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Jack_Hammer
I have lots of probelsm as I have just installed Red Hat Fedora linux and used it for the first time so I ahve lots of little things which I don't know how to do, and help would be appreciated. First off, I want a media player that plays most file types (.avi .mpeg .wmv etc.) (preferably built for linux x84 64bit) and that also plays codecs (DivX XviD etc.).

I also need an MP3 player or jukebox and I don't know what to use.

I also would like to know how to install themes for your desktop (If needed I can install KDE) and icons etc. (or to make my own).

Also and finally I think, I would like to know how to read my second HDD and External HDD which are both in NTFS file format.

Please, any help would be most appreciated, and please reply if you know the answer to any of these questions (P.S I really do know nothing about linux so excuse my incompitance).
quartz
For software instalation you may use yum or apt. I dont use yum so cant to say much about it.

As for apt, you need to instal it:
1. go here http://apt.freshrpms.net/ ,select your linux version and download apt-0.5.15xxxxxxxxxx
2. run terminal, login as root and run command
Code:
rpm -Ivh  /path-to/apt-0.5.15xxxxxxxxxx

3. Then you need to edit /etc/apt/sources.list
Take look here http://www.xades.com/proj/fedora_repos.html
4. after, run commands:
Code:
apt-get update
apt-get install mplayer
apt-get install xmms


Ths will install MPlayer - movie player, xmms (similar to Winamp)... I think xmms already preinstalled for you.

Then you may run
Code:
apt-get upgrade
this will upgrade your packages to newsest ones.

Also you may
Code:
apt-get install synaptic
That is graphical frontend for apt, so you can easier manage your packages.

Good luck
quartz
About NTFS access under linux.
not long time ago there was no posibility to access NTFS, but now i have found http://www.linux-ntfs.org/
I didnt tried it as i have set up FAT32 partition to exchange data between Linux and windows

Also there is windows driver to access ext2/ext3 linux partitions in read/write mode http://www.fs-driver.org
Jack_Hammer
Thanks for your help but still needing to know a couple of things if any body can help me with any others?
Naif
MP3 Player: Use XMMS. Its very identical to Winamp, you can even use Winamp skins with it. Chances are, it already must have gotten installed by default. Launch a terminal window and try typing xmms on the prompt.

Media Player: Use Mplayer

How to access NTFS partitions:

1. First of all, create a directory under /mnt, like for example, /mnt/win_ntfs_c or something.
2. After thats done, you'll have to find out the device name of your NTFS partitions. Under linux, everything is a file. Your keyboard, your mouse, literally any device under Linux is accessed through a file. To figure out the device name for your NTFS partition, launch a terminal session and type the following command:

# fdisk -l

You'll get a list of all the partitions on your system. Look at the last column of each entry. The one which says NTFS is your NTFS partition. Your ought might look something like

/dev/hdb1 some_number some_number some_number NTFS

Now, taking that output into consideration, the device file for your NTFS partition would be, /dev/hdb1. To mount it, type this from a terminal session

# mount -t ntfs /dev/hdb1 /mnt/win_ntfs_c

See if that works. If it does, then I will show you how to automatically mount your NTFS partitions on startup. If your trying to use any of these commands as a normal user and the commands fail to work, try issuing them as root. To become root, from a terminal session type,

# su

It will ask you for the superuser password.

Hope this helps
Jack_Hammer
Thanks I will try that, but I ahve had trouble installing Mplayer and VLC player and installing pretty much anything else actually. They always say they are missing a file or two.
Naif
Jack_Hammer wrote:
Thanks I will try that, but I ahve had trouble installing Mplayer and VLC player and installing pretty much anything else actually. They always say they are missing a file or two.


Guess you are having a package dependency problem. Install the MPlayer package from the installation CD.
Jack_Hammer
Naif wrote:
Jack_Hammer wrote:
Thanks I will try that, but I ahve had trouble installing Mplayer and VLC player and installing pretty much anything else actually. They always say they are missing a file or two.


Guess you are having a package dependency problem. Install the MPlayer package from the installation CD.


I don't have a CD with MPlayer on it.
Naif
I found a guide to installing MPlayer. It should help you out. Its available at http://www.mjmwired.net/resources/mplayer-fedora.html

Before you read it, try running the command gmplayer from a terminal session.

By the way, after skimming through the guide, I recakked Realplayer is available for Linux too.
LordSata
Uhm you select the incorrect version of Linux if you wuld likee to heard MP3. In Fedora this coder isn't install! By the way if you love Fedora you must install the coder. Search in the browser Fedora mp3 coder.
For the video you must download the codec, search they and install, the program is equal... personally i use the Mplayer and the realplayer (for the real video/audio) version for linux...Enjoy, but for me exchange your Linx with another like Slackware or another Very Happy
bye
desertwind
For mp3 xmms (a winamp gui clone) is one of the best. But no doubt the best is rhythmbox. its an excellent music library management software/player.

for mp3 support in xmms and rhythmbox use the following command. u need to be connected to internet.
Code:
$ yum install xmms-mp3
$ yum install gstreamerplugins-mp3
.

For video, mplayer is the best. Download the following files

http://rpm.greysector.net/yum/4/i386/mplayer-1.0pre7try2-2.i386.rpm
http://rpm.greysector.net/yum/4/i386/mplayer-gui-1.0pre7try2-2.i386.rpm
http://rpm.greysector.net/yum/all/i386/mplayer-codecs-20050412-1.i386.rpm
http://rpm.greysector.net/yum/all/i386/mplayer-codecs-extra-20050412-1.i386.rpm [Optional - download for more video type support]
http://rpm.greysector.net/yum/all/i386/mplayer-skin-default-1.4-1.noarch.rpm

put all those files into a directory and install using the following command
Code:
$ rpm -ivh mplayer-*


For themes for GNOME go http://art.gnome.org/themes/
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