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    streaming videos only play correctly some of the time

    Over the past week or two I've been noticing that I've been having more and more problems with playing streaming videos. I haven't been able to find anything consistent about when the videos don't play correctly. Theres been videos where I've just had to wait a day or two to see even though I know from other people that theyre working. Sometimes I get nothing, sometimes its just sound and sometimes its just video. It doesn't seem to depend on the websites either, earlier today I was able to get one video on a webpage to play correctly but the other one on that page would only give me sound for a couple of seconds and then stop like it was buffering even though the status bar showed it had loaded the entire video. I don't think its just a firefox problem either because I was having the same problems at the same websites running opera as well. Any ideas about what wrong and how to fix it? Thanks.

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    Re: streaming videos only play correctly some of the time

    i know this comes from a webcam program but it helps me


    The video is sluggish/has a slow response. What can I do?


    You may have set "ximagesink" ("X Window System (No Xv)") as video-output.
    This means, that your cpu is doing all the work. Change it to "xvimagesink"
    ("X Window System (X11/XShm/Xv)") in order to let your graphics card do the work.



    To change the settings, run "gstreamer-properties", click the Video tab
    and change the appropriate settings.

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    Re: streaming videos only play correctly some of the time

    What kind of videos? Flash, Quicktime...?

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    Re: streaming videos only play correctly some of the time

    Quote Originally Posted by lovinglinux View Post
    What kind of videos? Flash, Quicktime...?
    Im pretty certain that theyve all been flash videos.

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    Re: streaming videos only play correctly some of the time

    Quote Originally Posted by no2498 View Post
    i know this comes from a webcam program but it helps me


    The video is sluggish/has a slow response. What can I do?


    You may have set "ximagesink" ("X Window System (No Xv)") as video-output.
    This means, that your cpu is doing all the work. Change it to "xvimagesink"
    ("X Window System (X11/XShm/Xv)") in order to let your graphics card do the work.



    To change the settings, run "gstreamer-properties", click the Video tab
    and change the appropriate settings.
    The default had been set to auto but I switched it over to "X Window System (X11/XShm/Xv)" and Ill try that for a little. A video that wasn't working for me yesterday played with it on both auto and "X Window System (X11/XShm/Xv)" although it was a little jumpy in the beginning while loading on the second one while it loaded smoothly with it on auto.

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    Re: streaming videos only play correctly some of the time

    Please provide the output of the following commands and instructions. This will make sure I will have a good understanding of your Firefox and Flash installations, so I don't need to guess what might be happening to your system:

    1 - Flash Version

    Type about:config in Firefox address bar, then type plugin.expose_full_path in the filter, then double-click the same item in the results to make it true. Then type about:plugins in the address bar, find Shockwave Flash, copy the corresponding Path and Version and paste here. it should look lie the image below:



    2 - Firefox version and architecture

    To find Firefox version and architecture, click "Help >> About Mozilla Firefox" in the menu. The info will be located at the bottom of the info dialog (you need to resize the window to see it):




    3 - System Info

    Execute the following commands then copy the generated file, named firefox-report.txt from your Desktop and upload it here or paste the contents.

    To execute those commands, select the entire content below, then go to "Applications >> Accessories >> Terminal" and click the terminal with the middle-mouse button.

    Code:
    echo 'Ubuntu Architecture' > ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo '' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    uname -a >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo '' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo 'Ubuntu Version' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo '' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    cat /etc/lsb-release >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo '' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo 'Firefox Packages' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo '' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    dpkg --get-selections | grep 'firefox*' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo '' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo 'Firefox binaries' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo '' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    which firefox >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    file /usr/bin/firefox >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    file /usr/local/bin/firefox >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    file /opt/firefox/firefox >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo '' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo 'Firefox divertion' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo '' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    file /usr/bin/firefox.ubuntu >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo '' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo 'Sources' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo '' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    ls /etc/apt/sources.list.d >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo '' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo 'Flash packages' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo '' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    dpkg --get-selections | grep 'flash*' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo '' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo 'Plugin locations' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo '' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    locate libflashplayer.so  >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo '' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    locate flashplugin-alternative.so  >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo '' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo 'Flash symlinks' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    echo '' >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    file /usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins/libflashplayer.so  >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    file /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/flashplugin-alternative.so  >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    file /etc/alternatives/mozilla-flashplugin  >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    file /var/lib/flashplugin-installer/npwrapper.libflashplayer.so  >> ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt
    firefox ~/Desktop/firefox-report.txt

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    Re: streaming videos only play correctly some of the time

    1.
    Shockwave Flash

    File: /home/guine/.mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so
    Version:
    Shockwave Flash 10.1 r53

    MIME Type Description Suffixes Enabled
    application/x-shockwave-flash Shockwave Flash swf Yes
    application/futuresplash FutureSplash Player spl Yes



    2. Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.2.8) Gecko/20100723 Ubuntu/9.10 (karmic) Firefox/3.6.8



    3. Ubuntu Architecture

    Linux thealmightybob 2.6.31-22-generic #63-Ubuntu SMP Wed Aug 18 22:54:26 UTC 2010 i686 GNU/Linux

    Ubuntu Version

    DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=9.10
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=karmic
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 9.10"

    Firefox Packages

    firefox install
    firefox-3.5 install
    firefox-3.5-branding install
    firefox-3.5-gnome-support install
    firefox-branding install
    firefox-gnome-support install

    Firefox binaries

    /usr/bin/firefox
    /usr/bin/firefox: symbolic link to `../lib/firefox-3.6.8/firefox.sh'
    /usr/local/bin/firefox: ERROR: cannot open `/usr/local/bin/firefox' (No such file or directory)
    /opt/firefox/firefox: ERROR: cannot open `/opt/firefox/firefox' (No such file or directory)

    Firefox divertion

    /usr/bin/firefox.ubuntu: ERROR: cannot open `/usr/bin/firefox.ubuntu' (No such file or directory)

    Sources

    opera.list

    Flash packages

    flashplugin-installer install

    Plugin locations

    /home/guine/.mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so
    /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so
    /usr/share/ubufox/plugins/libflashplayer.so

    /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/flashplugin-alternative.so
    /usr/lib/iceape/plugins/flashplugin-alternative.so
    /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins/flashplugin-alternative.so
    /usr/lib/midbrowser/plugins/flashplugin-alternative.so
    /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/flashplugin-alternative.so
    /usr/lib/xulrunner/plugins/flashplugin-alternative.so
    /usr/lib/xulrunner-addons/plugins/flashplugin-alternative.so

    Flash symlinks

    /usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins/libflashplayer.so: ERROR: cannot open `/usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins/libflashplayer.so' (No such file or directory)
    /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/flashplugin-alternative.so: symbolic link to `/etc/alternatives/mozilla-flashplugin'
    /etc/alternatives/mozilla-flashplugin: symbolic link to `/usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so'
    /var/lib/flashplugin-installer/npwrapper.libflashplayer.so: ERROR: cannot open `/var/lib/flashplugin-installer/npwrapper.libflashplayer.so' (No such file or directory)

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    Re: streaming videos only play correctly some of the time

    Is there a particular reason why you are using flash from your ~/.mozilla/plugins folder?

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    Re: streaming videos only play correctly some of the time

    Quote Originally Posted by lovinglinux View Post
    Is there a particular reason why you are using flash from your ~/.mozilla/plugins folder?
    No, thats just how it set up.

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    Re: streaming videos only play correctly some of the time

    Quote Originally Posted by guine View Post
    No, thats just how it set up.
    Move ~/.mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so to somewhere outside the mozilla folder, restart Firefox and check which version Firefox detects and if it works better.

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