totem has no 'add proprietary plug-in' button

Asked by dr_rsc

totem cannot play .avi, .mov, .mpg or .mp3 files - all that happens is an error pops up saying 'There were no decoders found to handle the stream, you might need to install the corresponding plugins' - totem that came with ubuntu 5.10 has no 'add proprietary plug-ins' button -

all the files mentioned above can be played with no problem in win-xp (windows media player, mplayer) & mandriva 10.2 (totem)

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Sitsofe Wheeler (sitsofe) said :

This is a tricky one. Mandriva 10.2's totem is actually older than Ubuntu's (which explains why it has a Add Plugins button - newer versions have removed this) and defaults to a xine based totem.

Xine ships with an ffmpeg based decoder which plays a bunch of extra formats BUT not all of them (I can point you to videos that the stock Mandriva totem won't play either). If you swtich to totem-xine then you will find many videos now play (however you will encounter other bugs).

Why does Windows Media Player play more videos out of the box? Neither Mandriva nor Ubuntu can ship support for every (restricted) video codec for reasons outlined in

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Ubuntu User (anotherubuntuuser) said :


If you follow the instructions for Ubuntu Dapper (6.06), after installing Dapper of course, on the, you can play most of the formats that are out there.

Sitsofe's comment about formats is an important one to consider, however.

If Sitsofe's comment solved your problem, or answered your question, please consider closing your ticket with Sitsofe Wheeler as the answerer?

If not, let us know and we'll keep working on it for you.


Jim Jones

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