Firefox won't play video files

Asked by Alfredo on 2008-02-25

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When I try to play a video file (.wmv), Firefox states I don't have a plugin installed. It then gives me a list of four possible ones, being Xine, Totem, VLC and Mplayer. I've tried installing and reinstalling all but Totem, but I still keep receiving the same message. About:plugins in Firefox indicates I have no plugins installed for Windows Media files.
I'm running Hardy Alpha 4 and Firefox 3.0b3.

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Basilio Kublik (sourcercito) said : #1

Hi Alfredo
this doesn't seem a bug itself but a question instead, so i'm redirecting it to the support tracker where you can obtain an answer which can also help other people with the same issue.


Alfredo (frederick-jansen) said : #2

Hi Basilio

That depends on how you look at it. If you provide a function where Firefox automatically installs plugins and for some reason they don't work afterwards (while they did in Gutsy), I would consider it a bug.
It may be that the beta version of Firefox 3 isn't compatible with the plugins available, but then they shouldn't be suggested in the first place.

Best Earth (matt-h) said : #3

I installed firefox-3.0 on gutsy. No plugins were found, because
/usr/lib/firefox-3.0/plugins was not linked to /usr/lib/firefox/plugins

Alfredo (frederick-jansen) said : #4

Thanks Matt, creating a link fixed my problem.

In my opinion though, that's something the installer should do. Or at least install the plugins in the correct folder, namely firefox-addons (which seems to be what Firefox 3.0 uses).

Alfredo (frederick-jansen) said : #5

Thanks Matt H, that solved my question.

Jerre Hurst (ke5mxg) said : #6

how do i get my news videos from cnn and fox to play?

Philip Wyett (philwyett) said : #7


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