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    Default Welcome to multimedia sub-area

    Welcome to the openSUSE Forums multimedia section!

    This is our multimedia thread area, where support for multimedia is provided. This is intended to include questions about media applications, codecs (DVD, music, video, pdf) configuration (usage, bugs), etc ...

    If you have sound working, but can not play many audio/video formats, it is possible these are proprietary formats that are not supported "after a fresh install" by openSUSE. More information on the openSUSE approach for packaged audio/video support can be found here:
    Restricted formats - openSUSE

    OpenSUSE users can have 1st rate multimedia with the appropriate 3rd party applications and codecs installed. Information on installing 3rd party applications/codecs can be found here:
    Multimedia - openSUSE-Community

    More information for installing 3rd party "restricted formats" on different openSUSE versions can be found here:
    Restricted Formats - openSUSE-Community

    Note it often makes the above significantly easier if you have setup your repositories, with information on how to add repositories here:
    Adding package Repositories

    Note to the above - be very cautious in adding repositories, as too many repositories (especially if non-official repositories) can cause problems.

    If you have a problem getting your sound card to work, please go here:
    SDB:AudioTroubleshooting - openSUSE

    Note users of openSUSE (where pulse audio is enabled by default) who have audio problems should consider installing "pavucontrol" and then run "pavucontrol" and use it to select one's sound device and control the volume/muting. Here are two blogs with EXCELLENT guidance on using pulse audio volume control (pavucontrol) to fix your sound:

    For ALL openSUSE users, if that that does not help you get your basic sound working, please post in this "multimedia" sub-forum, providing in your post the following information per the quoted instructions below:

    • provide the URLs (of a summary webpage) that are created by running the diagnostic script noted here:
      SDB:AudioTroubleshooting - openSUSE - Script to run to obtain detailed information. That will ask you to run the script
      and select the SHARE/UPLOAD option and after the script finishes it will give you a URL to pass to the support personnel. Please post here the output URL/website-address that gives. Just the URL/website-address. You may need to run that script twice (the first time with root permissions to update in the /usr/sbin directory, and the second time to get the URL).
      Note if for some reason that gives you no website/url/address then run it with the no-upload option:
      /usr/sbin/ --no-upload
      and post the file /etc/alsa-info.txt it creates to and press SUBMIT on that site and again post here the URL/website-address it provides.

    ... some clarification on running the script "" ... when you run:
    you should get something like this (if it asks for an update, select NO):

    followed by this (select the SHARE/UPLOAD option):

    followed by this (its quickest if you simply select 'NO' to seeing the output - you will see it on the web page) :

    followed by this (where in RED is the URL).

    Just post the URL you get (similar to the RED URL in my example, but yours will be different).

    Again, if you can not get that, then run this with the no upload option:
    /usr/sbin/ --no-upload
    which will create the file /tmp/alsa-info.txt. Copy that file and paste it on and press submit. That will give you a URL address. Please post that URL here.
    There is also guidance for new users here, in setting up their multimedia: Multi-media and Restricted Format Installation Guide

    Once again, welcome to our multi-media section, and please post here for help, and also contribute with advice and solutions.
    Last edited by oldcpu; 22-Nov-2015 at 00:29. Reason: Updated broken link on repositories

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