[CentOS] "General Error" in Firefox (CentOS 5.2) Video

Michael A. Peters mpeters at mac.com
Sun Jan 4 08:20:24 UTC 2009

I'm guessing the general error is from a plugin, not Firefox itself. I'm 
guessing gstreamer backend totem plugin, but I don't really know.

For flash - on 64-bit get the "alpha" 64-bit plugin from Macromedia. It 
works quite well, and you don't have to worry about nsplugin-wrapper. 
For 32-bit obviously just use the non alpha 32-bit rpm package from 
Adobe. They have a yum file that will keep it up to date.

For video - I use the totem plugin with xine backend totem. I compiled 
my own but I suspect that rpmforge has it. I found gstreamer backend 
totem to be most unsatisfactory.

For PDF - the acroread package from Adobe has a 32-bit browser plugin, I 
don't know of a 64-bit plugin but you can use nswrapper - however, I 
prefer not to, and just download the pdf to view with evince or acroread.

clemens at dwf.com wrote:
> This is a new instalation of CentOS 5.2
> When I go to FireFox and try to watch a Video clip, some
> files transfer, and then I get the message "General Error" in
> the video window.
> I ASSUME some additional software needs to be downloaded,
> but what from where?
> When running on that Other OS, a message comes up giving you
> an opertunity to do the download.

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