Unfortunately, all the threads, articles, etc. from the old place went down with the ship. You might be able to pick over the bones using the cached page feature on Google or the Wayback Machine if you have a lot of patience and want to go back all the way to 2008.
Obviously Slinging with Ubuntu isn't supported. I've tried before with WINE and hit a brick wall. Gave up after that.
You might ask around on a general discussion board, I like placeshiftingenthusiasts.com for stuff like that.
Good luck !
Thanks, that's rather dissapointing to hear. I know there were some really good fool-proof noob gudes on there that did get SlingPlayer working on Linux -- I tried it one time a while back, but not all my hardware was linux supported so I moved back to Windows. I was thinking I'd give it another go since Ubuntu 10.04 now supports 100% of my hardware without any fiddling.
I am running Linux only at home. So I had the same problems. It runs now really good with wine.
Here is how to do it :
install wine (i use 1.1.42 from WineHQ on Debian unstable). Also get the winetricks Script by typing :
in a terminal window
I attached the files you need. You can not use the 2.x Versions of the Slingplayer. I am running 184.108.40.206 Version (not included, too big to upload, use google to find it). Starting the App and toggle Fullscreen / back is a little bit slow on my 1Ghz Celeron Dual Core (Sony Vaio Laptop) but the Rest is fine. I also do Firmware Upgrades with this App under Linux.
- before Installing Slingplayer you need to do some small stuff.
1. Run winetricks by typing
in a terminal window. Select gdiplus and wmp7 (Windows Media Player 7) for Install. After installing these packages copy all the files included in the .zip file to /home/<your username>/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32. Replace <your Username> with your Username .
Now we need to register these files by typing this into a terminal window :
wine /home/<your Username>/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/regsvr32.exe /home/<your Username>/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/msxml3.dll
wine /home/<your Username>/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/regsvr32.exe /home/<your Username>/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/dxdiagn.dll
wine /home/<your Username>/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/regsvr32.exe /home/<your Username>/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/quartz.dll
wine /home/<your Username>/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/regsvr32.exe /home/<your Username>/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/qcap.dll
You should get "sucessfully registered" Messages.
into a terminal window.
Under Sound just press on apply for the autodetected settings (may take a second to show up).
Under Libraries select
Edit these Libraries and set them all to native windows.
Now you are ready to install Sling Player Application. Simply doubleclick the Setup and it should go all the way through. After that you have a working Slingplayer.
Hope this helped.
slingplayer_dependancies.zip 2.0 MB
Someone posted a script on PlaceShiftingEnthusiests...SlingPlayer 1.4 works quite well though it's rather laggy -- it's better than nothing.
His Script: http://pastebin.ca/raw/1887992
If that link goes dead, I pasted a copy of the script in a seperate comment on the main article: http://placeshiftingenthusiasts.com/watching-your-slingplayer-on-linux/
Here's the directions using that script:
1. Install WINE and open "winecfg" (Wine Config) -- now is a good time to click "Audio" and "Apply" so you don't forget later.
2. Run the script to set everything up -- just follow directions, click "Next" as needed. If Media Player crashes just un-check "Restart media player" and select "Don't Send" on the error report.
3. Configure SlingPlayer
Once you have SlingPlayer working, you may notice your computer will go to sleep while watching. I found a workaround in Gnome (I'm running Ubuntu Netbook Remix but it should work on any system running Gnome). It sets the appropriate flag to prevent the computer from going idle while SlingPlayer is running, and clears the flag when SlingPlayer is closed. Now it will behave like Windows and your computer will keep running until it reaches critical battery (which hibernates without asking) or until you close SlingPlayer. This is how Windows works.
1. Save the script somewhere (I put it in the .wine directory)
2. Edit the script to reflect the current path of your SlingPlayer application launcher, it should be similar to what I have listed
3. Edit the application launcher (or create a new one) that executes the script instead of SlingPlayer directly
Here's the script:
gnome-screensaver-command -i -n SlingPlayer -r Streaming&
# -- Edit the BELOW line to match the original application launcher command
env WINEPREFIX="~/.wine" wine "C:\Program Files\Sling Media\SlingPlayer\SlingPlayer.exe"
# -- Edit the ABOVE line to match the original application launcher command
Another tip -- I found that the channels don't always change properly as if the first key press is lost or there is severe lag between the 1st/2nd key presses. A workaround I discovered is to decide the channel and then as fast as you can type Space or some other control key to kick-start control mode. So to tune channel 120 I type "Space120Space" and it goes into control mode, shows the current channel, types the numbers, and the last space clicks OK to accept the new channel.
Hope this helps everyone else!
Can you give me any hints to get this working again? What version of WINE? What connection method on SlingPlayer
I get through the install seamlessly but then I always end up with SlingPlayer giving me error 0x80004005 when it tries to connect nomater whether I click my SB on the LAN or enter the IP and port manually.
I know I've seen it work but can't replicate the result
P.S. Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04 works out of the box on the Asus Eee PC 1005HAB I picked up at BestBuy on sale $240...just needed a very minor tweak for volume hotkeys and another minor tweak to get the fancy boot logo to show up.
I'm wondering if you had Wine previously setup for other application(s) before trying trying to get Slingplayer running. It's possible that the steps you did to get them running is interferring with the Slingplayer running. You may consider using the following link (http://www.handlewithlinux.com/node/652) to get an alternate copy of Wine running. That way you try it out with a fresh start.
Nope, I just installed WINE before installing SlingPlayer. All my other programs (including some I thought needed proprietary drivers/software) I found native Linux alternatives in the software sources manager.
The virtual machine I'm testing with is a clean install of Ubuntu with VirtualBox additions as the only other app.
Update: I think I got it -- I'd missed the all-important step of opening the "Audio" tab in winecfg and hitting Apply. Just have to try it on my netbook now...
It's painfully slow so I may experiment with SlingPlayer 1.5 in a virtual machine before committing.
P.S. SlingPlayer 2.0 *almost* works but fails to connect, I'll have to play with that later.
BREAKING NEWS: We finally have a workaround to use SlingPlayer 2.0 in Linux!
Check it out...
The article includes a 15 minute video demo of how to install it, and a sample of it working.
Ok. So an update here for Linux desktops. I have a solution! I stumbled upon this completely by accident and haven't tested it yet because some compiling and patching is involved. If you would like to know the solution, please PM me or message me as I do not think this should be public just yet. For one reason, it's quite beta. Secondly, it's not officially supported by SlingMedia, who seem to not care if a Linux version is ever created.