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  1. My apologies! I had installed firestarter on my system which for reasons I don't know caused the slowdown. I thought I had uninstalled it, but I went to check and sure enough...still there. My ip rules list shrunk dramatically and my download speed doubled. Thanks for your help though!
  2. You may be onto something. Problem is, I know nothing about iptables or how to change/configure. I did iptables -L...I don't know if it has too many rules, but the output was quite long. I'd post but it really would take up more than the viewable area on your screen. Should I post it, or is there some portion of it that would be helpful?
  3. Hi there, I have had a post about this on the forum of my distro (ubuntu) for some time now but no one even has any suggestions for settings to examine. When downloading files or using download speed tests such as available at testmy.net I found that I was getting very slow performance under Ubuntu. This, I believe is new and was not the case when I first installed it. When I log in on Windows XP with all the same hardware the download speed is about double. I have cable internet, through a router and hub. The router does degrade the performance but even when connecting directly, Windows XP is still double the speed of Ubuntu. Even stranger is that if I boot up using the Ubuntu live CD, which allows users to try Ubuntu without actually installing it, the connection speeds are exactly comparable to Windows XP. So clearly, my installed Ubuntu OS has some setting on it that is causing this conflict and slowing things way down. I don't expect answers with this little amount of info. I'm hoping though that someone can tell me what files I might look at to begin sorting this out. Thanks!
  4. A good suggestion, but now, I changed the ownership during the nvidia install. In my experience Tuxracer has been a good benchmark as it does not run well (like 1 fps) when the drivers aren't installed. IN addition, I can't run the game in root mode either. I'd love some other suggestions. I can live without playing Doom 3 but I'd really like to know what's up with opengl.
  5. I installed, correctly as far as I can tell, the nvidia drivers to my geforce video card. Tuxracer works, for example, and the nvidia splash screen comes up at boot. I installed the linux doom3 demo to see if it would work and it does not. This isn't that surprising, but the reason it didn't was surprising. The errors are about locating opengl....Here is the actual output: Running in restricted demo mode. ----- Initializing Decls ----- ------------------------------ ------- Initializing renderSystem -------- using ARB renderSystem renderSystem initialized. -------------------------------------- 5151 strings read from strings/english.lang Couldn't open journal files couldn't exec editor.cfg execing default.cfg couldn't exec DoomConfig.cfg couldn't exec autoexec.cfg 5151 strings read from strings/english.lang ----- Initializing Sound System ------ sound system initialized. -------------------------------------- ----- R_InitOpenGL ----- Setup X display connection dlopen(libGL.so.1) Initializing OpenGL display Using XFree86-VidModeExtension Version 2.2 DGA DirectVideo Mouse (Version 2.0) initialized Free86-VidModeExtension Activated at 640x480 Couldn't get a visual dlopen(libGL.so.1) Initializing OpenGL display Using XFree86-VidModeExtension Version 2.2 DGA DirectVideo Mouse (Version 2.0) initialized Free86-VidModeExtension Activated at 640x480 Couldn't get a visual idRenderSystem::Shutdown() Fatal X Error: Major opcode of failed request: 105 Minor opcode of failed request: 0 Serial number of failed request: 39 BadValue (integer parameter out of range for operation) Fatal X Error: Major opcode of failed request: 2 Minor opcode of failed request: 0 Serial number of failed request: 43 BadWindow (invalid Window parameter) Fatal X Error: Major opcode of failed request: 4 Minor opcode of failed request: 0 Serial number of failed request: 44 BadWindow (invalid Window parameter) Sys_Error: Unable to initialize OpenGL I'm trying to sort out if the error is with the driver or with the game. If it is with the game...oh well, but if this indicates I'm having nvidia driver problems still....I'd like to sort it out. I note that when I installed the drivers and did the "modprobe nvidia" command, it returned the driver information, but now modprobe nvidia only gets me another command prompt. (Yes, I entered su - before trying it, otherwise it won't even recognize the command.) Does that indicate that somehow linux (fc3 in my case) can't FIND the module again? Tux racer still works, which was my way of testing if the driver was installed. Tux racer would not play very well at all before the driver was installed. Appreciate any clues!
