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Old 01-05-2006, 09:42 PM   #1
BrianEWilliams
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Firefox, Flash, and 2 CD-ROMs Under Slack 10.2


I keep installing the Flash 7 plugin, and everytime I restart, I have to reinstall it. This is for Firefox 1.5 and Slackware 10.2 running under KDE. Very annoying, since I am trying to build a game computer for my boys. Any thoughts on this? The only way I seem to be able to start Firefox is to click on a script file, and I think this might be resetting things. As an XP refugee, I thought I'd just click on the binary, but that doesn't seem to do anything.

Also, can't seem to have two CD-ROM's on the same IDE cable. Haven't tried it any other way, but is it possible to have two CD-ROMs under Slackware? The one on master works fine, and both are apparently detected on the boot up sequence. I suppose I should try switching the master and slave, but I am whipped, and that will have to wait until tomorrow. I have two hard drives (XP and Slack) on the other IDE cable if that matters.

Three days ago, I knew nothing about Linux and Apache. Now I know next to nothing. It's a good feeling. Hope to get to the point that I can contribute here. Reading the posts has really been helpful, but the search function seems to hang frequently. Not sure if that is my issue or the website's.
 
Old 01-05-2006, 10:27 PM   #2
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Bunch of stuff in that question/statement....lol
  1. Welcome to Slackware. I beleive you have picked the best distro. But, for games.....Can be done, but be prepared for rolling up your sleeves.
  2. 2 cd drives= no problem. usually (with 2 HDD on primary ide, and 2 CD on ide 2) your two cdrom drives would/SHOULD be hdc and hdd. Try this:
    Code:
    mkdir /cd2
    Then:
    Code:
      mount -t iso9660 /dev/hdd1 /cd2
    That may get your cd2 to be seen. Access it in /cd2
  3. Firefox 1.5 Did you install it from the packes/current from slackware.org? I've found that if you do it that way, when you click on the existing,original firefox icon, it will load 1.5, and things like flash will work correctly
Again, Welcome!

But remember that Slackware/linux/GNU is a totally different world from Windows.
One hint: If posting, try to put your hardware specs in too....Can make answers alot easier, especially since you'll be doing gaming, and things like video are very important.

Good luck

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Old 01-06-2006, 10:54 AM   #3
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Thanks for the tips. The first try on the CD-ROM issue didn't work, but how fun would that be if it did, right? At least I know there is no fundamental reason why I can't get it to work.

From within KDE 3.4, I picked Run Command with the option to run it in a separate terminal window. The first command went into the ether with no response. The second command understandably bombed out because the second CD-ROM hadn't been defined.

Not sure what you mean by your Firefox tip, but I'll figure it out.

My 2.99 year old is just doing sesamestreet.com flash based games on an old Pentium, so hardware isn't an issue right now, but that's no excuse, so I'll put a signature together shortly.

Thanks again.
 
Old 01-06-2006, 11:05 AM   #4
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Quote:
Firefox 1.5 Did you install it from the packes/current from slackware.org?
Sorry. I was typing on lack of sleep. meant to type "packages/current"

Slackware.org has all the official packages for slackware. Go to 'packages' and search for "Firefox 1.5". Download it, get a commandline terminal opened in the directory you downloaded it to, and type 'pkgtool'. It will install it for you.

And enjoy the kid. As far as I'm concerned, they are WAY more important than computers or anything else. (I have three of my own....lol)
 
Old 01-06-2006, 09:07 PM   #5
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Maybe I'm an idiot, but when I go to that site, and then go to the packages link, I get to a page that basically has announcements on it.

I searched the text of the page for Firefox, nothing. I didn't see any search functionality, but my eyes are old and tired, so maybe I missed it.
 
Old 01-06-2006, 10:26 PM   #6
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Keep following the packages link on the left
 
Old 01-08-2006, 09:08 AM   #7
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Thanks. I could have sworn I checked that link, but apparently not. Bad news is that it didn't fix my problem with Flash unloading after each restart of KDE 3.4.

I think in order to save my marriage, I need to put this problem on the back burner, and little Brian will have to play his browser=based flash games on Windows 98 SE. Seems like a reasonable compromise.

I'll be back.
 
Old 01-09-2006, 12:08 AM   #8
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How you set flash plugin?
Just extract the package, run install script as root, when it ask you instalation path direct it to firefox instalation directory (i forgot the path on 10.2, maybe /usr/lib/firefox , i use 10.1 on my work).
 
Old 01-09-2006, 12:24 AM   #9
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Let me solve your cd-rom woes.

I am going to guess that:

1) you installed slackware from a cd
2) That cd was placed in your master cd-rom drive
3) that if you were to look in /etc/fstab, you would see an entry for 1, and only 1, cd-rom drive

I can't remeber the defaults for /etc/fstab, but I'll wager that you have a line kinda like:

Code:
/dev/hdc  /mnt/cdrom  auto  users,exec,noauto  0 0
Whatever that is, copy it on the next line. Change "/dev/hdc" to "/dev/hdd" (best guess given the info) and change "/mnt/cdrom" to"/mnt/cdrom2". Now, save that and (as root) "mkdir /mnt/cdrom2"

reboot.

Working now?
 
Old 06-06-2006, 06:39 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shilo
Let me solve your cd-rom woes.
Sorry for the very long delay in replying, but here is what my /etc/fstab file looks like:

Code:
/dev/hda2        swap             swap        defaults         0   0
/dev/hda1        /                reiserfs    defaults         1   1
/dev/hda3        /usr/local       reiserfs    defaults         1   2
/dev/cdrom       /mnt/cdrom       auto        noauto,owner,ro  0   0
/dev/cdrom       /mnt/cdrom       auto        noauto,owner,ro  0   0
/dev/fd0         /mnt/floppy      auto        noauto,owner     0   0
devpts           /dev/pts         devpts      gid=5,mode=620   0   0
proc             /proc            proc        defaults         0   0
I'll try changing /dev/cdrom to what you suggest and post what happens.

BTW, just updated Firefox, installed the Flash plugin from the browser button, restarted KDE, and Flash is still working. This issue seems to be solved.

EDIT: The fix suggested by Shilo worked, and now I have two CD-ROM's under Slackware 10.2. Thanks!

Last edited by BrianEWilliams; 06-06-2006 at 07:32 AM.
 
Old 06-07-2006, 12:02 AM   #11
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I think I figured out the flash player problem in Linux. Flash wants to access the microphone.

On my old laptop, everytime I go to a site that uses really new flash technology I almost lock up.

If I go there on a fast pc and check the settings, it's something to do with the audio and micorphone and webcam crap that flash is putting in to the player now adays.

That's my opinion, then again, what do I know

Java and flash work great in opera even on my old hardware. tho i miss all the nice extensions in FF.

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