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moose12
December 16th, 2008, 09:20 AM
i tried upgrading from 8.04 to 8.10 and it wasnt so great. i had several issues. so i decided i would go back to 8.04, i used the live disk i had created before and just started over like i did the first time i installed 8.04. but now i'm having several issues with setting things back up

cant burn audio disks, brasero says it needs codecs, and k3b says format not supported: convert to wave file

cant setup dual display / extended monitor

plug in problems online (this is the biggest issue for me!) i tried installing all of the available plugins i could find and now some stuff still doesnt work, everything has this gray circle with a gray triange( ya know, the play button triangle) and it has to be clicked first, and some stuff doesnt even work then, one page said i need to enable java, others have said i need to download latest adobe flash (i cant seen to do either)

gdesklets doesnt work, i open it up and it is a blank window that doesnt respond, i have to use force quit (doesnt that sound like a jedi power? lol),

cant make mp3 disks either i put several files in the window for the cd/dvd creator and then clicked writed these file to disk and it says no files are selected

those are the big ones i've encountered any help would be great!

hyper_ch
December 16th, 2008, 09:48 AM
you need codecs.

MockY
December 16th, 2008, 09:54 AM
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats

northern lights
December 16th, 2008, 09:59 AM
I am quite surprised, as I was certain the Swiss reply was going to be something along the lines of:

"It is advised to use a descriptive topic title. Rather than "A problem" or "Noob here" please give a brief description of the actual support request."

Which, regardless of me being mistaken and it being the remark "you need codecs". Both are true.

I don't want to ruin the research and learning incentive given above by just posting commands to cut & paste, but here's one link to work with:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats

moose12
December 16th, 2008, 10:21 AM
yes i knew i needed codecs, i also needed a means to aquire them so thanks to those who provided such a means

northern lights
December 16th, 2008, 10:25 AM
Moose, it's not like you couldn't have gotten a detailed route to codecs from the Helvetic side of things also. He just chose to make you google.

For shits and giggles, google "ubuntu codecs", the link we gave is the second hit...

moose12
December 16th, 2008, 10:29 AM
ok ok i admit defeat, lol but i still am more gracious to you two

northern lights
December 16th, 2008, 10:31 AM
Fair enough.

I just couldn't refrain myself from pointing it out. Sometimes the solution's pretty close.
But then again, sometimes we just can't see the forest cause of all the damn trees...
:p

moose12
December 16th, 2008, 10:34 AM
i like that quote, the forest one. but about the plugins and such, i didnt use to have the weird gray circle and play button on everything, and there are those other things that dont work

moose12
December 16th, 2008, 10:10 PM
and gdesklets doesnt work and id love to use that again!

kansasnoob
December 16th, 2008, 11:33 PM
i like that quote, the forest one. but about the plugins and such, i didnt use to have the weird gray circle and play button on everything, and there are those other things that dont work

well, first of all I don't like the criticism of hyper_ch! He's been a helpful member of the community since long before I found Ubuntu! It IS true that you're more likely to get help if you post each problem separately because we each have differing knowledge.

That said, the "button" in place of flash screen thing sounds like either "flashblock" or "noscript".

In Firefox just click on Tools > Add-Ons > Extensions. Try disabling certain extensions (you'll have to restart Firefox each time) and see if that get's you where you want to be.

I would personally fall over dead without Flashblock! I like the button!

moose12
December 18th, 2008, 05:53 AM
i went through the extenstion which consist of adblock, interclue, and Ubuntu firefox Modifications 0.5. i tried each one and i still had the button, its not so bad i guess, but some things still dont work and they try to make me updat my adobe flash and i cant seem to get that working. i've been to the adobe website and downloaded the file for linux. i tried the tar file and extracted it and tried to run that but i dont know much about that and even tried the .deb file and its installer said i had the wrong architecture or something like that.

VastOne
December 18th, 2008, 10:25 AM
Moose, it's not like you couldn't have gotten a detailed route to codecs from the Helvetic side of things also. He just chose to make you google.