  6. Sometimes when I get out of X for some task or another I see the prompt "you have mail" . I can't remember how, but I was able to get a list of messages but had no idea how to look at them. I assume these are messages from various processes, but I don't ever receive them. Is this simply the mechanism that puts things into the /var/log files? Or is there a way to look at these messages? I've just always been curious about that.
  7. Would this be an appropriate place to ask about WHY you would compile your own kernel from source? I always wonder. What are the advantages? Are there things you can do during install that you can't otherwise? What are some of those things? Finally, if I ever try this, are there going to be some technical decisions to make as it is compiling that might be over my head or does it take care of itself once you've done the above? Just curious.
  8. Perfect! Thanks. OH and I solved my problem...I got rid of mplayer and installed xine from this site which is an unofficial rpm site for xine. I followed the directions...no compiling needed and it worked great! So if anyone stumbles onto this topic with similar woes, xine might be a solution.
  9. Thought I'd add some clarification (though I can't get mplayer to work on my system either...it did but now it's broken...I started a new thread.) Linux does not use file extension .exe or any other extenstion for an executable. Any file that is a "program" will usually have a command in one of several places that will be searched, such as /bin. The bin stands for "binaries" and these are files that have been turned into binary code ready for the computer to do whatever it is told. There are several such /bin files in Linux, such as /usr/bin. If you go to /bin, for example, with your nautilus file browser, you will see many files with just one name, such as "chown". Your settings may be different, but on my system such binary files which cause the computer to execute some command have an icon like three little gears. You can open up your terminal (in my system you do this by choosing applications, then system tools and then terminal from the drop down) and search for the path of a program by typing "which" and after a space, the program name. Example: [ty@localhost ~]$ which mplayer /usr/bin/mplayer So this says that the command which launches mplayer resides in /usr/bin/ and if you can find your way there, you should see "mplayer" in that folder. Since your operating system knows to look in this folder to see if it can find a command you typed, all you have to do is open a terminal and type "mplayer" and it will do the rest. (Actually, if you want to be able to interact with mplayer in a graphical way and you have the gnome desktop, you should type "gmplayer"...otherwise it will want you to control all its functions by typing commands.) If you accidentally typed Nplayer, it would look through all the various places in it's "path" and would not be able to find that command and it would tell you so. The Yum stuff is a way that your computer can look through a collection of programs and install them without your having to do anything else. It will find the program in a database (called a repository) bring it to you and put all the files where they need to go. A program like Mplayer will have to put files in many places and will also make use of existing files. All that said...I had the plugin, the codecs and mplayer all ready to go and it still didn't work. there are other approaches as well, if these steps don't work, but be prepared that this is one area of the LInux world that isn't too user friendly just yet. You can see my own woes at: Mplayer hell In order to tackle such problems, assuming the steps others have suggested here don't work, you'll need to become more familiar with linux. I just found this site and it has some nice easy to understand how-tos around. I would at the very least learn how to find and open the terminal, how to use yum (or a program I like called "Synaptic", and how to find your way around the files. Good luck!
