I need system manger name -how do I get that?

Asked by SteveLarson on 2009-11-14

Since my former son in law installed the ubuntu format, I am unable to play any video that anyone sends me via email. I am not a computer tech guy. I could always open videos when I had Windows Office. Now I can not open any videos. A box pops up that says I must buy something called codex. What is with that? Why can't Ubuntu just open the videos for me? Tx, Steve

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This question was originally filed as bug #482461.

Lars Ljung (larslj) said : #1

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 https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu if you are uncertain if they are bugs. For help on reporting bugs, see https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs .

For Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
Ubuntu looks like this: http://org.dailyflashid.com/gallery/ubuntu.jpg

For KUbuntu:
sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-extras
KUbuntu looks like this: http://pillateunlinux.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/1-kubuntu504-1.png

You dont buy codecs (not codex) you simply need to install them, You can also follow this guide to add more codecs, You will then be able to play many media files

http://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu

Looks like your former son-in-law seems to have forgotten this package. It is not part of a default install due to some coutries not permitting MP3 playback.

Once you add the repository, you should also run:

sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2

SteveLarson (m-1guy) said : #3

This seems very complicated to me. I don't know about installing-uninstalling stuff. I just want to be able to watch a video I am sent. I do not have hours and hours in which to try to learn how to do all these technical chores. It looks like I will just have to bring my hard drive somewhere, get rid of the Ubuntu program, and somehow get back to Windows. I never had any problems with Windows. This Ubuntu has been a challenge since day one. My former Son in Law is a computer guy by trade, so he thinks it is great. Maybe it is. I don't understand why I need a codec. If I needed one, it should already be here. This is maddening. Thanks for your help and attempt to help me out. Steve
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> Your question #90125 on Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/90125
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> Status: Open => Answered
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> actionparsnip proposed the following answer:
> For Ubuntu:
> sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
> Ubuntu looks like this: http://org.dailyflashid.com/gallery/ubuntu.jpg
>
> For KUbuntu:
> sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-extras
> KUbuntu looks like this: http://pillateunlinux.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/1-kubuntu504-1.png
>
> You dont buy codecs (not codex) you simply need to install them, You can
> also follow this guide to add more codecs, You will then be able to play
> many media files
>
> http://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu
>
> Looks like your former son-in-law seems to have forgotten this package.
> It is not part of a default install due to some coutries not permitting
> MP3 playback.
>
> Once you add the repository, you should also run:
>
> sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2
>
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Yes thats what the commnands will do. You arent expected to learn anything (unless yuo want to) I have given you sample images of desktops for you to work out which command to run, its a single command and you will be able to watch all the videos you like.

Windows is made by a single unit company so has a strong cohesion (one unit communicating with itself). Linux is made by many teams which communicate then the distribution creators (Canonical in the case of Ubuntu) make them sing better together

Just click the image links I gave to see which Ubuntu version you have, KUbuntu uses a few different systems to Ubuntu so both packages must exist to mirror this difference

If you have kubuntu you need to open a terminal and run:
sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-extras

If you have Ubuntu you need to run:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Thats all it is, where is the learning? Its not maddening at all. I'm giving you the precise and exact command to run, you just have to look at the images I posted then look at your desktop then see which is closest to your so you install the right codec pack

The codecs cannot be installed by default (as I said earlier) for legal reasons, so if the codecs are legal for you you can manually install them.

The codecs decode the data into sounds, the encoding of the original sound is done to make the file, you then decode the file to recreate the sound. The codecs tell the system how to read the data and make sense of it. If you don't have these codecs your system does not know how to interpret the data in music / video files.

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