cant play mp3's, or videos in ubuntu 8.10 64 bit!

Asked by Schindler on 2009-01-30

ok, here it goes, iv been frantically searching the nets for some1 with a simaler problem, no dice. so i decide to post it here. first of all thank you for reading thiz. k, i have a dell insperon 1525 w/ 3gigs of ram, preloaded with vista XD anyway i got rid of vista and installed ubuntu 8.10 32bit, i then relized that my comp is 64bit! so i get the 64bit of ubuntu and install it, works fine un till i tried to listen 2 some music, XD. i downloaded the coders b4 i tryed the mp3's from add/remove, and now when i open ANY music player to play any mp3 or vid the window turns a shade of black, and i click the X and it asks me 2 force quit. not only is it not working, but ooo's slide shows where lagging alot! compiz works vary nicely, and i tryed to install java 6 to hopefully fix ooo, it didn't, but then aftor the comp being on 4 about 3 days, my mp3's worked! i was so happy and i restarted just to make sure, but when i restarted a whole bunch of words came up on the screen after the upsplach, i got worried, but then the logon came back on, i log in to find that my mp3's don't work again! =( i got really pissed and searched the nets 4 an answer, and here i am, plz help!!!

Update: restarted, lines did not show up, but, no dice, it music and vids still do not work
Update 2: reinstalled coders for mp3, not working so far, can some1 help me?
Update 3: ok, i got it to work, but only when i restart x untill the sond works, this is not a problom with the sond drivers, cuz sometimes the sond works but music dont, can some1 help me out? thx
up 4 : nvm, it dont work any more, idk how it worked last time, just my luck, can some1 help me plz? PLZ I DONT WANT TO W8 4 9.4!!!!!!!!

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Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand) said : #1

Thanks for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. We appreciate the difficulties you are facing, but this appears to be a "regular" (non-security) bug. I have unmarked it as a security issue since this bug does not show evidence of allowing attackers to cross privilege boundaries nor directly cause loss of data/privacy. Please feel free to report any other bugs you may find.

Schindler (schindlershadow) said : #2

oh, opps XD

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) said : #3

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue and helping to make Ubuntu better. Examining the information you have given us, this does not appear to be a bug report so we are closing it and converting it to a question in the support tracker. We appreciate the difficulties you are facing, but it would make more sense to raise problems you are having in the support tracker at if you are uncertain if they are bugs. For help on reporting bugs, see

Play mp3 and dvd under Ubuntu install skype googleearth acroread and other stuffs using Medibuntu

First please install

You need to have extra repositories enabled..

Please first enable the universe and multiverse repository:

Open System → Administration → Software sources → [ Tab Ubuntu software ]

enable "Community-mainteined Open Source software ( universe )"
enable "Proprietary drivers for devices ( restricted )"
enable "Software restrictecd by copyright or legal issue ( multiverse )"

Close and confirm the repository reload.

Type the following command in a terminal (applications → accessories → terminal)

sudo aptitude install vlc

To get better dvd playback and optional packages here the medibuntu available software list
you need to add the medibuntu repository to your /etc/apt/sources.list file:
( here the medibuntu howto but see below )

In short type or better copy and paste the rows, below one row a time then press enter:

ubu_codename=$(sudo lsb_release -c | cut -d: -f 2 | sed 's/^[ \t]*//;s/[ \t]*$//')
sudo wget$ubu_codename.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add - && sudo apt-get update

Now to install, type:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras libxine1-ffmpeg
sudo aptitude install libdvdread3 libdvdnav4 libdvdcss2 regionset gnome-mplayer
sudo aptitude install non-free-codecs w32codecs
sudo aptitude install gstreamer0.10-pitfdll gstreamer0.10-plugins-good
sudo aptitude install gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse

give your user password when requested, you don't see nothing when you type it, then press enter.

You can also install other Medibuntu repository provided optional software :

sudo apt-get install skype
sudo apt-get install googleearth
sudo apt-get install acroread

Hope this helps

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