  10. There are several suggested ways to install mplayer and to use it as a player of embedded videos in firefox. I finally found the right combination for me. For example, the mplayer mozilla plug in never worked, but the generic "mozplugger" did. I had everything working fine. embedded video played great in most cases. And now it is broken. I don't know what happened, but somehow I had also broken my nvidia driver. I had done a kernel upgrade and it wasn't working and it took several tries to get it back right. After getting that sorted out, I could no longer watch embedded video with mplayer. (So far, mainly concentrating on quicktime.) Here is the way I did things. I installed mplayer via synaptic. (actually, I uninstalled and reinstalled as everything had been in place and working fine) I already have the codecs in /usr/lib/win32 which is where they were when I got this to work in the first place. Embedded video now won't play. I read the "read me" in the codecs package and it said to put the codecs in /usr/local/lib/codecs so I tried that as well...no luck. When I attempt to open the video directly from the terminal I get the following fatal error: Quote: mplayer interrupted by signal 11 in module: demux_open Here is all the output from the terminal: Quote: [ty@localhost ~]$ gmplayer http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/ch...ory/medium.html MPlayer 1.0pre6-3.4.2 © 2000-2004 MPlayer Team CPU: Advanced Micro Devices Athlon MP/XP Thoroughbred (Family: 6, Stepping: 1) Detected cache-line size is 64 bytes CPUflags: MMX: 1 MMX2: 1 3DNow: 1 3DNow2: 1 SSE: 1 SSE2: 0 vo: X11 running at 1024x768 with depth 16 and 16 bpp (":0.0" => local display) Linux RTC init error in ioctl (rtc_irqp_set 1024): Permission denied Try adding "echo 1024 > /proc/sys/dev/rtc/max-user-freq" to your system startup scripts. Opening joystick device /dev/input/js0 Can't open joystick device /dev/input/js0 : No such file or directory Can't init input joystick Setting up LIRC support... mplayer: could not connect to socket mplayer: No such file or directory Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control. Playing http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/ch...ory/medium.html. Resolving www.apple.com for AF_INET6... Couldn't resolve name for AF_INET6: www.apple.com Resolving www.apple.com for AF_INET... Connecting to server www.apple.com[]:80 ... Cache size set to 320 KBytes Connected to server: www.apple.com Cache fill: 1.68% (5493 bytes) XMMS: found plugin: libwav.so (Wave Player 1.2.10) XMMS: found plugin: libtonegen.so (Tone Generator 1.2.10) XMMS: found plugin: libcdaudio.so (CD Audio Player 1.2.10) XMMS: found plugin: libmikmod.so (MikMod Player 1.2.10) XMMS: found plugin: libvorbis.so (Ogg Vorbis Player 1.2.10) I don't know how xmms fits into this...I guess it provides the sound for mplayer? I see an issue of "permission denied" but I can't figure out if there is a file I need to change permissions on. FYI, though I did not have to do this before, I went into gmplayer and selected each of the options under video options. I would select one...try it, select another...all the way down the list. None of them worked. I can find no place within mplayer to see what codecs are available. There is a tab on codecs, but I have no idea what it's asking about. Also, I never messed with any of these tabs the first time I got it to work. I should say that I had about 15 broken rpm packages after messing with the whole nvidia driver thing. I repaired those packages and mplayer was one of them. I actually reinstalled mplayer completely. Oh, and the same thing happens when I try this in the terminal as root. I don't know what logs or config files might be handy. Please don't link to install tutorials, as they contradict each other in terms of how to get it the plug in to work (some say mozplugger, some say with the mplayer mozilla plug in. Some say you need codecs, others say you don't need codecs, some say you must compile from source (the dev site, in fact) others say you should use the rpm.) Why, I wonder, are there so many contradictory ways to get this to function? Are there logs I can look at or post? Specs you need? I"m in 2.6.9-1.667 fc3 and the mplayer is 1.0pre6-3.4.2 and Firefox is Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041111 Firefox/1.0 At the present time, the behavior is this...I click on a link to a video (I'm using the apple movie trailers site) and the gray box pops up, the dialogue at the bottom says "loading" and then nothing happens...the loading dialogue just says "done". When I use the plugin as opposed to mozplugger then "Mplayer embedded video" appears in the video box and goes through the buffering process, gets to 99 percent and then just sits there. A couple of other curiosities. At one point I'd given up on Mplayer as went to Totem-xine and the mozilla plug in and it played fine with the exception I'll not below. I should also note that totem-xine so far is the ONLY player that can play audio cd's for me. xmms, gnome cdplayer, realplayer, mplayer...none of them has worked for audio cd's. don't know if that is at all relevant. Now, Totem-xine stopped working one day (I assume I did something, but no idea what.) So I went back to mplayer as described above. BOTH of them have this other curiosity, however, even when working. At the Apple site, if a link takes me to a site where I choose the resolution to start the video....it worked great. If it goes straight to the video...I get the gray box of death. I swear, by the virtual gods, that if I ever come to understand this, I will write a very comprehensive how to that acknowledges all the different quirks out there. Until then...can anyone make any suggestions. I wish Firefox had a graphical interface where you can click to see what player is set up to play what mime type and what plugins and codecs are there.
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