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Old 06-20-2009, 09:38 PM   #1
rilesywilesy
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My flash plugin is scrambled across the screen, and my sound doesn't work.


I have consulted the forums alot, so far haven't found anything that worked for me.

First, the flash:

When i first installed, I had to get the latest adobe flash. So I got the latest version and did everything the forums said to do, and I had to cd the adobe .so file into my mozilla plugins folder through root because it wouldn't allow me to do it under my normal user. Anyway, now flash works...in a manner of speaking. When I say in a manner of speaking, what I mean is not really; something is happening, but it's not what is supposed to be happening. Rather than, for instance, a youtube video being sort of in it's place in the little box, it is spread out across the screen in little cigar-shaped squares, as if it has been cut up into pieces and spread evenly horizontally across the screen. And then, when I close it, they stay there on my desktop background, until, oddly enough, I make my curser drag a square across them, which has a sort of erasing effect. I didn't see anything remotely like this in the forums, so uhhhh...any help? Like I said I did basically all the troubleshooting stuff for the flashplayer that I could find just from surfing the forums from google searches.

Also, my sound doesn't work. I just switched to fedora from ubuntu, and with ubuntu I had this same problem, except the thing that solved the problem then (fiddling around with the switches in pulseaudio) is not fixing my problem here. I've done all the usual things, like make sure nothing is muted, messed with the switches, restarted, etc etc. It says that my sound is working, on the screen in the volume control everything APPEARS to be running smoothly, but there is simply no sound issuing from the speakers (or the headphones).

Alright you brilliant fedora geniuses out there, help this dumb point-and-click windows user figure this crap out.
 
Old 06-22-2009, 02:30 AM   #2
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rilesywilesy View Post
I have consulted the forums alot, so far haven't found anything that worked for me.

First, the flash:

Rather than, for instance, a youtube video being sort of in it's place in the little box, it is spread out across the screen in little cigar-shaped squares, as if it has been cut up into pieces and spread evenly horizontally across the screen. And then, when I close it, they stay there on my desktop background, until, oddly enough, I make my curser drag a square across them, which has a sort of erasing effect. I didn't see anything remotely like this in the forums, so uhhhh...any help? Like I said I did basically all the troubleshooting stuff for the flashplayer that I could find just from surfing the forums from google searches.
This sounds a LOT as if you have bad video hardware. What kind of video card are you using? Did you load the drivers for the particular card? I once had a vaguely similar problem with an older Nvidia card, installing the latest Linux driver mitigated the problem to a great extent. But it still sounds as if you might have video hardware that is on the way out. I. e. not something Linux fault or that you can fix via software.

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Also, my sound doesn't work. I just switched to fedora from ubuntu, and with ubuntu I had this same problem, except the thing that solved the problem then (fiddling around with the switches in pulseaudio) is not fixing my problem here. I've done all the usual things, like make sure nothing is muted, messed with the switches, restarted, etc etc. It says that my sound is working, on the screen in the volume control everything APPEARS to be running smoothly, but there is simply no sound issuing from the speakers (or the headphones).
There are some problems with Fedora 11's pulseaudio server with soundcards by Creative Labs. What type / model of soundcard are you using?

You can also try switching pulseaudio off completely, and using ALSA only.

Try the following for Fedora 11, as root. They fixed my silent Fedora 11 install - I have a SBLive 5.1 PCI sound card. (Note these are for the STOCK install! If you have gotten updates from the Fedora online update service, some of these steps might make the situation worse / break stuff)

Code:
1. Go to /etc/alsa - cd /etc/alsa
2. Rename the file pulse-default.conf to pulse-default.conf.bak - mv pulse-default.conf pulse-default.conf.bak
3. Do killall pulseaudio (put this line in /etc/rc.local, since the system will restart pulseaudio each time it is booted, and killing it from /etc/rc.local will keep it "killed")
Now, if you run alsamixer you should have the complete ALSA mixer back, instead of the single PulseAudio volume bar that was pretty useless anyway.

Note that, at least on my Fedora 11 system, doing the above got sound working in Firefox, and I could watch youtube videos with sound after doing this.

Ok, now you'll probably have ALSA support, but many Linux apps expect OSS (i. e. /dev/dsp must exist) - to get OSS going do:

Code:
1. Become root and do 

cd  /etc/modprobe.d

2. Edit the file and uncomment the bottommost line of dist-oss-conf :

vi dist-oss-conf

Move down with the arrows till you are at the start of the bottom line, then press A. Press delete to remove the # character at the start of the line. Press Escape. Press colon : and the letters wq to write the file.

3. Reboot the system.
You -should- now have sound in most places in your distro.

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Alright you brilliant fedora geniuses out there, help this dumb point-and-click windows user figure this crap out.
There are dumb users yes - those who don't ask! You asked, so you aren't dumb.

Try the above and post again if you have further questions or problems.

Kind regards,
 
Old 06-22-2009, 09:38 AM   #3
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Flash Video has always worked, including with linux ubuntu. It only happened after I got on fedora and installed adobe.

Hope this tells you something about my hardware:

[riley@Shpongle ~]$ su
Password:
[root@Shpongle riley]# hwconfig
bash: hwconfig: command not found
[root@Shpongle riley]# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller (rev 02)
00:00.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller (rev 02)
00:00.3 System peripheral: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller (rev 02)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device (rev 02)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 83)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 03)
02:07.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 Cardbus Controller
02:07.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
02:07.3 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments PCIxx21 Integrated FlashMedia Controller
02:08.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02)
02:09.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection (rev 05)
[root@Shpongle riley]# exit
exit

I have installed updates, so I'm afraid to do what you said there.
I currently am using only alsamixer (which I didn't even realize) it is a 82801DB-ICH4 (Intel) or at least I think so.
Ummmm I think I may have messed up. I entered as root
cd /etc/modprobe.d
which presented me with a new command line, same as the old except with modprobe.d in front of it, then
vi dist-oss-conf
which gave me this:
~
~
~
~
~
~
~
~
~
~
~
~
~
~
~
~
~
~
~
~
~
~
-- NEW FILE --

Somehow I don't think that's what was supposed to happen...

What next?
 
Old 06-22-2009, 03:36 PM   #4
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Nevermind, I just reinstalled ubuntu. I had zero luck with fedora, for some reason, it was nothing but trouble since the moment I installed it. To each their own.
 
Old 06-23-2009, 05:47 AM   #5
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Ok... interesting though. I had -exactly- the same experience with Ubuntu, only reversed - i. e. Ubuntu was a load of trouble from the first moment, Fedora just... worked....

Tee hee hee, to each his own is accurate in this case.

Anyway, regards and take care.
 
  


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