For shits and giggles, google "ubuntu codecs", the link we gave is the second hit...

Agree completely with you and your direction, but, I think we take for granted sometimes that a TREMENDOUS amount of people do not know how to use google to find information.

In my town, I give workshops for free just to teach people how to attain information and you would be amazed at how many teachers, civic leaders and business owners have no clue as to what information lies at their fingertips once they know how to go and get it...

Just passing time and thought I would chime in....

Slap me if I am out of line....:lolflag:

northern lights
December 18th, 2008, 09:07 PM
Agree completely with you and your direction, but, I think we take for granted sometimes that a TREMENDOUS amount of people do not know how to use google to find information.
I don't doubt it at all. Be it google itsself or the underlying pages it finds for you. I think a further problem people have is a lack of pre-existing knowledge necessary to distinguish true and/or useful information from crap (which the web hosts a sh*tload of, literally).

If my neighborhood had a forum (offline forum...) that would make such a class/course easy to offer, I'd consider doing the same.


Slap me if I am out of line....:lolflag:
Far from it in the first place, and, anyhow, people that really cross "the line" never end with such a statement...
;-)


P.S. I however do not think this goes for most of the people browsing the ubuntuforums. Might be mistaken.

moose12
December 19th, 2008, 04:39 AM
to my credit, i trust the directions of the posters here a great deal more than i would trust some random site i found on google. i realize that the link mentioned was more than trustworthy being provided from the ubuntu group itself, but my first inclination was to ask for aid where it is freely provided and safe (for the most part). pardon me for seeming ignorant and foolish, and perhaps troublesome to those who are fluent in the usage of ubuntu, but it came down to question of reliability and exterior knowledge of my current situation, which google can provide neither guaranteed.

by the way im still having issues! i started a new post devoted to the plugin problem but have come to a dead end!

this post is titled "adobe flash player 10?"

pHreaksYcle
December 19th, 2008, 04:55 AM
Well, when you have sorted this fine guy out, think you can help me??



http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1015524 if anyone has a minute btw :P

VastOne
December 19th, 2008, 08:33 AM
I don't doubt it at all. Be it google itsself or the underlying pages it finds for you. I think a further problem people have is a lack of pre-existing knowledge necessary to distinguish true and/or useful information from crap (which the web hosts a sh*tload of, literally).

If my neighborhood had a forum (offline forum...) that would make such a class/course easy to offer, I'd consider doing the same.





Far from it in the first place, and, anyhow, people that really cross "the line" never end with such a statement...
;-)


P.S. I however do not think this goes for most of the people browsing the ubuntuforums. Might be mistaken.


I agree but I would only like to see people do more searching for solutions on the forums here before they posted a question. I think there is a burnout factor with some of the gifted ubuntu knowledge base because it is very difficult to sift through the thousands of redundant questions...My Opine only.....

You really should consider doing the offline forum/teaching yourself...it was easy for me to start up, going to schools, churches, restaurants and local business's... just talking to individuals and listening to their issues...Just present yourself as an information specialist with tools on how to help people with the basics in searching and tools they should know about (Firefox, Spybot, online AV checking etc etc)...My Opine only.....


):P

VastOne

talsemgeest
December 19th, 2008, 08:56 AM
Well, when you have sorted this fine guy out, think you can help me??



http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1015524 if anyone has a minute btw :P
Please don't advertise your threads. If someone knows how to help you, they will.

moose12
December 19th, 2008, 07:44 PM
well no thanks to you guys but i figured out the problem by randomly adding then removing files associated with flash using the synaptics package manager. turns out it was swfdec-mozilla that needed to be removed and then everything worked!

exept for gdesklets which maybe just needs reinstalled.....again

talsemgeest
December 20th, 2008, 12:53 AM
well no thanks to you guys but i figured out the problem by randomly adding then removing files associated with flash using the synaptics package manager. turns out it was swfdec-mozilla that needed to be removed and then everything worked!

exept for gdesklets which maybe just needs reinstalled.....again
Well, I'm glad you got it working anyway.