How to set up SlingPlayer 2.0 on Linux!
This article will get you started watching your Slingbox using Slingplayer 2.0 on your Linux box. We have added some scripts that will help you get started quickly and a video showing you the steps involved.
All feedback welcome but be sure to read the “Know issues” that we are looking into at this time.
You will first need to download and install Wine 1.3
1. Download WINE 1.3 beta from WineHQ ( http://www.winehq.org/download )
Ubuntu users can enter these commands in the terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.3
2. Download and extract these script files.
This will give you 2 scripts:
sling2setup – the script to automatically download SlingPlayer, configure WINE, and install SlingPlayer
slingPlayerLinux – an optional script that AFTER EVERYTHING WORKS you can use to launch SlingPlayer without getting the mscorsvw.exe error and automatically disable Gnome power-management while you’re watching TV so your computer won’t go to screen saver/sleep in the middle of your show
3. Make sling2setup executable, and run it
a. Open a terminal and “cd” to the directory where you extracted sling2setup
b. Run the command “chmod +x sling2setup” to make it executable
c. Execute the script by running “./sling2setup” and follow the directions
4. If you aren’t on your LAN, you MUST first set up SBProfile.xml. If you are on your home network, you can just open SlingPlayer and do this later.
To create/edit SBProfile.xml, you have two options:
b. You can copy a preconfigured SBProfile.xml from another working computer
a. You can download and run my tool to add your SlingBox to SBProfile.xml. It is available in our Downloads area here. http://placeshiftingenthusiasts.com/downloads-available-here/?did=391
The program uses Sun Java, if you need Java you can get it for free at http://www.java.com
This program was originally to be used on Windows, and auto-detect the path to SBProfile.xml on Windows XP, Vista, and 7 but I have updated the app to streamline use on Linux, specifically to make the installation go smoother (it will auto-detect the location of SBProfile.xml in the WINE folder like it does for Windows)
NOTE: The correct location for SBProfile.xml on Linux will be at
~/.wine.slingplayer2/drive_c/users/Public/Application Data/Sling Media/SlingPlayer/2.0/SBProfile.xml
You should NOT use the SBProfile.xml in the HPQP folder.
5. Now you need to open SlingPlayer from the original WINE shortcut at least once to ensure it works.
*Click “Close” on the mscorsvw.exe error
*Click “No” on any script errors (Internet Explorer / Sling Accounts)
6. If it works correctly, you can now use my SlingPlayerLinux script (optional)
Make the script it executable (like we did in step 3) and make a shortcut for your desktop/menu
That’s it you are all set to go.
*Doesn’t let mscorsvw.exe run (so it won’t generate an error)
*Auto-disables Gnome Screensaver & power-saver
*Re-enables Gnome Screensaver & power-saver after you close SlingPlayer
-Sling Account does not work (and any associated features)
-TV Guide does not work (depends on Sling Account)
-Setup/Firmware Update might not work (didn’t try, I’m afraid I’ll break something)
References: WineHQ and all the old comments by other people trying to make this work
Here is a complete video on the setup. You will notice the audio is not in sycn with the Slingplayer video. That is due to my video copying software and not the program itself. The Slingplayer audio and video are completely in sync.
Special thanks to Matt M. for this helpful article. If you would like to contribute an article yourself to be posted on here you can contact us using the tab above.