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Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

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wilson63
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N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

Hi everyone, please tell me the difference between MP4 & MPEG 4 video file formats, I recently attempted to play MPEG 4 file on my N900, but got message this format not supported.

Where can I download the "CODEC" or find a video player that supports MPEG4 play back? Best regards.:smileysad:

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Professor
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Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

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get extra decoders support from the repo. That should do it. I have yet to find a media format i can't play on the n900. Failing that, you could always try mplayer with the sip front end

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wilson63
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Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

Hi richwhite, thanks very much for the info, sorry, I'm not particularly a technically savvy person, please elaborate on exactly how to get "extra decorders from the repo or where to find mplayer for download?

I desperately in need of an app that supports MPEG4 video files, best regards.

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Professor
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Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

Open menu, go to 'app manager', click the menu bar at the top and select 'application catalogues'. In that list you will see 'extras', tap on it, and uncheck the 'disabled' box if it is ticked - it it's an empty box, leave it empty.

Go back to the main app manager page (uninstall, download, update) and hit 'download'. Hit 'all', the first icon on the top row. Then slide out the keyboard and type 'extra decoders support' and it should display it. Simply download it and that's it.

 

I'm not 100% it supports MPEG4, but it certainly plays most formats so it's worth installing

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wilson63
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Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

Hi richwhite, I followed your instructions step by step & unfortunately there are no " extra decoders support" from the all list of apps, I tried updating them but no new updates were available, please tell me where may I find the app & how exactly to use Mplayer after installation & how do I import video files to it, I am much obliged.:smileyhappy:

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Professor
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Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

Open x-term and try

 

apt-get install Extra Decoders Support

 

 

MPlayer might still be in devels, i'm not sure. But there's KMPlayer, might be in devels, but it's very good and it seems stable.

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wilson63
Posts: 257

Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

Hi richwhite, sorry that didn't work, I tried entering the command a couple of times, how to delete them from X-terminal? Do I press" enter" after typing a command?:smileysad:

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ceroberts75
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Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files


wilson63 wrote:

Hi richwhite, sorry that didn't work, I tried entering the command a couple of times, how to delete them from X-terminal? Do I press" enter" after typing a command?:smileysad:


make sure that you have EXTRAS-TESTING installed as a catalaog as it is listed there.

 

 

then, if you have already installed rootsh, you can do the following:

 

open xterm

sudo gainroot

apt-get install decoders-support

 

and it should install for you.

 

 

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Professor
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Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

I gave you the wrong code juding from Ceroberts' post, but yeah, you push enter after entering sudo gainroot and then the apt-get install command

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wilson63
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Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

Hi richwhite, I did entering the commands on your instructions but I this message " sudo gainroot" & press enter & Enable RD mode if you want to break your device & then type in apt-install command, a return message said sh:apt-install: not  found.

Are there any other alternative? I tried KMPPlayer & SMPlayer but both of them fail to play MPEG4 video files, please instruct me on how to get into Devel, best regards.:smileysad:

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Professor
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Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

Sorry forgot to mention you need Rootsh installed to do sudo gainroot, it's in devels

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wilson63
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Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

HI richwhite,  How to enter "Devels"? I am new to the N900 bought it a couple of weeks ago, please instruct me step by step as I never out up X-terminal or Devels either, I appreciate it.:smileysurprised:

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Sage
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Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

Wilson, Google is your friend.

 

Follow this guide:

http://thehandheldblog.com/2009/12/29/how-to-enable-extras-extras-testing-extras-devel-repositories-...

 

Once you have entered those repos, restart app manager, let it scan the repos and do search for rootsh. Install this then follow the commands (they are called commands, not codes)  Cero posted.

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Professor
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Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

once you've installed rootsh and extra decoders support, go back to app manager, tap the menu bar and select 'application catalogues', then tap 'extras-testing' and ht the disabled button and click save, then the same for extras-devel.

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gemini632003
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Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

Hi richwhite, I tried your instructions but got a message from X-tern," could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13 permission denied)

Unable to lock the administrion directory.

What should I do next,best regards.:smileysad:

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scoobyman
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Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

Hi gemini632003

 

Perhaps you are not root? Have a look at this thread:/t5/Maemo-Devices/Idiots-guide-to-XTerm-required/m-p/648036/highlight/true#M6946

Happy to have helped forum in a small way with a Support Ratio = 37.0

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Professor
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Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

what are you doing in xterm? can you tell us step by step what you're doing, and if you enabled extras testing

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Mobile Sensei
ceroberts75
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Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

 


gemini632003 wrote:

Hi richwhite, I tried your instructions but got a message from X-tern," could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13 permission denied)

Unable to lock the administrion directory.

What should I do next,best regards.:smileysad:


 

sounds like you are trying to go root while your application manager is still open in the background.

 

 

be sure you close both programs,  and then reopen xterm and try to go root with

 

sudo gainroot

or

root

 

 

 

 

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annicea
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Re: N900 doesn't play MPEG 4 video files

This could be due to corrupted or damaged MPEG-4 video. Once the MPEG-4 videos gets corrupted or damaged, it becomes inccessible and unreadable. You should try to repair MPEG file first to access it. You can take help of MPEG repair software for this. The tool easily repair corrupt MPEG file and makes them accessible so that you can easily play them.

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