Installing the player works fine and without issue. After the installation it is required to download and install Gecko as it requests.
Audio works great. I found that the ALSA driver produces the best sound quality. Video and Visualizations work fairly well, but with a slight delay in audio production at first. After the delay, they play on like normal.
What does not
Playing/Burning Audio CD's. One can force RealOne to use either ACPI, Generic, or an SCSI setup to try and use the drive, but it didn't seem to make a difference. At least, I couldn't check since my DVD-ROM drive locks itself until the computer restarts so....I really don't know. (I didn't restart my computer so I could insert another CD into it). If you have two disc drives (like CD's or DVD's), then only one will be read properly.
Clicking on and selecting specific items in the library. It's possible to choose, but you have to select by going to the Library and scrolling up and down with the keyboard through the options. Scanning for media works also.
UPDATE! I'm not sure why, but after enough times running the program, the problem went away. If it doesn't work for you, then read the note further down this page.
What was not tested
Gecko crashed upon installation. It keeps doing so for everything else for me so it may be okay for others.
Reasons this program I rate as Gold and not Platinum or Silver. -The program runs like normal, laggy, but normal (minus the unsupported features and lack of internet related features). -It runs without special configuration straight out of the box.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Sep 30 2008||1.1.5||Yes||Yes||Gold||Justin Soulia|
|Show||Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Aug 28 2008||1.1.3||Yes||Yes||Gold||Justin Soulia|
|Show||Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Apr 15 2008||0.9.59.||Yes||Yes||Gold||Justin Soulia|
|Current||Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Mar 08 2008||0.9.57.||Yes||Yes||Gold||Justin Soulia|
These Installation Instructions are valid for all versions of WINE 0.9.56+
Download the installer, then go into the Wine Configuration Panel and set the installer for Windows 98 mode.
Install the program as normal, then cancel the Gecko installation if you don't already have it installed. The window that pops up will crash. However, when all instances of the program are killed in your task manager, start the program and install Gecko if it asks, and it will run without issue.
Add your CD-ROM drives to Wine's list of drives, for starters. After that, go into the RealOne settings and in the CD Preferences section there should be an "Advanced" option tab. Click that, and change the CD-ROM drive support to "Generic", and press Ok, then OK the settings menu and exit the program normally, and restart Wine. After that, it *should* detect any mounted audio CD's and let you play them or rip them. Ripping CD's sometimes fails, and sometimes results in a freeze of the system altogether, but it works. I haven't tested CD-Burning on recent versions of Wine so I'm not certain in that aspect..
DVD's might work if you have the appropriate drive and RealOne detects it.
When the program installs, the shortcuts for Uninstalling WINE Software and Wine Configuration disappear and are replaced by the RealOne Program Launcher shortcut. In Kubuntu/Ubuntu, the shortcuts will reappear under a Lost & Found area of the Applications list, but users of other distros may not be as lucky (not sure if other distros have that feature). It'd be advisable to memorize the terminal commands for WINE to access these features. To access WINE Configuration, you go to a terminal and type in winecfg.
This applies to all WINE versions under 0.9.56
The program will occassionally lock up when burning CD's. It's okay, it will eventually get past the song and continue, but it takes a while, and it thrashes the song that it hits a slow down on. Every song after the lock up should be fine.
Also, it tells you the wrong capacity for the CD. The average CD can burn up to 700mb of data, NOT 800mb! Limit yourself when burning CD's because the program will not.