View Full Version : [ubuntu] watching shows full screen

June 21st, 2008, 12:59 AM
so i like to watch shows online, especially from surfthechannel.com which uses links from other websites such as youku.com

however, since using ubuntu, i havent been able to watch the shows full screen, and i dont know why. nothing happens when i click the full sceen option but other options such as half screen works.

does it have anything to do with ubuntu?

June 21st, 2008, 01:14 AM
Hi. Which version of Ubuntu are you running (7.10, 8.04, or a previous one), and for which architecture (32-bit, 64-bit)? Do you have Desktop effects on? If so, and you have Ubuntu 7.10 or 8.04, try disabling the effects and try the videos again.

If you want to keep them on, you can change a setting in compizconfig-settings manager; if you don't have it installed look for it in Synaptic, or to install it from th terminal:

sudo aptitude install compizconfig-settings manager
After it's installed, go to 'System->Preferences->Advanced Desktop Effects Settings' and in there go to 'General Options' and on the General tab make sure 'Unredirect Fullscreen Windows' is unchecked; press the 'Back' button, then scroll down to the 'Utility' section, press the 'Workarounds' button, and make sure 'Legacy Fullscreen Support' is checked. Then try the videos again.

June 21st, 2008, 01:26 AM
i have 7.10 ubuntu but i dont know which architecture (i actually have no idea what that is). i dont have any desktop effect on because when i tried to change it, a msg came up saying that i cant change the desktop effects.

would that code enable me to get full screen even tho i dont have on any desktop effects?

June 21st, 2008, 01:35 AM
If you don't use desktop effects,then you don't need compizconfig-settings-manager. I'm not sure if a pop-up blocker would affect the videos since they're in Flash, but if you do have a pop-up blocker try disabling it or make sure it's not blocking the site.

Also, in Firefox open a new tab and write in the address bar:

and post the results.

June 21st, 2008, 01:49 AM
Installed plug-ins
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Shockwave Flash

File name: libflashplayer.so
Shockwave Flash 9.0 r48

MIME Type Description Suffixes Enabled
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application/futuresplash FutureSplash Player spl Yes
VLC Multimedia Plugin

File name: libvlcplugin.so
Version 0.8.6c Janus, copyright 1996-2007 The VideoLAN Team

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video/x-mpeg MPEG video mpg,mpeg,mpe Yes
video/mpeg-system MPEG video mpg,mpeg,mpe,vob Yes
video/x-mpeg-system MPEG video mpg,mpeg,mpe,vob Yes
video/mpeg4 MPEG-4 video mp4,mpg4 Yes
audio/mpeg4 MPEG-4 audio mp4,mpg4 Yes
application/mpeg4-iod MPEG-4 video mp4,mpg4 Yes
application/mpeg4-muxcodetable MPEG-4 video mp4,mpg4 Yes
video/x-msvideo AVI video avi Yes
video/quicktime QuickTime video mov,qt Yes
application/x-ogg Ogg stream ogg Yes
application/ogg Ogg stream ogg Yes
application/x-vlc-plugin VLC plugin vlc Yes
video/x-ms-asf-plugin Windows Media Video asf,asx Yes
video/x-ms-asf Windows Media Video asf,asx Yes
application/x-mplayer2 Windows Media Yes
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audio/wav WAV audio wav Yes
audio/x-wav WAV audio wav Yes
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video/3gpp 3GPP video 3gp,3gpp Yes
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video/3gpp2 3GPP2 video 3g2,3gpp2 Yes
Totem Web Browser Plugin 2.20.0

File name: libtotem-basic-plugin.so
The Totem 2.20.0 plugin handles video and audio streams.

MIME Type Description Suffixes Enabled
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audio/ogg Ogg Audio ogg Yes
audio/x-ogg Ogg Audio ogg Yes
video/ogg Ogg Video ogg Yes
video/x-ogg Ogg Video ogg Yes
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video/flv Flash video flv Yes
Windows Media Player Plug-in 10 (compatible; Totem)

File name: libtotem-gmp-plugin.so
The Totem 2.20.0 plugin handles video and audio streams.

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DivX Web Player

File name: libtotem-mully-plugin.so
The Totem 2.20.0 plugin handles video and audio streams.

MIME Type Description Suffixes Enabled
video/divx AVI video divx Yes
QuickTime Plug-in 7.2.0

File name: libtotem-narrowspace-plugin.so
The Totem 2.20.0 plugin handles video and audio streams.

MIME Type Description Suffixes Enabled
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video/x-m4v MPEG-4 video m4v Yes

June 21st, 2008, 02:02 AM
You have an older version of Flash; close Firefox and try this from the terminal:

sudo aptitude purge flashplugin-nonfree

sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude install flashplugin-nonfree

Then open Firefox again and see if the problem persists.

June 22nd, 2008, 07:45 PM
that didnt work either...the terminal said that flash was not installed after i entered the second code.

June 23rd, 2008, 01:42 AM
It seems that Gutsy's most recent version of Flash is the one you already had installed; however, you should have had it installed right back with the second command. Make sure you don't have Gnash installed:

sudo aptitude purge gnash gnash-common mozilla-plugin-gnash
and try to install Flash again:

sudo aptitude install flashplugin-nonfree
If you get any error messages in the terminal, please post them.

Regarding this:

i have 7.10 ubuntu but i dont know which architecture (i actually have no idea what that is).
Sorry I overlooked that. Architecture refers to having an Intel, AMD or VIA processor (either running in 32 bit mode or 64 bit), or Power PC processor (which not many people do nowadays). So likely you have an Intel or AMD cpu. We need to know if Ubuntu is running in 32 bit or 64 bit (64 bit is faster for certain intensive tasks, but older processors are only 32 bit); you probably have Ubuntu 32 bit, but we need to make sure:

uname -m
Please post the output.

You can install a newer version of Flash. If uname -m gives you x86_64, you have Ubuntu 64 bit and you need this Flash package (http://mirrors.xmission.com/ubuntu/pool/multiverse/f/flashplugin-nonfree/flashplugin-nonfree_9.0.124.0ubuntu1~gutsy1_amd64.deb). If you get i386 or i686, get this package instead (http://mirrors.xmission.com/ubuntu/pool/multiverse/f/flashplugin-nonfree/flashplugin-nonfree_9.0.124.0ubuntu1~gutsy1_i386.deb). Once you download it, close Firefox and double-click on it to install. Afterwards, open Firefox again and see you still have the problem.