Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I installed Ubuntu 10.4 onto a pc for an elderly woman. It was supposed to solve the problems she was having with windows, ie: she would constantly remove things, or try to fix problems herself. So I figured that Linux would solve those issues. However, what I didn't take into account was that she watches " " and when using Ubuntu, I can't seem to find a media player to make the files work. I am out of ideas. I tried kplayer, and it worked (sort of). The file that is downloaded from the site when you click the windows media player site one link is, .wax format. Which is an instruction file for windows media player. Is there anything I can do to make these videos work?

share|improve this question

I can't find any files in .wax format. The formats on offer from the site are .wmv and .rm as far as I can see. The videos play fine within firefox if you have vlc and the browser plugin installed as that can handle wmv streams. So install firefox and vlc and then see the note below about installing the plugin:

NOTE: The vlc plugin for 12.04 is browser-plugin-vlc, but as you say you are running 10.04 you will need to install mozilla-plugin-vlc instead.

After installing vlc and the appropriate plugin for your Ubuntu version check firefox > preferences to see if wmv files are associated properly; the screenshot below shows how they now should look (although it might be slightly different and state mozilla plugin in 10.04). If the windows media files are not associated with the plugin simply choose the plugin from the list and associate them.

Now when you click on any video or audio .wmv streaming link from the site the media will start playing within the browser immediately; try single clicking this link or the most recent video link on the site when you read this answer.

enter image description here

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.