Today I have solved a "problem": mplayerplug-in would start
downloading (caching) videoclips in my browser and then it would hang
at 99%, irrespective of media format. A Google search turned up a few
hits on this issue; it seemed as if I wasn't the only one unable to
find a fix. Like myself, the others had made sure there was no
dependency missing and mplayer could successfully play videoclips when
launched as a helper application.
In my case, the problem turned out to be related to mplayer being
available as several rpm packages and mplayerplug-in installation not
reporting a missing dependency. mplayer-common and mplayer-gui rpms
are sufficient to play videoclips as a standalone application. But
mplayerplug-in also needs the mplayer rpm, which comes as a separate
package. However, mplayerplug-in rpm installation did not report any
missing dependency, nor did `apt-get -f install'. That applies to both
mplayerplug-in releases 2.66 and 2.7 as available from the apt
In conclusion, to play videoclips in a web browser as embedded applets
one needs to install mplayer-common, mplayer, and mplayerplug-in rpms.
All clips I have tested so far played as expected.
Platform details: RH9; Gnome-2.2; Mozilla-1.6 & Firefox-0.9.3;