m-player wont play on firefox

Asked by sandra mclean on 2009-09-02

i have just tried to play a audio track on a website and firefox is currently using m-player, mozilla as the medium, however this is not working properly, could anyone guide me through this please

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sudo apt-get --reinstall install mozilla-mplayer

How do you get the data to stream? Can you provide a link so I can test and investigate. Thanks

sandra mclean (sandra-mclean2) said : #2


thanks for replying, i was getting quite desperate to sort this out!!
the link is:-


i hav followed the sudo apt etc, but it does do anything


Tom (tom6) said : #3

Hi :)

Are you still using Gutsy Gibbon, Ubuntu 7.10?

Please upgrade to at least 8.04. In fact 8.04 might be absolutely perfect for you, better than 9.04 because 8.04 has Long Term Support and doesn't need upgrading again until June 2010 when 10.06 is due to be released.

Once you have done that then please follow all the steps in this guide to sort out almost all your multimedia in one easy go without missing anything
although i would keep the non-free components because i find them so incredibly useful. Hopefully one day i will go completely OpenSource but not just yet.

Then get the flash player installed using this guide

Finally sort the BBC's linux iplayer
choosing the Debian option as Ubuntu is in the Debian family. You might want to help support them by being one of their beta testers but thiis would mean the thing would break-down occasionally and you'd have to ask them how to fix it
it would mean you would be using the ultra latest version before almost anyone else tho ;)

I hope this helps!
Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

Tom (tom6) said : #4

Lol, i "Pressed here for Audio" and my web-browser crashed. So i did it again and it crashed again!! dohhh!

Ok I followed the link to http://www.learningmeditation.com/getaway1.htm and found the files given are .ram files which require realplayer

You can install realplayer from the medibuntu repo


sandra mclean (sandra-mclean2) said : #6

thanks for your advice ,it was clear and easy to follow,
however i have installed realplayer and altered the preferences in firefox,
just clicked onto the the website and its still using m-player,
 what do you recommend i do?
thank you

Realplayer is spyware. I don't know what kind of effect it has under Linux, but on Windows systems, it is spyware (just like the google and Yahoo toolbars, and various messaging clients)

It works fine for me... I'd run apt-get update on your system first, make sure you're all up-to-date.

Tom (tom6) said : #8

Hi :)

I seem to have been having trouble with YouTube and playing movies over the internet in the last couple of days. Sometimes things like this just happen and then magically get fixed or seem to fix themselves a few days later. I am never quite sure if it was just me being stupid for a couple of days or if it's down to some updates. At the moment i seeem to fix the problem by useing Synaptic to look for "flash" and completely uninstall "adobe-flashplugin" and then reinstall it. Using the search button helps because it remembers the last thing i typed into it. It seems to be caused whenever i mute audio. <shrugs> i might post a bug-report about it tomorrow but i have a feeling this time it's something stupid i did but can't remember what i did lol

I don't know if any of that is relevant. Does other multimedia work on your machine? Any trouble with playing normal movies or playing music? Please let us know.
Regards from
Tom :)

sandra mclean (sandra-mclean2) said : #9

sorry this just didn't work