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Round two mPlayer

Ok, I'd like to take a second run at this.

Here's my Linux/Firefox/video problem.

I have a Thinkpad A31p.  I have fedora core 4 installed.  Firefox
installed.  mPlayer installed.  All are patched up to date.  I have
RTFMed to the best of my ability.  I want the video player to work.  I
would like mPlayer to be that working software package.

I have players that show video but don't play the sound.  I have players
that play the sound but not the video.  I have players that do neither.
I have NO player that plays both sound and video reliably.

Here is what I would like to do.  I would like to remove all video
players except mplayer.  I would like mplayer to actually work.  To me
that means when I click on a video link in Firefox, mplayer starts and
plays the video and sound for the file.  It means that if I launch
mplayer independently and then open a video file, it actually plays with
both video and sound.

And just for some troll/flamebait to see if I could get any response,
here I am trying to come back over to Linux after many years in Windows
and I find that there are many wannabe video applications but not one
actually works.  I have been out to websites until my eyes are bleeding
and have fiddled with configs until my fingers hurt.  Still no workee. 

How's Linux going to win (pun intended) that way?

Windows Media player works like a champ.  I don't want to continue dual
booting.  I'd like to have my disk be all Linux.

Thanks for taking the time to read this even if you don't respond.

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