Friday, May 18, 2007


Compiling MPlayer on linux-amd64

I now have a new desktop computer (DELL Precision Workstation 390n, RH Enterprise 4) and already spent a few days setting it up in various ways. Most of the time, it has been straightforward, but setting up MPlayer was much less than trivial.

Here is an overview of the main steps required to install it (MPlayer 1.0rc1-4.1.1 © 2000-2006)

1. 64-bit vs. 32-bit problems

(This section will not apply to you if your OS is 32-bit)

MPlayer must be compiled in 32-bit mode since it invokes proprietary Windows codecs and therefore some basic 32-bit environment must be available. 2. Setting up MPlayer problems 3. Mysterious problems Following a successful compilation, mplayer was able to start and to display movie files, however, any attempt to change playback speed was causing a crash in function vo_update_osd, file libvo/sub.c. Here is what I did to solve the problem: 4. Bonus track

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