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Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:06 pm
by Jozi
On a fresh instal here and just trying out things. Noticed the os feels somewhat laggy and im having problems with online videos. On jay leno's garage site the vids dont appear to be smooth and on another site I got the following error:

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200, Stream not found, NetStream.Play.StreamNotFound, clip: '[Clip] 'http://i.cdn.openx.com/1ca/1ca65cf4-b0a1-4a4d-b178-ee4d9def09f2/2b4/2b417d7ea1c346c87c36dfa0f1ee3609.mp4''
I'm running mint 13 on a amd athlon xp 2500, 1.5gig of ram and a nvidia 6600 agp card, it's all old hardware but I wouldnt have expected it to feel laggy and slow. I'm using a nvidia driver that I had to download ~(I can't remember what I had to do to get it but I found it under "aditional drivers" where 2 are listed).

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:14 pm
by grimdestripador
I just went to http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/ on an old P4 (Dell GX620) with no video drivers. And the video does seems to stop every once in a while. But mainly smooth linux mint 13.

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:27 pm
by shipturion
Im experiencig same problems with streaming videos... it gets laggy, and freezes a bit. After doing some research i found that a lot of people claim flash works a bit awkwardly on linux

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:10 pm
by Jozi
It didn't really seem to stop on me, more like it was not rendering the full amount of frames or skipping frames. Sound seemed perfect and didn't skip or anything. I've also found it happens with youtube.

In general use though I found it a bit laggy.

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:38 pm
by I2k4
I think a lot of users are learning that the latest versions of Ubuntu / Mint are too demanding for older / low powered equipment. Basically, Ubuntu Linux is going through its own "Vista" phase of developing an operating system for higher powered hardware and leaving the oldies but goodies behind.

On my netbook (1Ghz Atom) everything up to Ubuntu 10 / Mint 11 runs great and I experience lag on everything after that. I've decided that for the remaining life of this low powered netbook I'm using Lubuntu 10.10, the equivalent of Mint 11. The cost of using the older OS is that updates to the latest fixes and versions of some browsers and other software are no longer supported. The benefit is much better performance, and that's good enough for me. I suggest creating a Live USB of an older version of Ubuntu / Mint and seeing if you like it and if it runs better.

I have absolutely no problem running Youtube, Vimeo and ordinary streaming video on my little netbook (not in HD, of course) - I have some occasional stops and starts with more demanding services like Bloomberg TV.

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:01 pm
by Jozi
I gave up this morning and installed ubuntu 11.10 :oops: It's a bit more resposive, things are slow opening though, video works better but not flawless. I might step down to 10 or an older version of mint, I had some problems with a printer not being recognised under mint, ubuntu sees it but i still can't get it to work :lol: Kinda enjoying it if a little frustrating at times.

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:39 pm
by oobetimer

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:42 am
by Jozi
Installed Mint 11 and I'm much happier with how this works. Only problem I'm having is that youtube vieo's (flash in general) isn't work for me. I've tried installing various flash things from the software manager but no luck so far. I'm getting a msg in the vids saying "missing plugin"

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:33 am
by I2k4
I'd suggest trying Google Chrome which comes with Flash preinstalled as part of the download. Another good thing about Chrome is that its version updates kept coming, while Firefox is frozen at version 11 on Lubuntu 10.10. Glad Mint 11 is working for you - it's a nice OS.

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:29 pm
by Jozi
I installed Chromium but I'll try chrome if it works. Before downloading will I uninstall any instance of flash cause at this point I have no idea what has been added or removed!

Mint is also quite recognisable as windows, the start menu and window buttons are all in the same place, less explaining to the parents to do :lol: I did like Gnome under ubuntu 11.10.

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 2:02 pm
by I2k4
I've had use of recent Chromium with one of my test Live USBs and it's much improved over the one came with my Lubuntu, but does require a separate Flash installation. Sorry I can't comment on the problem you're having, but hopefully Chrome+Flash will help.

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:01 am
by Jozi
Installed Chrome both via downloading it and software/package manager but it won't run/open when clicked on, anyone any idea's?

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:38 am
by oobetimer
Jozi wrote:Installed Chrome both via downloading it and software/package manager but it won't run/open when clicked on, anyone any idea's?
Open terminal and give a command chrome or chrome-browser

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:46 am
by Jozi
oobetimer wrote: Open terminal and give a command chrome or chrome-browser
I'm not sure I follow, do I just type "chrome" or "chrome-browser" in to terminal or do I need something else with it? If just the works for either I get "chrome-browser: command not found"


I just noticed, some youtube video's work in chromium, other it says "this video is currently unavailable", vimeo tells me something broke when trying it.

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This for example wont work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpaT8NzkLgE
But this does: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyqo03zmzZw

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:57 am
by oobetimer
Jozi wrote:
This for example wont work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpaT8NzkLgE
But this does: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyqo03zmzZw
Opera works .. :wink:

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:06 am
by Jozi
A plug-in crashes in Opera :( for both vids.

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:16 am
by oobetimer
Jozi wrote:A plug-in crashes in Opera :( for both vids.
Remove mint-flashplugin and install flashplugin-installer via Synaptic .. :wink:

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:36 am
by Jozi
Just checked and mint-flashplugin was already uninstalled, and flashplugin-installer already installed. I also have 'flashplugin-nonfree' installed

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Should I be rebooting or something after all this adding and removing software?

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:52 am
by Jozi
I installed 'adobe-flashplugin' instead of 'flashplugin-installer' and that taken 2 trailer now crashes 'shockwave-flash' after very briefly playing some stuttering sound. If I try a video on jay leno's garage I get this error:

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We're sorry lighspark encountered a yet unsupported flash file
SWF file: [some url]
Cause: unhandled actionscript exception

Re: Laggy feel and video problems

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:06 pm
by oobetimer
Jozi wrote:I installed 'adobe-flashplugin' instead of 'flashplugin-installer' and that taken 2 trailer now crashes 'shockwave-flash' after very briefly playing some stuttering sound. If I try a video on jay leno's garage I get this error:

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We're sorry lighspark encountered a yet unsupported flash file
SWF file: [some url]
Cause: unhandled actionscript exception
I suppose that you have installed lighspark and/or gnash, which does not work with every web site so far. If you remove them, leno´s garage should work (I don´t know about these buildings :lol: ).

http://www.gnu.org/software/gnash/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightspark

A video about Gnash: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I00y73dpa3Q&feature=plcp