[NBLUG/talk] talk Digest, Vol 70, Issue 18

Grant Bowman grantbow at gmail.com
Wed Jan 20 13:35:38 PST 2010

Hello Steve,

I haven't heard of this particular bug before.  I am guessing you are
using Ubuntu 8.10 Karmic Koala.  You can always verify with `cat
/etc/lsb-release` to double check.  Narrowing down a bug can be quite
a patience testing and observation testing process.

If the problem is flash related installing ubuntu-restricted-extras
will pull in the Adobe version of flash instead of gnash, the open
source implementation of flash player.  On my machine the package for
Adobe's flash is "flashplugin-installer" which downloads and installs
a version to your machine to side step the licensing restrictions that
Adobe places on their software.  You can see what flash packages are
on your machine at any time by doing `dpkg -l | egrep -i flash` which
is a handy command line trick that I find much more useful than any of
the gui tools.  dpkg gives a list of all installed packages to egrep
which only passes on the ones where a case insensitive match is found
for flash.  The output goes to your terminal.

If you want to look for existing bug reports, try using a web browser
(sound not required) with google and appropriate key words.  I
recommend using site:launchpad.net to look for officially reported
bugs or site:ubuntuforums.org to look for other user reports on the
most popular Ubuntu site.


Grant Bowman

> Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 10:51:51 -0800
> From: Steve Johnson <srj at adnd.com>
> Subject: [NBLUG/talk] strange sound bug..
> I am running the latest release of Ubuntu 32bit, I am having this
> strange sound problem.. I first noticed it in FireFox.  Sound would
> work fine but after a while it would just stop working, re-starting
> Firefox would bring the sound back..  I also discovered that just
> closing the FireFox window wasn't good enough, there was always an
> orphaned FireFox process I would have to kill -9 to get rid of..  But
> once I got rid of all the FF instances and re-started it, I would get
> my sound back.. So I switch to Chrome, wanted to try it out anyways..
> Now I am having the same problem, except I don't get the orphaned
> process..   Chrome's sound works, but if I leave the browser open to
> long, the sound stops working and killing Chrome and re-starting it
> brings the sound back.. I did not have this problem on an older
> install of Ubuntu..
> Anyone else having this problem? or know of a fix?
> -Steve

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