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Old 03-15-2007, 05:22 PM   #1
nohaironheed
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Problems playing streamed media.


OK so I thought I'd got this all working, no such luck.

Recently installed Ubuntu 6.10. Installed win32 codecs, Real Player 10, Adobe Flash player through add/remove program, I also installed EasyUbuntu and activated the codecs in that too. At the moment I can play embedded Windows Media, Flash Media and some Real Media (ie www.NFL.com) however I can't play Real Media in www.BBC.co.uk or indeed on the RealPlayer site itself, although that does state that the new Linux version is still under construction. I also cant play most of the channels on www.channelchooser.com. Why not??!!!

I've also tried opening the URLs in Mplayer and Kaffiene, but with no luck.

Could it be that these sites just don't support Linux or is there something I'm not doing? Although I'm new to Linux I've read plenty of "how to's" and I'm sure I've done what I should have. Am I missing something?

Also, could someone tell me how to change my default media player in Firefox.

Thank in advance.
 
Old 03-15-2007, 06:01 PM   #2
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what errors does MPlayer give you for the urls? Specifically in the sections relating to video decoders. This would be of great help as it would tell you of any missing codecs. Also are you using a 32 or 64bit OS? (Because the win32codecs package won't work in 64bit w/o a 32bit media player)
 
Old 03-15-2007, 06:45 PM   #3
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The version of Ubuntu 6.10 I'm using is "Standard personal computer (x86 architecture, PentiumTM, CeleronTM, AthlonTM, SempronTM)".

The Error message that comes up in Mplayer says "Couldn't resolve name for AF_INET6: news.bbc.co.uk" (or whatever the URL I try opening).

On some streams I get the following message:
"Totem could not play 'file:///home/andrew/.mozilla/firefox/tpcc63yz.default/Cache/BEC0FFC8d01'.
Only a subtitle stream was detected. Either you are loading a subtitle file or some other type of text file, or the media file was not recognized."

Most streams dont bring up a message, they're just blank white squares where the media should be.
 
Old 03-16-2007, 05:52 AM   #4
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Hi nohair,

I don't know what is causing your problem, I'm also new to linux/ubuntu, but I'm having a similiar problem at my work place. We have ubuntu installed on our computers and we use internet radio to soothe our clients, and several times a day our computers stop transmitting radio, freeze up, and the only thing we can do is press & hold the power button to shutdown and start all over.

PS, I like your handle.
 
Old 03-16-2007, 07:46 AM   #5
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Problems playing streamed media.

Same thing here. Up until recently I was using Mozilla suite on Kubuntu 6.10, I tried to upgrade to Feisty using Adept, but it got mangled up so I did a clean install back to 6.10 but this time using Firefox and Thunderbird.
I have installed RealPlayer 10 and as above have just plain white squares were the video and other things should be, It however plays perfectly well using the "Stand Alone Player" option.

diddy
 
Old 03-22-2007, 01:20 PM   #6
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At least once a day, our internet radio being channelled through firefox goes whacky and starts playing really loud to the point of total distortion, or completely shuts down, or oscillates between the two extremes. And sometimes, when the sun is shining, it makes strange noises like the demon-possessed little girl from The Exorcist.
 
Old 03-22-2007, 08:51 PM   #7
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I went to the sites in your post and can get access to all the media --no problem. Realplayer starts right up and I can watch the channelchooser site too.However I'm running pure Debian etch, not Ubuntu. I'm not trying to sound smug, but I have hardly ever run into a problem playing media with Debian.
To be more constructive, check that you have the right mozilla plug ins installed, for instance it's not much use trying to use totem to play embedded media if you don't have totem-mozilla ( but do have mplayer-mozilla but don't have mplayer)Do you understand?
Sometimes the files will open with the wrong player if you don't have the file associations set correctly in your preferences.
in KDE this is done fairly easily ( I don't mess around with Gnome too much) Control center/Kde components/file associations. There's sure to be an equivalent place in Gnome. So if you have the totem player for media (and the w32 codecs) then make sure you have totem-mozilla, and have it set in your file associations as first in the list.One last thing I have mozplugger installed--easily found in synaptic.Plus all the flash and java packages too.Hope that some of this helps!
 
Old 03-22-2007, 08:53 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 5fingerdiscount
At least once a day, our internet radio being channelled through firefox goes whacky and starts playing really loud to the point of total distortion, or completely shuts down, or oscillates between the two extremes. And sometimes, when the sun is shining, it makes strange noises like the demon-possessed little girl from The Exorcist.
You should try streamtuner for your internet radio ( and streamripper if you want to save the music to your drive)
 
  


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