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Old 02-16-2009, 04:59 PM   #1
biharibong
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Browser is slow and crashes after Lenny upgrade


I just upgraded from Debian Etch to Lenny. I am currently using the 2.6.26 kernel. Before the upgrade everything was perfectly fine ... so this kinda sucks

I use iceweasel, and it is definitely a little slower between pages. But the main problem occurs when I try to watch video. I use the 'flashplayer-mozilla' package installed using synaptic for flash, and I have the latest mplayer plugins for divx, quicktime etc ...

Regardless of the type of video, the video pauses automatically, and ceases to play even though the rest of the video is still loading. And then trying to go back or 'stumble' to a new video the Iceweasel crashes and I have to 'Force quit'

On starting the browser again, there are times the whole video plays, but anymore videos and it crashes again.


My upgrade process was on synaptic, but there were a bunch of packages that could not be upgraded so as recommended I used
Code:
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
and my sources.list file:
Quote:
# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 r4a _Etch_ - Official i386 NETINST Binary-1 20080804-15:10]/ etch contrib main

deb http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ stable main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ stable main contrib non-free

deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main contrib non-free

deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org/ stable main


#Adding for VirtualBox
#deb http://www.backports.org/debian etch-backports main contrib non-free

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian stable non-free

Last edited by biharibong; 02-16-2009 at 05:02 PM.
 
Old 02-17-2009, 10:21 AM   #2
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Iceweasel has a bug in the startup script. Use /usr/lib/iceweasel/firefox-bin to start iceweasel, and it probably won't crash.
 
Old 02-17-2009, 11:10 AM   #3
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actually the upgrade recommendation was to upgrade the package management system FIRST then use aptitude to do the distribution upgrade

aptitude update
aptitude install apt dpkg aptitude
aptitude full-upgrade


Upgrade aside..



Have you verified your have the current flash installed ?

Code:
it-lenny:~$ apt-cache policy flashplayer-mozilla
flashplayer-mozilla:
  Installed: 1:10.0.15.3-0.1
  Candidate: 1:10.0.15.3-0.1
  Version table:
 *** 1:10.0.15.3-0.1 0
        500 http://www.debian-multimedia.org lenny/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
do you have other plugins/extensions installed in iceweasel ?
Have you tried running iceweasel with a new clean profile, to see if it still crashes ?
 
Old 02-17-2009, 06:17 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by AwesomeMachine View Post
Iceweasel has a bug in the startup script. Use /usr/lib/iceweasel/firefox-bin to start iceweasel, and it probably won't crash.
I did that and it didn't work. But now my original firefox is missing everything. How do I undo?
 
Old 02-17-2009, 06:43 PM   #5
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This is what is returned:

Quote:
saurabh /usr/lib/iceweasel $ apt-cache policy flashplayer-mozilla
flashplayer-mozilla:
Installed: 1:10.0.15.3-0.1
Candidate: 1:10.0.15.3-0.1
Version table:
*** 1:10.0.15.3-0.1 0
500 ftp://ftp.debian-multimedia.org lenny/main Packages
100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
I do have other plugins installed. And I have not tried to start iceweasel with a new profile. I don't know how to. I will try and figure that out. For now, I've listed all my plugins:

Quote:
Java(TM) Plug-in 1.6.0_11-b03
File name: libjavaplugin_oji.so
Java(TM) Plug-in 1.6.0_1

DivX Browser Plug-In
File name: mplayerplug-in-dvx.so
mplayerplug-in 3.5

Shockwave Flash
File name: libflashplayer.so
Shockwave Flash 10.0 r15
The divx browser plug-in does not work either

I did find the same instructions for update to lenny and I have performed them as well. Along with adding 'non-free' to my multimedia repo

Quote:
aptitude update
aptitude install apt dpkg aptitude
aptitude full-upgrade
Now along with the video, my sound does not work either. This was the case for vlc as well. But I got the video to work on vlc only by:

Quote:
#: apt-get install libavcodec51=0.svn20080206-17 libavformat52=0.svn20080206-17
and then adding lines to /etc/apt/preferences

Quote:
Package: libavcodec51
Pin: version 0.svn20080206-17
Pin-Priority: 900

Package: libavformat52
Pin: version 0.svn20080206-17
Pin-Priority: 900
and then running command

Quote:
rm -rf ~/.vlc
For sound I found instructions to run 'alsaconf'. Which works temporarily.

There has to be a connection between the sound not working and the video streams not working. Since like the video streams the sound stops working abruptly. The only difference is that on playing more videos the sound does not work at all. But if I run 'alsaconf' again, the sound works again ... temporarily

Last edited by biharibong; 02-17-2009 at 06:46 PM.
 
Old 02-18-2009, 08:15 AM   #6
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http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_Manager

iceweasel -profilemanager

create a new profile, then run iceweasel with the new profile to see if your issue might go away..
 
Old 02-18-2009, 11:21 AM   #7
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Hi farslayer .... I decided to go with doing a fresh install. I found too many links stating how problematic an update can be. As for the fresh update everything seems to be running perfectly. They definitely fixed a lot of things. I don't have the initial compatibility problems I had with etch anymore. Thanks anyways.

Is there a set way to do an upgrade?
 
Old 02-18-2009, 03:27 PM   #8
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Best way to do an upgrade is to read the release notes first.. as things progress some of the commands change, and the recommended method changes, this will all be in the release notes for the new distro.

http://www.debian.org/releases/lenny/releasenotes

http://www.debian.org/releases/lenny...rading.en.html
 
  


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