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MPlayer and Debian Sarge (was: Mplayer won't play dvd! (was: dvd movie playing))


I'm reporting the procedure I followed to install successfully
(it seems) mplayer.


Operating system: Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 ("Sarge") r2.

After the Debian base installation, I had chosen the manual
packages selection and installed the following packages:

make gcc less x-window-system gnome-session gnome-panel nautilus gnome-applets gnome-control-center gnome-system-tools gnome-core epiphany-browser libc6-dev kernel-source-2.4.27 cvs autotools-dev build-essential dpatch dpkg-dev g++ g++-3.3 libice-dev libjpeg62-dev liblockfile-dev libncurses5-dev libpng12-dev libpng3-dev libsm-dev libstdc++5-3.3-dev libtiff4-dev libtiffxx0 libungif4-dev libungif4g libx11-dev libxaw7-dev libxext-dev libxi-dev libxmu-dev libxmuu-dev libxp-dev libxpm-dev libxrandr-dev libxrender-dev libxt-dev libxtrap-dev libxtst-dev libxv-dev patch pm-dev render-dev texinfo x-dev xaw3dg xaw3dg-dev xlibs-dev xlibs-static-dev zlib1g-dev cupsys cupsys-bsd cupsys-client libcupsimage2 cupsys-driver-gimpprint cupsys-driver-gimpprint-data gs-esp

. I did:

 # apt-get install libgtk1.2 libgtk1.2-dev

. From mplayer web site I downloaded the following packages:
MPlayer-1.0pre8.tar.bz2, essential-20060611.tar.bz2, 
Blue-1.5.tar.bz2, font-arial-iso-8859-1.tar.bz2
and put them in ~/tmp. Then,

 $ cd ~/tmp
 $ tar xjvf essential-20060611.tar.bz2

. The directory /usr/local/lib/codecs didn't exist. I created it, then
from ~/tmp:

 # mv -v essential-20060611 /usr/local/lib/codecs

 $ tar xjvf MPlayer-1.0pre8.tar.bz2
 $ cd MPlayer-1.0pre8
 $ ./configure --enable-gui
 $ make
 # make install

 $ cd ~/tmp
 $ tar xjvf font-arial-iso-8859-1.tar.bz2
 $ cd font-arial-iso-8859-1
 # mv -v font-arial-18-iso-8859-1/* /usr/local/share/mplayer/font

 $ cd ~/tmp
 $ tar xjvf Blue-1.5.tar.bz2
 $ cd Blue
 # mkdir /usr/local/share/mplayer/Skin
 # mkdir /usr/local/share/mplayer/Skin/default
 # mv -v * /usr/local/share/mplayer/Skin/default

. I removed MPlayer-1.0pre8.tar.bz2, essential-20060611.tar.bz2, 
Blue-1.5.tar.bz2 and font-arial-iso-8859-1.tar.bz2 from ~/tmp.
I started mplayer with:

 $ mplayer -vf eq -dvd-device <device> dvd://3

, where `3' (just an example) is the chapter number that I want to watch,
and <device> is the device name that corresponds to my dvd driver.
It may be: /dev/hdb, /dev/hdc, /dev/hdd, or 
/cdrom, /media/cdrom1, /media/cdrom2, /media/cdrom3,
or maybe /dev/scd0. You have to try.
Once you've found out the correct device name for <device>, you can do:

 # ln -s /cdrom <device>

and then start mplayer simply with:

 $ mplayer -vf eq dvd://3

, and gmplayer with:

 $ gmplayer -vf eq

. I could control volume with 0 and 9 and brightness with 3 and 4.

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