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Old 08-20-2008, 12:47 PM   #1
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Question Cannot get videos to stream in Kubuntu


Hi, I am having trouble getting videos to play for me on youtube and such. Also, the weather radar on weather.com does not work either. Multimedia is pretty important to me so I am trying figure out how to get everything running well.

My problem with the vids is that I get a black screen with no sound. The seeker moves as if the video were playing, but I get nothing. It does this everywhere. Maybe I am missing some codecs?

With the weather radar it does not even load. All of this stuff is working fine on my windows partition, but I am trying to go 100% Kubuntu. Actually, since I have Vista and it doesn't let me part all that much for Linux the sooner I get Kubuntu working 100% the better...

Here are the relevant hardware and software stats:

I am running an inspiron 1721 with the latest release of Kubuntu Gutsy

My version of KDE is 3.5.9

My sound card is an SB00X Azalia and appears to be functioning pretty well although I went through hell to get it to play in the first place.

My graphics card is a ATI Radeon X1200 series which believe it or not, actually seems to be working better and producing a crisper look then it does in windows.

libmozjs0d Java package installed and running with current Firefox release.

For flash I have the adobe flash plugin, flasm, all the libflash packages and the swf decoder codecs stand alone and for mozilla.

For movie playing I have Mplayer, Kmplayer with player, base, documentation, and plugins, mencoder, smplayer translations, and xmms mplayer totem player, and totem mozilla player all installed.

I have all the "restricted" packages for java, ms fonts, mp3, etc installed as well.

If there is any other info you need to help me, then just ask.
 
Old 08-20-2008, 06:26 PM   #2
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I am using Kubuntu 8.04.1 and have similar problems. There are a couple of candidates. Sometimes, if you are using Firefox 3, the videos will play in Firefox 2. If you are using the amd64 version of Kubuntu (or *buntu), the lack of a Flash program for that version may be what the issue is. I wish I had installed the 32-bit version as it generally has all of the software versions needed for the full computing experience. If these do not work, perhaps others can shed some light on the issue as I still have some videos that will not play. But FF2 solved most of my YouTube issues.
 
Old 08-20-2008, 10:12 PM   #3
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I am using Kubuntu 8.04.1 and have similar problems. There are a couple of candidates. Sometimes, if you are using Firefox 3, the videos will play in Firefox 2. If you are using the amd64 version of Kubuntu (or *buntu), the lack of a Flash program for that version may be what the issue is. I wish I had installed the 32-bit version as it generally has all of the software versions needed for the full computing experience. If these do not work, perhaps others can shed some light on the issue as I still have some videos that will not play. But FF2 solved most of my YouTube issues.
Yeah, I AM using the 64 bit Kubuntu. It seems unlikely that there isn't any flash program for it though. When I use the package manager then all sorts of stuff comes up for flash. Also, does youtube use flash? I think they use DIVX or something. The vids also do not work in konquerer as well, so if it is a browser issue then both browsers have it.
 
Old 08-21-2008, 08:28 AM   #4
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there are workarounds to get 32 bit software to work in the 64 kubuntu version

i got skype working using...

sudo dpkg --install --force-architecture --force-depends (INSERT SKYPE FILE NAME AND LOCATION)

i found it at....
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Skype

i assume the same approach works for other software... my skype install works great

i forgot how i got flash working better, but i do know that it involved some similar issues. a google search led me to a post about flash not yet being available in 64
 
  


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