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Install A-Desk 0.17 On Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat”

a-desk is a script to use video files as a wallpaper. To use this script you need to have Zenity, Mplayer, unrar and rar installed on your system.





To install Zenity and MPlayer open a Terminal window (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal) and copy+paste the following line:

sudo apt-get install zenity mplayer unrar rar

When installed download a-desk 0.17 HERE (the file size is about 9.3MB) and extract it to a location you want. When extracted open the adesk-0.17 folder and install xwinwrapcvs.deb or xwinwrap64.deb (depending on your system) by double clicking one of the files. Then run the a-desk.installer file by double clicking on it. Now choose the language and system (32 or 64 bit) of a-desk you want to install. When installed you can start a-desk with a right mouse click on your Desktop then select Scripts -> a-desk. Here you can either select the default animated background (The Atomic City) or select your own video file.

I didn’t have to install xwinwrap, zenity and mplayer because it’s already installed in my system so that’s why i didn’t show the installation process in the video 🙂

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francis
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francis

I followed all the instructions, and the installation went fine, but there when I right click on my desktop there is no script…

yus
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yus

works on 10.10.. nice 1!

feer
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feer

i follow the steps in about 8- percent of them.. untill the part that i have to double click on the a-desk installer format.. i cant install it because whe i double click it it will opened as a text editor… and it shws the weird symbols and stuffs… please help me =(

marco
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marco

I do all the steps perfectly, open it, but nothing plays, though i am using ubuntu 11.04 🙁

RHES
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RHES

Just a note for everyone – I noticed that video files only play for me when the filename has NO SPACES in it. When I have spaces, they refuse to play. I also cannot play videos on a mounted drive, only locally. Good luck everyone.