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1st October 2005, 07:20 PM
I have been using FC4 for about 4 months now, and it is the first time i've ever used something linux based. I have been starting to learn how to do things in it, but I am still a beginner. So, here's the problem: I haven't been able to get any videos to play in any of the players, following an infinite ammount of instructions for each one. Not mplayer, totem, helix, or even realplayer. I need to be able to play mpegs, avis, movs, divx, wmvs, and pretty much everything. So I think mplayer is my best bet, I have the codecs installed properly, but when i try to open a movie, I get this fatal error: Error opening/initializing the selected video_out (-vo) device. I followed several different instructions for installing mplayer, but this is where i always end up. I have unistalled and reinstalled it several times as well. Please don't respond to this post with a link, as I have looked at all of them. Please only respond if you're patient enough to give step by step instructions to a beginner. :confused:

1st October 2005, 08:07 PM
Go into mplayer preferences and select a different video output device (ex: Xv, X11, gl).

Also, its a good bet that if you actually had everything installed *properly*, then it *would* work. Not trying to be harsh, just honest. Don't give up, you'll get it eventually. I guarantee that it is possible, since there are literally thousands of us who have it working.
There's some good instructions out there in the forum and at:


1st October 2005, 08:28 PM
Now it works, but it keeps crashing, and im trying to get the plugin for mozilla to work and it seems like it does, becasue i see the whole mplayer plugin thing in the browser window and the controls, but i don't see the video

1st October 2005, 08:41 PM
My experience of mplayer has been that it's nowhere near as good as xine for playing DVDs - if you use Gnome, but not KDE (for some reason it won't play DVDs when I use a KDE desktop but works perfectly in Gnome). Also Mplayer doesn't bring up the menu. Just download the 'all' package for the codecs from here:


and install in both /usr/lib/codecs and /usr/lib/win32 - then mplayer and xine will both be able to use them - in fact you might find mplayer works better once you have the 'all' package installed