Installing RealPlayer 5.0 in Netscape 4.61 for OS/2
I've got RealPlayer 5.0 working in my copy of Netscape 4.61 for OS/2 as
a plug-in. There are a couple of things I needed to do to make it work. First, I
needed to download the player (RP16_50.EXE) and Video Player for Windows
(WV1160.EXE). Then I needed open a DOS window and run WV1160.EXE in its own
directory. With this done, I had one directory (which must be named with
8.3 compliant names) with RP16-50.EXE in it and one directory with all the
files expanded from WV1160.EXE.
I made sure I had no instance of Netscape running. Next, I went to
the Netscape directory, and created a directory called
Plugins. This is the directory to receive the RealPlayer plugin. Now I opened
a seamless Windows session (WinOS2 window). From File | Run, I selected the
setup.exe from the Video for Windows session, and I ran that. When that was
done, I exit WinOS2.
I opened WinOS2 again, and this time I ran the RP16_50.EXE file. I installed
to an 8.3 compliant directory, and I let the install program
scan to find my browser. It found
Netscape Navigator |#||*F|F_|o|F|||||||. (I hope your browser can render that
name better than I can type it in). Anyway I let it install, and at the end
it reported success installing both RealPlayer and RealPlayer Plugin.
Next, I exit WinOS2. Actually I failed to exit WinOS2, started Netscape,
started listening to Real Audio, and while the audio was playing, I exited
WinOS2, and I experienced a system stop due to Trap E. I strongly
recommend exiting WinOS2 first.
Next, I copied NPRA16.DLL from C:\Netscape\Plugins to
C:\Netscape\Program\Win16\Plugins. I started Netscape, and went to a test
page (http://abcnews.go.com/) and tried the audio session. It worked! The
sound was about AM radio quality, but there were no skips and it did not
crash at all.
OK, there is one glitch. After closing the Real Player audio session,
the CPU is pegged at 100% until Netscape is closed.
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