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Postby Unexpected Tiger on Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:56 pm

I installed Mint 7 Gnome last Monday; originally there was no found for Flash videos in Firefox 3.0 but there was sound in Firefox 3.5 and Epiphany. So I started using Epiphany but then the sound went when I accidentally unplugged my speakers while it was playing something and I couldn't get it back. It still worked on Firefox 3.5 until I installed ClamAV and turned on the firewall. Then it suddenly stopped working and now dosen't work on either Firefox, Epiphany, Opera, Konqueror (no flash) or Midori (crashes every time a website might have flash). I've tried

- uninstalling ClamAV and turning off the firewall
- reinstalling the browsers, including deleting all the setting and profile files in /home and /etc
- reinstalling the alsa drivers
- adding that line about HDA Intel to that file ending in alsa-config
- reinstalling flash, including the flash-non-free, adobe (from package manager, tar.gz * and .deb) and gnash versions
- deleting the dataflash folder and dataflash.h files
- killall pulseaudio, alsa force-reload and change all the settings on the control panel to alsa
- checked that gstreamer-ffmpeg is installed
- installing libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-dev
- checked alsamixer

I might not have tried every possible combination of these, but I wouldn't have said I was too far off. I have an HDA Intel sound card and am using C-Span USB speakers (laptop speakers and headphone jack are broken), and sound still works other than this. Can anyone guess why this randomly stopped working, how to get it working again, and how to stop this happening in the future? I guess I could reinstall Mint but that's not an ideal solution if this happens every week!

* All the instructions for installing the tar.gz file, including on the Adobe website, said you should unpack it, go into a folder and run a file called install-flash or something. Except when I unpacked it I only got one file called libflashplayer.so. Not sure what's going on here.

Correction: When I started all this, I had sound apart from the internet. Now I have no sound. How do I undo some of these commands? Although to be honest I'm leaning towards reinstalling the operating system.
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Re: internet Flash sound

Postby igorzwx on Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:52 am

Hi Tiger!

First of all, some info about your hardware. Type on Terminal:

lspci -v

QUOTE: "Can anyone guess why this randomly stopped working, how to get it working again, and how to stop this happening in the future?"

Why? Because of PulseAudio.
If I understood you correctly, you have PulseAudio installed.

The removal of PulseAudio might be an ideal solution for your problems.
PulseAudio is a sound server and network server, that is why reconfiguring firewall may produce a trouble.

1. Firewall (iptables) are already in Linux kernel. You can install a wisard for configuring it (this is what you did, perhaps).

2. Both PulseAudio and ClamAV (and any other antivirus for Windows malware) are security risk.

It is still possible to remove PulseAudio from Mint 7,
but it might be impossible to remove PulseAudio from Mint 8.

In short, to fix the problem, you may try to remove PulseAudio
viewtopic.php?f=48&t=32725

!!! Fresh clean installation !!!

Install another Mint 7 in dual boot and try my howto to see how it works.
See also my howto for dual/multiple boot here:
viewtopic.php?f=48&t=33657

If you cannot manage to make your sound working with Mint, you may try antiX, or else.

antiX (LiveCD, or USB, or install to HD)
http://antix.mepis.com/index.php/Main_Page
It is a rolling release
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolling_release
Install (with Synaptic) ESound, Adobe Flash with plugs, Skype, and reboot.
Everything works "out of the box" with default settings.
antiX has ALSA inside, not OSS4, and, nevertheless, sound seems to be much better than with Ubuntu or Mint
http://antix.freeforums.org/post12648.html
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Re: internet Flash sound

Postby Unexpected Tiger on Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:30 pm

Thanks. I reinstalled Mint and I now have the sound working again both from the computer and for Flash on Firefox 3.5. The Flash sound actually stops working though when I uninstall pulseaudio, so I have no idea how to stop this happening again (or what happened in the first place). Although whatever made all the sound stop working when I was trying to fix the Flash sound must have been in the /home folder, since it still didn't work when I reinstalled it with the same partition mounted as /home.

I'm curious about what you said about ClamAV being a security risk. It was actually my university IT department that told me to install it and I generally assume they know what they're talking about; perhaps not though. What makes you say it's a risk, or that it's made for Windows when they have a version to install on Linux?
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Re: internet Flash sound

Postby igorzwx on Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:59 pm

Hi Tiger!

It is not easy to understand your reports: what is working, and what is not.
And you forgot to post here the output of this command:

lspci -v

If you followed my howto ( viewtopic.php?f=48&t=32725 ), everything should work with default settings.
If you have now ESound, you may try to install a plug for Adobe Flash for ESound.

Or do you have 64bits?

In a word, some days ago, I installed antiX. It has not PulseAudio.
To fix sound, I installed (with Synaptic) ESound, Adobe Flash with plugs (+ JRE), Skype, and rebooted.
Everything works "out of the box" with default settings.

antiX
http://antix.mepis.com/index.php/Main_Page

You may try OSS4 too.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OpenSound

First, install Adobe Flash and all other apps, according to this howto (but do not install ESound):
viewtopic.php?f=48&t=32725

Then, install OSS4.
The exact howto is here (Mint 7 = Ubuntu 9.04):
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OpenSound

During the installation of OSS4, some fixes for Adobe Flash will be installed automatically.

QUOTE: "I'm curious about what you said about ClamAV being a security risk."

read this:
http://www.google.com/search?q=ClamAV%2 ... 8&oe=UTF-8
and this:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Ub ... f&oq=&aqi=

QUOTE: "I generally assume they know what they're talking about"

It is an assumption, indeed.
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Re: internet Flash sound

Postby Unexpected Tiger on Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:54 am

The reason for that is I don't really know what's working and what's not. Basically now I've reinstalled everything I'm back to where I was originally, with sound working on MPlayer, Rythmbox etc. and Firefox 3.5 and Epiphany but not Firerox 3.0, but with a slight fear it'll mess itself up again. I admit I followed your instructions badly; after lots of mad reinstalling I was running short of bandwidth and didn't really want Opera and GoogleEarth and whatnot so I skipped to the end where pulseaudio was purged and esound installed, but looking at it again I can see some libraries I skipped too. Now that it's more or less working again I'm inclined not to touch anything, but if it stops working again those instructions will be my first port of call, so thanks.

No, I run a 32 bit system and my sound card is this:

00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device 0067
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
Memory at d000c000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
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Re: internet Flash sound

Postby igorzwx on Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:38 am

You know, Martin has a similar card:

00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)

He solved all problems with OSS4
http://martinbaselier.wordpress.com/

I would recommend a fresh clean install of Mint 7
The exact howto for OSS4 is here (Mint 7 = Ubuntu 9.04):
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OpenSound

see also my howto for dual (and multiple) boot here:
viewtopic.php?f=48&t=33657

EDIT: "didn't really want Opera and GoogleEarth"
you do not need to install those apps which you are not going to use,
but codecs are recommended.
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