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mplayer: relocation error: mplayer: symbol ff_codec_bmp_tags, version LIBAVFORMAT_53 not defined in file libavformat.so.53 with link time reference

Whenever I try and sue mplayer it says:

mplayer: relocation error: mplayer: symbol ff_codec_bmp_tags, version LIBAVFORMAT_53 not defined in file libavformat.so.53 with link time reference

What do I do to fix this?

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Looks to me like the file you're trying to play isn't in that directory. The closest thing is 'DrunkTank-DrunkTank42734.mp3.part'. –  bessman Feb 26 '12 at 17:10
    
@Carborundum I tried doing it on a file that does not have a 'part' and the end and it stll said the same thing. –  jaorizabal Feb 26 '12 at 19:27
    
what is the terminal output if you try this command: "sudo mplayer ~/Music/Rooster_Teeth_Podcast_151.mp3" –  v2r Feb 26 '12 at 23:00
    
@v2r mplayer: relocation error: mplayer: symbol ff_codec_bmp_tags, version LIBAVFORMAT_53 not defined in file libavformat.so.53 with link time reference –  jaorizabal Feb 27 '12 at 1:23
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That looks like a broken mplayer. It doesn't match the libav/ffmpeg installed. Where did you get your mplayer from? Was it the one shipped with Ubuntu? Output of dpkg -l 'libavformat*' and dpkg -l mplayer please. –  tumbleweed Mar 14 '12 at 7:53
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I was having the same problem on 11.10 and here's what solved my problem.

I updated my version installed from the Ubuntu Software Center with the latest build found on the mplayer daily build site (I thought I'd take the risk since it wasn't working anyway).

I added the repository manually in a terminal like this:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:motumedia/mplayer-daily

then update the versions available

sudo apt-get update

Then I went to the Update Manager GUI (it's in the same menu as where you can shut down your system and is called "Software Up to Date") and selected all the available updates from this source (mplayer-daily).

After that, mplayer worked fine again for me.

This might not be the best way to install updates, I really don't know because I'm pretty much a newbie to Ubuntu, but at least it worked.

Hope this helps someone.

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