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  1. #11

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    Hello timwhudson,

    Rhythmbox, Banshee, Totem, etc. ... they will all play acc files just find as long as there is gstreamer mpeg4-aac plugin available. One of the admins here put together a nice guide on codec installation ... lot's of good stuff on the wiki.

    The short (and VERY conservative) version here, addresses all codecs your ever likely to want:

    Add the VideoLan repo from the community repositories in the Yast repositories tool. Install the package "libdvdcss". Disable or remove the VideoLan repo. libdvdcss is the ONLY package you want from this repo ... if you install anything else ... clowns WILL EAT YOU! ...

    Add the packman repository from community repositories in the Yast repositories tool.
    In the Yast software management module, choose to install the following packages from the packman repository:

    libavcodec52 libavdevice52 ffmpeg libdvdnav4 libdvdread4 libquicktime0 libxine1 libxine1-codecs libxvidcore4 smplayer vlc w32codec-all xine-ui xvidcore
    After installing, go back into the yast software management module ... once more filtering by repository ... and choose packman. There will be a button in the right pane, just below where the packages are listed. This button will have a label that says ... roughly quoted ... "update all installed packages with packages from this repository". Click this button and install the packages. You may have to resolve some package choices around the "transmission" bit torrent client. For media playback ... does not matter ... use whichever "transmission" .... packman or SUSE.

    Final warning! Do not get fancy and use zypper to perform the updates I have described, it MIGHT get you in trouble. USE YAST! This is an area of OpenSUSE that is overly complicated, and IMO, horrifically broken.

    LOTS OF THREADS ON THIS SUBJECT ... WIKI ARTICLES ... ANGRY RANTS ( a few from me .... ) ....

    ... but don't forget to have fun!

  2. #12

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    Thank you but converting my aac music is completely out of the question. There is no way that I am going to spend the time converting the thousands of aac files I have...that's just WAY too much


    I followed your instructions and I am still not able to play aac files Actually, playing aac files in Amarok works great now. However, Amarok doesn't support my iTouch and rhythmbox does. I've been doing tons of research and I've searched all over every linux forum there is (or ever was) with absolutely no luck. Needless to say, I'm at a loss of what to do. Is there anything else I could possibly do?

  3. #13
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    USA Pennsylvania

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    Which gstreamer plugins do you have? You can check by opening a terminal and typing:

    rpm -qa --last "*gstreamer*"
    Take Care,

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  4. #14

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    I did exactly what you said and got this result:

    gstreamer0.10-plugins-really-bad-0.10.19-1 Tue 10 Aug 2010 09:56:48 AM CDT
    gstreamer-0_10-plugins-ugly-0.10.14-3.2 Tue 10 Aug 2010 08:41:33 AM CDT
    gstreamer-0_10-plugins-good-0.10.22-1.16 Tue 10 Aug 2010 08:40:28 AM CDT
    gstreamer-0_10-plugins-bad-0.10.18-6.2 Tue 10 Aug 2010 08:02:48 AM CDT
    gstreamer-0_10-libnice-0.0.11-1.25 Tue 10 Aug 2010 07:48:49 AM CDT
    python-gstreamer-0_10-0.10.18-1.14 Mon 09 Aug 2010 09:14:08 PM CDT
    gstreamer-0_10-plugin-hal-0.10.22-1.16 Mon 09 Aug 2010 06:16:07 PM CDT
    banshee-1-backend-engine-gstreamer-1.7.3-5.1 Mon 09 Aug 2010 06:15:37 PM CDT
    gstreamer-0_10-fluendo-mp3-2-106.2 Sat 07 Aug 2010 01:22:05 PM CDT
    gstreamer-0_10-plugin-gnomevfs-0.10.29-1.9 Sat 07 Aug 2010 12:51:27 PM CDT
    phonon-backend-gstreamer-0_10-4.4.2-1.6 Sat 07 Aug 2010 12:51:15 PM CDT
    gstreamer-0_10-plugins-base-0.10.29-1.9 Sat 07 Aug 2010 12:50:34 PM CDT
    PackageKit-gstreamer-plugin-0.6.3-5.4 Sat 07 Aug 2010 12:49:49 PM CDT
    libgstreamer-0_10-0-0.10.29-1.7 Sat 07 Aug 2010 12:48:46 PM CDT
    gstreamer-0_10-0.10.29-1.7 Sat 07 Aug 2010 12:48:11 PM CDT

  5. #15

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    Hello again,

    [charles@orca]$ rpm -qa --last "*gstreamer*" Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:31:29 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:31:17 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:31:13 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:31:12 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:31:09 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:30:49 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:30:48 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:30:40 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:30:29 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:30:20 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:30:18 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:30:14 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:30:06 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:30:00 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:29:58 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:27:47 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:27:40 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:26:02 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:25:24 PM CDT Mon 02 Aug 2010 09:25:21 PM CDT
    gstreamer-0_10-plugins-farsight-0.12.11-5.2 Fri 16 Jul 2010 12:29:54 PM CDT
    banshee-1-backend-engine-gstreamer-1.6.1-1.15 Tue 06 Jul 2010 12:49:46 AM CDT
    gstreamer-0_10-libnice-0.0.11-1.25 Tue 06 Jul 2010 12:48:08 AM CDT
    PackageKit-gstreamer-plugin-0.6.3-5.4 Tue 06 Jul 2010 12:45:14 AM CDT
    You don't need "gstreamer-0_10-devel"; I probably don't either ... not sure why it is there.

    Please use Yast software installer, filter by respository, look at packman, choose "replace installed packages with packages from this repo", ... Quadruple check!

    I promise, if you use only packman stuff (not accidently grab from other repos), it will work.

    And just an FYI ... a good preliminary test is to see if your acc will play in mplayer/gnome-mplayer/smplayer. Getting the gstreamer based apps (rhythmbox, banshee, etc.) working is a little trickier .... gstreamer is tempermental?????

    Anyway, I think you are VERY close!

    Have FUN!

  6. #16

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    Thank you so much for your time I really appreciate it! I did exactly what you said by going into Yast software installer, filtering by respository, and looking at packman. However, when I got to this step, I could not find an option to "replace installed packages with packages from this repo". All there was was a long list of packages (some checked and most weren't), a few tabs (description, log, etc.) and cancel and accept buttons at the bottom. Am I in the wrong place? Again, thank you so much for your time, it is much appreciated!!

  7. #17
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    West Virginia Sector 13

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    Should be in the area above the lists. And no it does not jump out at you. You can change individual packages by going to the version tab below the lists and selecting the version from the source you want.

  8. #18

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    Where's Waldo anyone?

    URG! Can't dnd a simple image ... oh well

    The button is on the right hand side of the yast window, in-between the 2 panes, and reads "Switch installed packages to the versions in this repository".

    Sooooooooo much easier to describe how to do something with zypper ....

  9. #19

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    Oooops! My bad, it was there the whole time I did what you said and I think it was a step in the right direction!! When I dragged an aac file into rhythmbox, the title and artist appeared (before it just showed an error). However, when I click play, the entire program shuts down I tried it several times with the same result. I even tried playing an mp3 and it still shut down (never did that before). Do you think I uninstalled something important when I replaced the repositories with Packman?

  10. #20

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    Hello again timwhudson,

    Do you think I uninstalled something important when I replaced the repositories with Packman?
    NO! While re-installing rhythymbox would not hurt, you may get more mileage by simply logging out of gnome and logging back in. If you update any program that is currently running, such all the gnome background stuff, you won't have access to the update until that program is restarted.

    Unless I am missing something ... I think you are THERE!

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