Problem playing an avi file

Antonio Olivares olivares14031 at
Thu Jul 15 05:03:14 UTC 2010

--- On Wed, 7/14/10, JD <jd1008 at> wrote:

> From: JD <jd1008 at>
> Subject: Problem playing an avi file
> To: "Community support for Fedora users" <users at>
> Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 7:45 PM
>   I have an avi file which when
> played with any of the linux players:
> xine, vlc, mplayer, ffplay, totem, ...etc
> displays the message in the video window:
> Codec Error: Use Windows Media player.
> then it issues the message: Redirecting to microsoft
> download page.
> I have never seen this happen before.
> Has anyone else seen it? How to get around it?
> -- 


Do you have codecs installed?  Which codecs?  The mplayer codecs:

Cut+paste from above page: in case its needed

Binary Codecs - The MPlayer projects maintains a package full of binary codecs for which no directly open source option exists, some of these files include Windows DLL's. These are shared by both Xine and MPlayer. NOTE:  There is significant variation depending on your architecture (i386, x86_64, ppc). This step is really only beneficial to 32bit i386 users, 64bit users may also install the i386.

    * Navigate to:
    * Select the package (.tar.bz2) best matching your version of Fedora/Architecture. Generally 32-bit users will use: all-20100303.tar.bz2.
    * Install the codecs (32-bit for example):

      [mirandam at charon Download]$ sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib/codecs
      [mirandam at charon Download]$ sudo tar -jxvf all-20100303.tar.bz2 --strip-components 1 -C /usr/lib/codecs/

In case you did not have them, if you do have them, and you still get the error message, maybe share the avi file with mplayer developers on mplayer lists?, or try another method, like a livecd with built in mplayer and see if that will play it?




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