Banshee 1.4.3 not playing MP3 files

Asked by New2Ubuntu

hi, i'm running banshee 1.4.3 on jaunty 9.4 and have just started to have problems with Banshee Not Playing Audio Files.when i click a mp3 track or a podcast download i see a small orange square with a cross through. can anyone help with this?

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arochester (arochester) said :

Have you installed: ubuntu-restricted-extras
...which, among other things, allows MP3s to play...

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New2Ubuntu (homegrownchillies) said :

hi, thanks for the response. i've checked before I posted my question that these were installed. everything was working fine until a couple of days ago. one thing that has changed is that I had to install a new version of adobe flash as I was having problems with youtube videos hanging in firefox. there was also no sound. could this cause the problem??

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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :

Please try this...

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-maintained 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.

Then open a Terminal from the menu Applications→Accessories→Terminal

Tip: right click with mouse on the terminal title caption and select the item "Always on Top" doing this you will force the terminal window to stay on top of the other windows and you will find very easy to copy single row from this web page into the terminal...
Something more about using the terminal

Then type or better copy and paste a row a time then press enter:
(Tip: select the single row to copy then right click into the terminal and to quick paste click with middle button of mouse )

and type or better copy and paste:

sudo aptitude install vlc smplayer mplayer

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 please open a Terminal from the menu Applications → Accessories → Terminal and type or copy and paste:

sudo wget`lsb_release -cs`.list --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list; sudo apt-get -q update; sudo apt-get --yes -q --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring; sudo apt-get -q update

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

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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New2Ubuntu (homegrownchillies) said :

hi, thanks for the response. i'm not sure why i have to install skype etc. i rebooted the machine and so far no more problems with banshee. i'll save your response though and try it again should I get the problem againn. thanks for your help.

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piratemurray (mez-pahlan) said :

I'm running Banshee 1.6 Beta 2 (1.5.1) after the Karmic upgrade and now it won't play any music files.

I also get the GStreamer resource error: OpenWrite message in Banshee. I've followed the suggestions on this page and they haven't helped. Can I have some help to further diagnose and fix the problem please?