm
yum install vlc
yum install xine*

1st January 2007, 11:12 PM
Do you have anythird party reposconfigured? e.g. Livna , ATRPMS , or rpmforge?
If not, then you can go to Livna and get their installation rpm. You can then use yum to install MPlayer. Before you install fro one of the 3rd party repos, uninstall the rpm you have problems with.

rpm -e /[directory]/[place]/[name].rpm
example: rpm -e /home/e/mplayer.X.x.x.rpm
where the x'es represent the version number.
here's a link for livna
Follow the directions for installing it.

1st January 2007, 11:29 PM
hmm, after retesting xine (kaffeine), vlc and mplayer, I have to say that mplayey has the least cpu usage and plays back more smoothly, so I have to take back what I said and recommend mplayer for dvd playback unless you really need menu navigation


2nd January 2007, 01:37 AM
Thanks - I'll read it and see what happens.

2nd January 2007, 01:38 AM
Well.... not sure what you're talking about, but I'll so some research. This is my first serious shot at having a Linux computer, so I'm not savy to all the technical stuff yet, but I'm trying to learn (scratch that ... committed to learning).

2nd January 2007, 01:41 AM
Can't remember what the error was, except that it couldn't find something. I also don't know what the "Yum" thing is. Am I pathetic or what? I have a book on Fedora Core 5, but it didn't seem to help; that's why I'm asking you guys.

2nd January 2007, 03:36 AM
yum is a command line package installer, usually if you want something installed you just type 'yum install something_name' in a terminal as root user (which you can switch to by typing 'su -' at the terminal prompt)

The problem with mplayer and other media packages is that they are not licensed under the strict requirements of the Fedora license, they may contain 3rd party decoders for video and audio that are not freely distributable for example.

luckily, not everyone is so fussy and so several alternative 'repositories' (yum's name for software download sites) are available to provide this software. One of these is livna, another is freshrpms, they are quite a few others. For dvd playback xine or vlc are fine

so you need to type in a terminal the following (you will need root's password)

su -
rpm -Uvh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-5.rpm
yum install vlc
yum install xine* kaffeine

mplayer requires the freshrpms repo, but there are some conflicts with the livna site, and if you've not got time to read the links posted above on how to install mplayer it's best to leave it.

2nd January 2007, 11:06 PM
Thanks Sideways for the information. That's basically what I read in my book "Fedora 5 and RHEL 4 Bible". I understand it better when you explain it. The book came with Fedora 5 and a DVD full of rpm's. Have no idea what they are because there's no place in the book that goes through the listing and explains, and there are no text files to say what the files are.

Anyway, I understand about the root password and such, and using the terminal window, so I'll do what you said and see what happens. I'm not new to computers, but am new to Linux. I've built and repaired computers since 1968, but have never tried Linux until now.

I really appreciate your help and will try to not bug you too much.

Thank you very much.