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kennydawg 16th December 2008 20:19

Ubuntu 8.10 AMD64 problems
I recently purchased an Acer Extensa 4420-5963 with an AMD64 processor. This is my first laptop, and perhaps my last. I wasn't really familiar with the 64 bit processor. I simply "assumed" this was a newer and therefore "better" processor.
It came with Vista installed, and I will not go into detail of what I think of Vista other than I do not like it. However I think I am stuck with it, as it seems somehow to be permanently installed in a partition on the HD. Also Acer said if I replace the OS, I will lose all support from them.
OK heres my problem. I previously had Kubuntu 8.4 on another machine ( and was quite happy with it ) tried to install KDE4 on this and found out it cannot be installed. So,I installed Ubuntu 8.10. I am having one big problem. I cannot play any kind of video files. For whatever reason, if I log onto You Tube their videos will play. Yet any flv files I have on here, will not. That goes for WMV, Mpeg, or any other type. I also cannot view web pages with Java video format, or type in passwords on same. I have downloaded all the proper codecs packages from Medibuntu repositories, as well as the available Sun Java install. I have Helix Player, the player that came with this (MPlayer?) and VLC player. None of them work. They will briefly open the files, then they flip up and disappear. Any suggestions? As one of the main reasons I use a computer is to compile video as well as picture files. ( no problem with that, so far ) I am ready to take a sledghammer to this thing. With Vista I cannot connect to download anything! Ubutu connects perfectly ( by the way, I can now listen to my favorite German Webradio station, that I could not with 8.4! ) I have used Linux for three years and know there has got to be a cure for this problem. I just haven't been able to find it. Any help would be appreciated!

Hans 16th December 2008 22:22

Did you install 64 bit Flash as well?

If not you can do that by install the package flashplugin-nonfree in synaptic.

kennydawg 17th December 2008 05:52

Yes I installed Flash Plugin
Thanks for the advice. However the non-free Flash plugin is installed. I can't figure out what is going on. I thought I had installed everything that should be needed. Somewhere there is still something missing, but I'll be damned if I can figure out what!:confused:

falko 17th December 2008 17:44

Is the Flash plugin listed in your browser window when you type

into the address bar?

kennydawg 18th December 2008 03:34

See attached PDF file
1 Attachment(s)
Here is the entire list of plugins installed. Attached is a PDF file containing them, as displayed.

Thanks for your help. I unfortunately do not get to check on this often. I think we also have a time difference. I am in Florida, Eastern Standard Time.:)

falko 18th December 2008 13:44

Please uninstall the Gnash plugin.

kennydawg 18th December 2008 17:57

Removed Gnash
I totally removed Gnash.

Still having the video problem. All players start to open, then close instantaneously!

"Dragon Player" which was one I installed just to see, works for the audio part of my video files, but nothing else.
It is the only player though, that does not shut down immediately.:confused:

kennydawg 19th December 2008 06:47

Today I finally got my old PC up and running. Am once again connected to the world, and to my video files! Using Kubuntu on here. Still would like to get Ubuntu running properly on the Notebook, but it's not an emergency anymore!;)

sjau 19th December 2008 11:12

(1) install kubuntu-restricted-extra (possibly that you need to enable the universe/multiverse repo for that)

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-extra
(2) for more stuff (like dvds) add the medibuntu repos (you can google for that and they have a howto on how to add). Then install

sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 w64codecs

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