Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Fix PulseAudio - Play Video & Audio While Playing Flash

There is a known issue with Firefox/Flash and PulseAudio.

PulseAudio is the standard sound server in Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04. A sound server is a background process that accepts sound input from one or more sources (like your applications) and redirecting it to one or more sinks (like your sound card). Unfortunately it doesn't quite work with Flash 9 support in Firefox.

There is an easy fix:
In a terminal type:
sudo apt-get install libflashsupport

Now when you have audio and video playing, Flash will have sound and vice-versa.

To get the most out of PulseAudio, you may want to download and install the device chooser.
In a terminal type:
sudo apt-get install padevchooser
sudo apt-get install pavucontrol

Screenshot-PulseAudio Volume Control
edited by pHreaksYcle


catchinggodslight said...

i've noticed the problem when firefox and rhythmbox couldn't run at the same time. had to close both, start rhythmbox first, firefox second and this way they both worked. tried installing banshee, firefox-2 (thought it could be an issue with FF3 BETA). nothing really fixed it. glad to find out it is fixable! thanks a lot.
BUT, when i tried to fix it your way, i got this:
E: Could find package libflashplugin.
which repo is it in?

redDEAD said...


sudo apt-get install libflashsupport

I wrote the line incorrectly. I quickly edited it hoping no one would notice. Obviously the internet is faster than me.

But blame pHreaksYcle, he was to busy sleeping at 1am when I wrote this.

catchinggodslight said...

yep, this works! thanks a lot

pHreaksYcle said...