Thursday, November 17, 2011

Install Real Player 11 on Fedora

This installation guide has been tested for Fedora 16.

[Note: There is some problem during the installation of Real Player on Fedoar 17. Fedora 17 users, please use VLC instead.]
 
You can download the last version of Real Player 11 at https://player.helixcommunity.org/2005/downloads/

You should be downloading a file "RealPlayer11GOLD.rpm"

Pre-Installation Setup
Before installing the rpm file, you need to install additional libraries.

For 64-bit Fedora users, use the following command:
sudo yum install -y redhat-lsb redhat-lsb.i686 gstreamer-plugins-ugly gstreamer-plugins-ugly.i686 gtk2-engines gtk2-engines.i686 PackageKit-gtk-module PackageKit-gtk-module.i686 libcanberra-gtk2 libcanberra-gtk3 libcanberra-gtk2.i686 libcanberra-gtk3.i686

For 32-bit Fedora users, use the following command:
sudo yum install -y redhat-lsb gstreamer-plugins-ugly gtk2-engines PackageKit-gtk-module libcanberra-gtk2 libcanberra-gtk3 


Install Real Player
To install Real Player, use the command:
sudo rpm -ivh RealPlayer11GOLD.rpm 


Caution!
Although you could install and run Real Player, please be aware that this is a deprecated product and there will be no security updates. Use at your own risk.

Automation
I've created a script that could detect the rpm file and perform all the pre-installation setup. You can down the file fedora-real-player-install here. Before running the script, you need to download the rpm file and place it on the same place as the script file.

Remember to change the script to execution mode:
chmod +x fedora-real-player-install

To run the script:
sudo ./fedora-real-player-install

Playing Real Media
You should have no problem playing Real media files. Listed below is some common problem when playing Real Player.


Got Audio, No Video
Ensure that the following packages are installed:
sudo yum install gstreamer-plugins-ugly
sudo yum install gstreamer-plugins-ugly.i686
In the Real Player, go to Tools >> Preference >> Hardware and toggle with "Use XVideo". Usually the video works when the XVideo is NOT CHECKED.

Real Player Problem: Got Video, No Audio
Under Tools >> Preference >> Hardware, toggle the setting "Force stereo playback". In some situation, audio works by un-checking "Force stereo playback".
Alternatively, switch ALSA audio driver with OSS driver. 

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