I am new user and i installed Ubuntu 12.04 with dual booting. As I played a song its not working asking a MPEG1 to install for the song. Is there any alternative to play the song without installation. I searched the sites and i found to install

sudo apt-get install Ubuntu-restricted-extras

I have connected INTERNET from android mobile through tethering. I can access internet but it is very slow in downloading. I am trying from software center but its taking lot of time to install. Please help me to download the package via terminal and to download faster.


Since you are trying to play an MPEG file, You can play it with installing gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg which is much smaller in size as compared to ubuntu-restricted-extras (with all it's dependencies, which is 67.0 MB in total size).
So you might want to install it without using the big metapackage (ubuntu-restricted-extras includes all codecs and flash).

Install it by clicking on the button:

Install via the software center

Or open a terminal and use this command:

sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg

It is about 8,342 kB in size

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    A.S. is right. My only caveat to add to that is you may be better off finding a way to install the restricted extras package simply because you will find similar issues later when you try to play other media formats. Better to solve it all at once I say! – LinuxPCplus Oct 15 '12 at 6:15
  • @LinuxPCplus thanks. I was dealing with the specific case. Your comment was helpful – Anwar Oct 15 '12 at 6:17

As far as I am aware, there is no way to play these without the restricted extras. This is because Ubuntu cannot install these proprietary drivers by default. From my own experience, I know tethering is often way to slow for such tasks. If you do not have a home network, I suggest finding a pyblic wifi. Most libraries & hospitals have one. As do many fast food restaraunts.

  • Thank you,I will find alternative to speed up the INTERNET.As you said i will find wifi or i will find to connect 3g net from this. – Avinash Oct 15 '12 at 6:08

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