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How to fix Parole’s “Gstreamer backend error” in Fedora 20

I wrote this how to after receiving comments from Rudolf and Pavlo on my earlier how to regarding this issue.

If you get this screen:


All you have to do is fire up Terminal and type:

parole --xv false


There might not be much screen activity after you have typed this command, but trust me Parole will work now  photo nodding.gif

When typing the command above,  it is very important that you are NOT logged in as root!!!! If you are, you will get this error message:


If this how to doesn’t work, check this one!

(Remember, you can always do the cliccie for a larger piccie  photo puh2.gif)


How to fix Parole’s “GStreamer backend error” in Xubuntu

Well yesterday, I installed Xubuntu on my new netbook and I made a mistake a BIG one  photo piangry.gif I removed parole and installed vlc, only to find out vlc is painstakingly slow to start and plays videos slow and choppy. After googling around messing with vlc’s settings I gave up and I decided to reinstall parole. When trying to play a vid, I was greeted by this error message  photo emo.gif

paroleerrorNo worries  photo puh2.gif I managed to fix it and I am sharing my solution with you guys.

First make sure you are logged in as root, you do this by typing:

sudo su


After you have typed your password, let’s find the folder in which parole is installed. Type:

whereis parole


As you can see parole is installed in /usr/share/parole. Well, let’s move to this folder then. Type:

cd /usr/share/parole


We are now “inside” parole, let’s fix it. Type:

parole --xv false


There might not be much screen activity after you have typed this command, but if you open parole now, it will work  photo vork.gif

(Remember, you always do the cliccie for a larger piccie!)

Edit 13/03/2014:

For quite some time I had the feeling that this “How to” became obsolete…. Rudolph was kind enough to confirm my suspicions, this is how he solved the problem:

I run Linux Mint 14 Nadia and decided to try XFCE and of course Parole media player. I tried your instructions as Root and it failed. Simple solution was to issue command “parole –xv false” at the Terminal default Home directory prompt $ as an ordinary user NOT as Root in the Parole directory. Parole now works perfectly. This might help Ubuntu / Xbuntu users as well because as Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu. Thank you for sharing your tips above because I would not have succeeded without your help.

With Rudolf’s  photo thumbsup.gif comment in mind, I made a new “How to” you can check it here.