How to play wma files in VLC

How do I solve this problem of playing wma files?

Codec not supported:

VLC could not decode the format “WMA2” (Windows Media Audio 2)
Codec not supported:
VLC could not decode the format “WMV3” (Windows Media Video 9)

Did you do the switch to the Packman repo as described in e.g. the stckies of this Multimedia subforum?

https://forums.opensuse.org/showthread.php/309430-Welcome-to-multimedia-sub-area

http://hp/452884-Multimedia-in-One-Click

Thanks, I thought I installed everything but it still gives me this:
Codec not supported:
VLC could not decode the format “WMA2” (Windows Media Audio 2)
Codec not supported:
VLC could not decode the format “WMV3” (Windows Media Video 9)
Codec not supported:
VLC could not decode the format “WMA2” (Windows Media Audio 2)
Codec not supported:
VLC could not decode the format “WMV3” (Windows Media Video 9)

What is needed to run wma files?

That is not realy an answer to my question. Did you do the switch?

E.g.

zypper dup -r <the number/alias of your Packman repo>

Or using YaST > Software Management, then choosing from the View menu: Repositories, then selecting Packman and then clicking above the list at right the text: Switch system packages to the …

i gives me so many warnings its very confusing. I saved the file with the warnings how can I attach it here you you to see?

zypper dup -r <the number/alias of your Packman repo>

that command is wrong it should be

zypper dup --from <packman repo>

tell us your repo’s

zypper lr -d

davek@linux-6kvw:~> su
Password:
linux-6kvw:/home/davek # zypper dup --from <packman repo>
bash: syntax error near unexpected token `newline’
linux-6kvw:/home/davek # zypper lr -d

| Alias | Name | Enabled | GPG Check | Refresh | Priority | Type | URI | Service

—±---------------------------------±---------------------------±--------±----------±--------±---------±-------±-----------------------------------------------------------------------±-------
1 | download.opensuse.org-non-oss | Main Repository (NON-OSS) | Yes | (r ) Yes | Yes | 99 | yast2 | http://download.opensuse.org/tumbleweed/repo/non-oss/ |
2 | download.opensuse.org-oss | Main Repository (OSS) | Yes | (r ) Yes | Yes | 99 | yast2 | http://download.opensuse.org/tumbleweed/repo/oss/ |
3 | download.opensuse.org-tumbleweed | Main Update Repository | Yes | (r ) Yes | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/tumbleweed/ |
4 | dvd | dvd | Yes | (r ) Yes | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | http://opensuse-guide.org/repo/openSUSE_Leap_42.1/ |
5 | http-ftp.gwdg.de-dd5ae028 | Packman Repository | Yes | (r ) Yes | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/packman/suse/openSUSE_Tumbleweed/ |
6 | http-opensuse-guide.org-0256de30 | libdvdcss repository | Yes | (r ) Yes | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | http://opensuse-guide.org/repo/openSUSE_Tumbleweed/ |
7 | openSUSE-20160512-0 | openSUSE-20160512-0 | Yes | (r ) Yes | No | 99 | yast2 | cd:///?devices=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-HL-DT-ST_DVD+_-RW_GH50N_K35ABI24342 |
8 | packman | packman | Yes | (r ) Yes | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | http://packman.inode.at/suse/openSUSE_Leap_42.1/ |
9 | repo-debug | openSUSE-Tumbleweed-Debug | No | ---- | Yes | 99 | NONE | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/tumbleweed/repo/oss/ |
10 | repo-source | openSUSE-Tumbleweed-Source | No | ---- | Yes | 99 | NONE | http://download.opensuse.org/source/tumbleweed/repo/oss/ |
linux-6kvw:/home/davek #

–from vs. --repo
I was not quite sure and re-read the man page about this. I am still not convinced that it makes a difference in this case (maybe in other cases), But the --from must be OK.

@vinoman2
Copy/past the computer text bwteen CODE tags in a post. You get the CODE by clicking on the # button in the tool bar of the post editor. Copy/paste complete: the prompt, the command, the output and the next prompt.

I hope you replaced the <…> part of what I (and I_A) show you with a real identification of your Packman repo. When you are not sure show us (as I_A asked)

zypper lr -d

Or, when you are not fond of the CLI and like to use the GUI, use YaST as I also explained (but with the GUI it is of course easier to show us what you do and get).

by you could use ether the number, alias, name, url for packman, the number is the easiest to use so do

zypper dup --from 5

you are using TW right?
you have a LEAP install disk?
you have packman’s LEAP repo?
remove them
you shoild not be mixing LEAP and TW repositories that will break your system

zypper rr 4 8

and disable repoi #4 as it is not needed after initial install the update repo has newer packages

zypper mr -d openSUSE-20160512-0

can open mp4 files but not flv or wma files at this point

your system looks bad, remove the leap repo’s
force an update
then do a dup with packman
I’m amazed your OS actually boots, TW uses kernel 4.5 LEAP is still on 4.1 there are a lot of other differences between LEAP and TW, do not do anything until you clean your repo’s

Thanks, I’ll reinstall and start over.

no need to reinstall
just do

zypper rr 4 8
zypper dup --from 2
zypper dup --from 4

that’s it you will have the latest TW and working multimedia!
after removing the LEAP DVD, packman for TW will become the new #4, dup --from 2 is to make sure you don’t have LEAP packages installed

Thank you! I try it out. I’m used to Debian/Ubuntu/Mint and would like learn from Tumbleweed.

Everything seems to be working now. Thanks!

The first command brought up 4 choices which I never know which one to choose, I picked #2 and maybe I got lucky. I would be good to have one set of instructions for these things so people like me don’t make so many mistakes.

The choices mean that an OSS package didn’t provide something you wore probably multimedia related, but if you did the 3rd part all multimedia should play fine