libflashsupport, pulseaudio and hardy

H.S. hs.samix at
Sun Dec 7 20:06:03 UTC 2008

Jonathan D. Armendariz wrote:

> Personally I'm curious as to how you get YouTube (and in my case Pandora 
> too) to play audio as I cannot (no sound whatsoever) yet I download as 
> an FLV file and it works flawlessly. I was initially under the 
> impression that either I was missing a file or it was a known bug.

Well, the reality is that this is a system that was upgraded from Gutsy
to Hardy. After the upgrade, some videos gave trouble (avi files or
youtube). Main thing I noted was that I could play only one video/audio
application, Firefox (BBC vidoes, youtube videos or any other multimedia
played okay in it), totem player or skype and it worked okay. But if
more were played simultaneously, the video or audio sputtered.

When I searched about this on google, I learned that I needed to setup
pulseaudio properly. I followed the instructions on the link I gave
earlier and also on the pulseaudio website (wiki) regarding the 'perfect

Things then seemed to work initially, but I then realized that after a
reboot, one thing or the other seemed to go wrong (youtube videos won't
play smoothly, bbc videos won't play, etc., but skype was working after
trying which device use in its preferences). Then I noticed that
libflashsupport is suggested to be removed. After removing this, it
appears that the system is now working but not the BBC videos. I am yet
to reboot the system, I will know more after that.

But from the other poster, it appears that I do need libflashsupport. I
will try it when I get a chance.

Is it me or is this a weird mess regarding flash, pulseaudio and alsa
libraries in the LTS release?


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