[maemo-users] Playing MPEG-2 or .tivo files on N800 OS2008

From: Ryan Pavlik abiryan at ryand.net
Date: Sun Dec 30 04:13:11 EET 2007
The install file is not the operative issue here - it is the fact that
applications must be recompiled to run on OS 2008 (Chinook) and many
require modifications before they do so.  The compiling and packaging
produces a .deb - the .install is just a text file indicating where the
.deb is (simplifying this a bit, but you get the point.)

It might be best to contact the maintainers of the ports of those
programs and see if they plan on offering a 2008/Chinook build soon
before striking out on ones' own to port them again.


William Gordon Rutherdale wrote:
> Hi.
> I'm new to the N800 and did an upgrade to the latest OS2008.
> I have discovered that OS2008 is not backwards compatible with OS2007 in 
> terms of packages you can install.
> In particular there is a Media Player package ready to install on the 
> OS2007 page but not on the OS2008 page.  If I try installing it anyway I 
> get an error message.
> Can anyone tell me what is involved in creating a version of the 
> .install file that works for OS2008.  Or if someone is planning to put 
> one up in the near future, please let us know.
> I am interested in at least one other package too:  Free42.  This is the 
> emulation of the HP42 calculator.  I am able to install it easily to an 
> ordinary Linux desktop.  I have confirmed that the version on the OS2007 
> download page works when I have OS2007 installed but not when I have 
> OS2008 installed.
> There is also another application I like to run on a Linux desktop that 
> I haven't seen at all on the download pages.  Presumably other people 
> aren't interested.  If I want to get it working, it sounds like I have 
> to learn how to use Scratchbox and try to create the .install file 
> myself.  Is that the correct direction?
> Should I be directing these questions to the developers list?
> -Will
> Russ Wenner wrote:
>> Thank you.  I did not realize MPlayer was different than the built-in
>> Media Player.  It does play MPEG2 files.  It is not playing the .tivo
>> files, while playing from my internal SD card has little digital
>> squares jumping around and the audio is squeally.  I'm thinking that I
>> may try toning-down the recording quality on the Tivo which may make
>> the frame rate more manageable.  Thank you in advance for all help!
>> Below I am pasting text from the MPlayer report:
>> MPlayer 1.0rc1-maemo.23.n8x0 (C) 2000-2006 MPlayer Team
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