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Old 11-16-2009, 12:12 PM   #1
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Poor streaming performance using flash plugin with 4OD and BBC iplayer

I doubt that I'm the first to report unacceptably poor streaming media performance using the flash player plugin ver. and ubuntu 9.10. I uninstalled all the installed flash players using the software centre following a forum suggestion and loaded the latest .deb version from adobe but, apart from not improving the streaming, I can't alter the installed version because I'm not quite sure what title to put in the apt-get remove. It does appear to be working as well as any, however. Mainly I can't alter the cache size - I can get the settings applet to display and highlight it's wee slider (only using the tab key or, oddly, the up arrow, however, not mouse) but I cannot move the slider to increase the cache size from 2KB with any combination of mouse or keys yet tried. I'm sure if I could the playback performance would become acceptable. Performance is equally bad with either Opera or Firefox. At present I'm dual booting back into XP to watch 4OD or Iplayer which works fine whichever browser I use. XP is considerably slower than Ubuntu on the machine in question (IBM X41) so this is not a long term option. I'm sure streaming performance was better in 9.04. Is this a flash player problem? DVD and other multimedia playback is fine using VLC (rather less so using any gstreamer player)
Any suggestions?
Old 11-17-2009, 07:55 AM   #2
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I am aussie so can only test the radio (I have no vpn so can not test tv)

works for me.

2) I use source mozilla firefox....not any deb
...I use the tar.gz adobe..........not any deb

Heres how.

download the bz firefox and unpack it...if no-one else used pc...stick unpacked folder called firefox under /home/yourname
if others need to share use root powers to stick under /opt or create /opt or use /usr/local/share ...whatever its your pc
and if others need chmod 755 /pathway/firefox can use your filemanager....nautilus?

download and unpack the tar.gz adobe file....and copy the into the folder called....~/firefox/plugins
Note you need to close firefox and then re-start it to get this plugin recognised

oops the executable is ~pathway/firefox/firefox

Last edited by aus9; 11-17-2009 at 08:00 AM.
Old 11-18-2009, 11:42 AM   #3
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Thanks. Will try it and see how it improves. Funnily enough it worked fine on Tuesday including the applet but was slow again today and failed to restart the stream after a pause (the applet still worked, however) so I suspect that the apparently slower flash performance under ubuntu is being exacerbated by cable network issues.
Old 11-18-2009, 05:45 PM   #4
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well it does not hurt to close ffox...with a setting to empty the cache...then retry.


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