When I try to play a quicktime trailer from http://trailers.apple.com/ my OpenSUSE 12.1 system freezes. This can sometimes be so extreme that I have to force shutdown the machine.

Is it somehow possible to get quicktime for UNIX systems like OpenSUSE?


OS: OpenSUSE 12.1 (default installation)

Browser: Firefox

Plugin: No Plugins

  • Please, edit your question and add some information on the environment. E.g. Which browser do you use? Which plug-in do you use to play quicktime files?
    – andcoz
    Jan 5 '12 at 22:09
  • Did my edit help?
    – elhombre
    Jan 5 '12 at 22:15
  • No Plugins? I do not think so ...
    – andcoz
    Jan 5 '12 at 22:31
  • It's a default OpenSUSE installation, I suppose that there can't be any Plugins (unless you tell me how to find out)
    – elhombre
    Jan 5 '12 at 22:33
  • I was writing it in the answer ;-)
    – andcoz
    Jan 5 '12 at 22:52

I suppose that you have some trouble with mplayer firefox plugin (installed by default on openSuSE).

In any case, you can try to replace it with gecko-mediaplayer plug-in:

  1. Run firefox and write about:plugins in the address bar.
  2. Check carefully if there is any plugin that manages quicktime files.
  3. In case, remove that plugin. E.g. if mplayer:

    sudo zypper remove mplayerplug-in
  4. Add packman repository to your package management system:

    sudo zypper ar -f -n packman http://packman.inode.at/suse/openSUSE_12.1 packman
  5. Install gecko-mediaplayer plug-in from packman:

    sudo zypper install gecko-mediaplayer
  6. Restart firefox and check about:plugins.

  7. Try and let us know.
  • Your solution worked like a charm, thanx for the speed help :D
    – elhombre
    Jan 5 '12 at 23:10
  • Unfortunately, this solution does no longer work for SUSE 13.2 in 2015. There is no gecko-mediaplayer on the packman repo for this version (at least for the x86_64 architecture) May 27 '15 at 18:20

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