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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Multi-media Subarea (OpenSUSE)

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 per this wiki here:
Repositories - openSUSE-Community
If you have a problem getting your sound card to work, please go here:
SDB:AudioTroubleshooting - openSUSE
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:
* provide the URLs (of a summary webpage) that are created by running the two diagnostic scripts noted here:
SDB:AudioTroubleshooting - openSUSE
* in a terminal, or xterm, or konsole, type: uname -a #and post output here
* in a terminal, or xterm, or konsole, type: rpm -qa | grep alsa #and post output here
* in a terminal, or xterm, or konsole, type: cat /etc/modprobe.d/sound #and post output here
* in addition in openSUSE-11.1 run the script /usr/sbin/ and post here the output URL. Just the URL.

In openSUSE 11.1 all our codec handling will be done using One-Click-Install. This provides a simple wizard to guide you through everything, and you have to install absolutely nothing extra to be good to go!

Restricted Multimedia Formats (MP3, MPEG-4, etc.)
Note: Different copyright and patent laws apply differently depending on what country you are in; if you are unsure about a particular restriction or patent, you might consider applying for legal advice. This site does not offer legal advice. For more information about why some formats/codecs are restricted and why they don't ship out-of-the-box on openSUSE, read Restricted Formats.
To go through a simple wizard guiding you through the installation process of some additional multimedia codecs where necessary, simply click on one of the links below:
If you are using the KDE Desktop Environment

1-click installation

On 32-bit systems there'll be a dialog asking for about architecture change for libxine1 from from i586 to i686, accept that change.

If you are using the KDE Desktop Environment

Command line installation
Instead of using the 1-click you can install the codecs using a root terminal instead. Simply copy/paste the commands.
Add the required software repositories (one line command: zypper... ):

zypper addrepo packman
addrepo libdvdcss

Install the packages (one line command: zypper... ):

zypper install ffmpeg flash-player gst-fluendo-mp3
k3b-codecs libdvdcss libxine1-codecs
phonon-backend-xine w32codec-all amarok-xine
If you are using the GNOME Desktop Environment:


his will enable you to have:

  • Flash
  • Java
  • Latest Amarok (with MP3 Support) for KDE, or Helix-Banshee for GNOME users
  • Encrypted DVD (libdvdcss)
  • Extra xine codecs, for MPEG-4 etc. (libxine1)
  • K3b with MP3 Support (k3b-codecs)
  • Win 32 Codecs (w32codec-all) well as the option of installing many more applications (select Customise mode at the screen), including:

  • Opera
  • VLC
  • ..and more

Sometimes things are not installed correctly. When that happens, you will find that you cannot play mp3, mp4, wmv using totem. At that point key to making it work correctly may not be so obvious. Here is what I did to get things working after the default install attempt went badly.

The key was to DISABLE all repositories but the packman and libdvdcss repositories... then remove all of the gstreamer packages and totem. Then do the install using the link from After this, re-enable all of repositories that you disabled before and then install totem. At that point everything works.

openSUSE 11.1_Install Slideshow

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