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jamesmorfee
2nd November 2005, 12:50 PM
Sorry to subject you all to what must be quite a simple question, but im giving up hope here!

Im a complete newbie to this linux thing - only ever used windoze before. Stuggled for hours last night trying to get Fedora 4 to read an NTFS partition. Managed it in the end though.

However, now I want to play an MP3. I have scoured the net looking for endless rpm files and various players and stuff. Gone round and round in circles and the whole thing is driving me nuts!

So can anyone tell me...what do I need to do to make this damned thing play mp3s? Preferably in Rhythmbox.

LocutusOfBorg
2nd November 2005, 12:53 PM
click on the link for the "fedora FAQ" at the top of this page

bob
2nd November 2005, 12:56 PM
Yes, here's the link for that: http://www.fedorafaq.org/
You'll also want to bookmark these-very good info too:
http://stanton-finley.net/fedora_core_4_installation_notes.html
http://shamsweb.50webs.com/faq.html#repo

jamesmorfee
2nd November 2005, 01:32 PM
Been there, but I get this error message from yum:

Setting up Install Process
Setting up repositories
core 100% |=========================| 1.1 kB 00:00
dries 100% |=========================| 951 B 00:00
dag 100% |=========================| 1.1 kB 00:00
freshrpms 100% |=========================| 951 B 00:00
extras 100% |=========================| 1.1 kB 00:00
newrpms.sunsite.dk 100% |=========================| 951 B 00:00
updates 100% |=========================| 951 B 00:00
updates-released 100% |=========================| 951 B 00:00
base 100% |=========================| 1.1 kB 00:00
Reading repository metadata in from local files
primary.xml.gz 100% |=========================| 0 B 00:00
http://apt.sw.be/fedora/4/en/i386/dag/repodata/primary.xml.gz: [Errno -1] Metadata file does not match checksum
Trying other mirror.
Error: failure: repodata/primary.xml.gz from dag: [Errno 256] No more mirrors to try.

Groover20
2nd November 2005, 01:45 PM
You should read the FAQ's carefully and use the yum.conf in there. It is not recommended to mix repos as it can cause some serious problems.

I would suggest AMAROK to listen to your music.

narasim_7
2nd November 2005, 02:00 PM
http://xinehq.de/
download the latest version of xine lib from here and then download a frontend preferably "kaffeine" and install

jamesmorfee
2nd November 2005, 02:15 PM
Yep, done that. Mix repos? Im a newbie! I dont understand this stuff!

Tried installing xinelib too - just comes up with strings of dependency errors. Tried getting the stuff its asking for too - cant find half of it and the other half also comes up with dependeny errors.

Im getting very frustrated here. Im very tempted to go back to windows....

Christy
2nd November 2005, 02:21 PM
When you install stuff via yum (ie it's from a repository you have set up on your computer) you *usually* won't get dependency errors. Try doing this (http://www.fedorafaq.org/#installsoftware) and then one of these (http://www.fedorafaq.org/#mp3) to get mp3s to play.

LocutusOfBorg
2nd November 2005, 02:25 PM
Im very tempted to go back to windows....

Linux has a steep learning curve. You called yourself "a newbie": you can't expect to learn all in a day. Don't leave windows until you're comfortable with linux - play with linux every day and try to do with linux the same things you do in windows... but take all the time you need for this.
Satisfaction will grew up with time.

Christy
2nd November 2005, 02:37 PM
Linux has a steep learning curve. You called yourself "a newbie": you can't expect to learn all in a day. Don't leave windows until you're comfortable with linux - play with linux every day and try to do with linux the same things you do in windows... but take all the time you need for this.
Satisfaction will grew up with time.

I couldn't agree more. I was introduced to linux by my BF just under a year ago and I'm still clueless about many things. Forums, FAQs and search engines are your friends! And it doesn't hurt to keep windows around for when you get really frustrated and need a break from Linux. :)

PS: and don't worry if you break something in Linux. a) it gives you a chance to mess around (and messing around is a good way to learn!) and try to fix it, or b) just reinstall it - there's no shame in starting fresh :)

Groover20
2nd November 2005, 02:38 PM
When I re-started with Linux a few months ago, I used Stanton's Installation Notes. I was able to set my box to do most of what I needed in one afternoon. I followed the steps and was able to listen to MP3 and watch movies.
Installation Notes (http://stanton-finley.net/fedora_core_4_installation_notes.html)

jamesmorfee
2nd November 2005, 02:49 PM
Thanks very much for the support. I havnt abandoned windows yet (using dual boot), but think I did something to yum by using stantons notes, so quick re-install later and im starting from scratch.

At least I can practice that ntfs thing again!

jamesmorfee
2nd November 2005, 02:57 PM
Well whaddya know. Maybe i have learnt something....took me 5 mins to set up ntfs including automatic mounting at startup and about 30 seconds for mp3 support. Must have done something to yum me thinks.

Thanks again!