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Old 12-25-2005, 02:14 AM   #1
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Ubuntu Multimedia Woes - No sound here, choppiness there...

Hi I'm running Ubuntu 5.10 on my ibm r52 and after installing as many multimedia plugins and codecs as I could find, alot of multimedia won't work. Quicktime movies for example will play but without sound (sound is working perfectly fine in system).

I managed to install RealPlayer but didn't which folder to install it to so I manually installed it/copied the folder to usr/local/realplayer. I somehow got it to play a streaming video, but still no sound.

.asx/some windows media movie files work (both sound and video) but the video is sometimes choppy even though I'm on a highspeed connection.

And forget won't open squat telling me the locations of the streaming videos don't even exist.

I love Ubuntu (and Linux and general so far) but until they get this multimedia thing right I don't see myself taking an entire hard drive for it.

Yes, I know that it's not impossible to get multimedia working on Linux but it sucks that just because the OS is free, they get alot of legal crap from companies owning proprietary formats.

I wish there was an easier way. I want to get everything working just as efficiently as it does with windows (even if I have to learn my way around Linux). I know Linux isn't a replacement (as opposed to an alternative) for windows, but I don't think that's any excuse for it to seem almost as good (as opposed to just as good or better) as windows.

Sorry I trailed of there. But I'm really frustrated.

As a college student all I really need from Linux is Office apps (check) and full multimedia support and I'm set. Not much of a gamer. Is that too much to ask?


P.S. Merry Christmas
Old 12-26-2005, 03:03 PM   #2
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Ubuntu Multimedia Woes-No sound here,choppiness there

Don't use Ubuntu myself but you could try there forums if you don't get an answer here.

If thats no good and you want an easy to use system with good multimedia try PClinuxOS.
Old 12-26-2005, 04:03 PM   #3
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I agree with mangku.

Ubuntu offers little in the way of multimedia out of the box. It is hit and miss getting what you need installed and working properly.

I am, currently, playing, normalizing volume, and adding the mp3s to my usb mp3 player which was automatically mounted by PCLinuOS.
It don't get no better than that.
Old 12-26-2005, 07:15 PM   #4
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Another thing to check: Are you using the 64 bit distribution? Apparantly sound support on 64 bit versions are not very good. You might want to try a 32 bit distribution, even if your CPU is 64 bit, the sound support is supposed to be better.
Old 12-26-2005, 07:51 PM   #5
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I tried PCLinux OS...awesome distro but it would act weird with my keyboard. Letters on the right side of my keyboard were typed as numbers and such. I didn't have much control over it. If my keyboard had worked, I would have stuck with it in a heartbeat.


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