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Old 10-25-2004, 03:17 PM   #1
chumley115
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No sound or animation in Firefox or Thunderbird


Sound working great in FD 2 using an old dell with PII 55 mHz processor except for Thunderbird and Firefox and I cannot get any sound to work with either one. When a new mail comes in to Thunderbird I have it set to play a custom wav file and all I get is a second of static. Outside of Thunderbird, the wav file works perfectly. Within Firefox I can't get any sound or animation or video and it says that I don't have the needed plugins and then asks me to install them and when I try to do that, the message is that there aren't any found.
This must be a Thunderbird/Firefox problem, but I can't find anything there to make the fix.

Thanks.
 
Old 10-25-2004, 05:42 PM   #2
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Go here: http://plugindoc.mozdev.org/linux.html

Has list of different plugins available for firefox/mozilla (ie. flash, mplayer, realplayer, etc.)
 
Old 11-08-2004, 03:30 PM   #3
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I have "installed" several of the plugins listed above and even tho I have followed the instructions to the letter, they still do not install. Java, mplayer, shockwave, and the other one by marcromedia (I can't think of its name right now.
In Thunderbird, I have a custom wav file play when new mail arrives, but all I get is a second of static. The file plays in xmms ok, but not within Thunderbird. I had the same problem when I was using Mozilla. Since Thunderbird is a Mozilla baby, the problem must be related.
 
Old 11-19-2004, 11:06 AM   #4
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Same issue here. Running Debian with firefox 1.0 and thunderbird 0.8. I get one second of static sound from thunderbird. I've tested the wav through other players sounds great. I've set my system sound to play through realplayer ie; kmail, this worked but I want to use thunderbird. Anyone have a clue. Thx in advance.
 
Old 11-19-2004, 11:51 AM   #5
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I have no trouble with the custom sound for notification in Thunderbird--I have alsa and esd run at boot time.

As for Firebird, RealPlayer (or whatever they're calling it this week) works fine generally; the Firefox help pages have instructions for installing that plugin and many others including Java.

I have had numerous times that I've had to run alsactl to reset alsa in order for sound to work in Firefox, though.
 
Old 11-19-2004, 12:17 PM   #6
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Sorry if I was a little vague in that post... Firefox works fine it is just the thunderbird custom wav mail notification that isn't working. thx though.
 
Old 11-19-2004, 12:29 PM   #7
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Chumley115, I don't think it's a problem with Thunderbird nor a problem with Mandrake 9.2 per se, since I was using Thunderbird with 9.2 and the sound worked OK, and it also works OK with Thunderbird under Mdk 10.1.

Have you tried (as root) issuing

Code:
alsactl restore
and then testing the Thunderbird custom sound again?

That second of static you're hearing puzzles me, though.
 
Old 11-19-2004, 12:39 PM   #8
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"alsactl restore" is a sound system settings restore command (Global). My issues are with thunderbird exclusively. Sound works perfectly throughout all other apps, including Firefox. I'm missing some kind of configuration setting or speed adjustment.

It could be some config with alsa that needs tweaking but what is beyond me.


Puzzled. thx again.
 
Old 11-19-2004, 12:51 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by superbike1300
"alsactl restore" is a sound system settings restore command (Global). My issues are with thunderbird exclusively. Sound works perfectly throughout all other apps, including Firefox. I'm missing some kind of configuration setting or speed adjustment.

It could be some config with alsa that needs tweaking but what is beyond me.


Puzzled. thx again.
Yeah, I doubt that alsactl would solve it, but the reason I suggested it is that several times after I've, say, played a Real Audio presentation in Firefox, the mail notification would quit working in Thunderbird till I did alsactl restore.

And vice-versa, sometimes sound wouldn't work in Firefox till I did alsactl restore.

It can be an issue with esd, as well. I have had esd quit running for no discernible reason; simply issuing "esd" fixed the sound.

If you're using Real Player (or, as I say, whatever they call it currently), you might want to check your preferences in it, and make sure that esd is selected if you're using esd on your system. Otherwise, I believe the option is Linux native.

I don't think I have Real stuff installed right now--I get disgusted with it pretty quick and this last time I installed 10.1, I think I just let it go. So I can't readily check.
 
Old 11-19-2004, 01:10 PM   #10
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A suggestion made with reservations: visit www.mozillazine.org and place a question in the Thunderbird forums section.

My reservation: I have rarely seen so many outright unfriendly, snobbish, defensive, downright hostile responses in any forum anywhere, as on Mozillazine. If LinuxQuestions responses were like some--MANY--of those, I would never visit here.

So with that warning--you MIGHT get an answer. And it MIGHT be helpful.
 
Old 11-19-2004, 01:32 PM   #11
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I hope I wasn't being hostle with anyone. I'm just trying to help others and myself resolve this issue.

By the way I'm using oss not alsa so I don't know where that leaves us.
 
Old 11-19-2004, 01:44 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally posted by superbike1300
I hope I wasn't being hostle with anyone. I'm just trying to help others and myself resolve this issue.

By the way I'm using oss not alsa so I don't know where that leaves us.
No--I meant some of the "know-it-all" posters at that other forum I mentioned are hostile and offensive. Not here--not often anyway. And not you! Sorry if you even thought that.

With oss, I think there's a setting in Real Whatever, also--I dont' recall for sure. In the preferences panel there are
various tabs and on the one that includes esd there are two or three other possibilities for Linux given.

Hmm. I don't know what to suggest at this point. I'm sure this can be solved.
 
Old 11-19-2004, 01:49 PM   #13
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Here's a clearly written and informative article that might be helpful:

http://applications.linux.com/applic...&tid=49&tid=47
 
Old 11-19-2004, 01:51 PM   #14
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just configured kmail and did some test mailing to another account. Kmail uses the system setting fine plays the wav perfect. I'll check throughout RealPlayer for anything. thx
 
Old 11-19-2004, 02:01 PM   #15
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Let me clarify one more time, so were not waisting time.
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Here's a clearly written and informative article that might be helpful:

http://applications.linux.com/appli...d=49&tid=47
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Excellent article, by the way.

My system sound is working perfectly all aspect, all players, browsers, etc. My problem is when I configure custom sound in Thunderbird it gives me a one second static beltch. If I use the default setting which is the system beep it is clear.

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