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youtube fullscreen issues (dual monitor)

Postby SugarSnipes on Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:25 pm

So I use Linux mint 13 KDE and I have this weird issue. Whenever I go fullscreen with a youtube video, it sometimes keeps the video size the same but has the video controls stretched to both ends of the screen. Now the weird thing about this is that it only happens on my dual monitor computer and it only happens sometimes, only on youtube. Hulu and other video websites do not have the issue, only youtube. I have tried updating flash and the issue is not fixed.
I really love KDE as I have it on all of my computers, I only have this issue on one of them.
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Re: youtube fullscreen issues (dual monitor)

Postby diego on Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:03 pm

I have the same issue, also running Linux Mint 13 KDE. I'm new to Linux (2 weeks now).

When I'm only on a single monitor, fullscreen works fine, filling up the entire screen size.
Only when I'm using dual monitor display does the fullscreen video remain small. The problem is not only in Youtube. I have tried several other Flash-based online video players, and each one messes up in a different way when I go fullscreen. For example, vimeo fullscreens on the wrong monitor (in my case, the smaller one). In Novamov, it only shows half of the video. Some work fine (you mentioned Hulu). The problem occurs in both Firefox and Chromium.

First, I tried updating the flash plugin, then I tried the Flash-Aid add-on for Firefox, but it didn't change anything.

Then, I tried loading the proprietary drivers for my video card (ATI Radeon HD 5450). In the Catalyst Control Center GUI (with admin priviledges), I could select "Single display desktop (multiple desktops)" When I restarted the computer, fullscreen worked perfect for all flash video players. The problem was that now my 2 monitors were separate desktops, so I couldn't drag windows from one to another. Catalyst has a feature called Xinerama, which supposedly allows dragging windows across screens. I selected this and restarted my computer, and while I could drag windows between monitors, my Youtube problem returned.

That's the closest I could get to solving this issue.
Does anyone else have any ideas?
Many thanks!
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Re: youtube fullscreen issues (dual monitor)

Postby alagregg on Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:40 pm

I'm running MINT 14 Cinnamon and am experiencing the same problem.
So I'm guessing its not just a KDE specific problem.

Did you find a solution ?
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Re: youtube fullscreen issues (dual monitor)

Postby diego on Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:15 am

Yes, I've found the solution, it's explained on this website: http://al.robotfuzz.com/workaround-for-flash-on-linux-multihead-desktops/
The page contains a link to the code (https://github.com/ali1234/fullscreenhack) for a hack that can be used with Firefox or Chrome.
You have to compile it, but it has a makefile, so you just follow the instructions, it's not too complicated. Just make sure you get all the dependencies.
Good luck!
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