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    Default mplayer plugin causing firfox to freeze.

    I've been having trouble lately with firefox freezing. For awhile I couldn't figure out what was causing it as it seemed random. But I think I narrowed down the problem to the mplayer plugin. Whenever I go to a site that has streaming video, the mplayer plugin would start reading the stream, but then display "stopped". Now sometimes when it does this firefox would freeze, but sometimes it wouldn't freeze till I start mousing over my bookmark tabs, then it would freeze my entire desktop. I can move my mouse but not much else. I can do a ctrl-alt-backspace to reload the xserver.

    Has anyone else noticed this? Also, can some help me troubleshoot this. I've removed and then re-installed firefox and the myplayer plugin; deleted my .mozilla directory; changed profiles. Is there anything else I can do?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Here are the package details:

    Code:
    Repository: @System
    Name: MozillaFirefox
    Version: 3.6.15-0.2.2
    Arch: x86_64
    Vendor: openSUSE
    Installed: Yes
    Status: up-to-date
    Installed Size: 3.4 MiB
    Code:
    Repository: @System
    Name: mplayerplug-in
    Version: 3.55+cvs20100124-0.pm.3.2
    Arch: x86_64
    Vendor: http://packman.links2linux.de
    Installed: Yes
    Status: up-to-date
    Installed Size: 1.8 MiB

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    Default Re: mplayer plugin causing firefox to freeze.

    I tried playing the stream from the command line and it works, so the mplayer backend is fine. Also, i think this is a 64bit problem since my laptop doesn't crash, however it still won't play. It did a week or so ago however; on both systems. Has the plugin be recently updated?

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    Default Re: mplayer plugin causing firefox to freeze.

    You should use gecko-mediaplayer
    It's in packman, you should remove your mplayer plugin. gecko-mediaplayer replaces it
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    Default Re: mplayer plugin causing firfox to freeze.

    I agree. I just tried and it works great. Much better. In addition, you can increase the audio and video cache.

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    Default Re: mplayer plugin causing firfox to freeze.

    Ok, I un-installed the mplayer plugin and installed gecko-mediaplayer. But it still doesn't play, but at least it's not freezing firefox. Do you know of a website where I can test it? Maybe it's the specific website that's causing the problem. Or maybe you can try it on your side:

    The Young Turks: Rebel Headquarters : News : Politics : Commentary

    It's not live at the current moment, but they put their last show on a loop so it should still play. Like I said, I tried it from the command line it it works.

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    hi,

    have you tried the 'xine-plugin' works for me, even for Young Turks

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    Default Re: mplayer plugin causing firfox to freeze.

    No i haven't, but I suspect that since the other plugins don't work xine-plugin won't either. But I'll give it a shot. By the way, did you try the other plugins?

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    Yes, I always used to use the 'mplayer-plugin' before but since it got lost in packman 11.4 when I initially installed ehh, 11.4, I tried out xine-plugin and found it working very good.

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    Default Re: mplayer plugin causing firfox to freeze.

    Quote Originally Posted by ccin1492 View Post
    Ok, I un-installed the mplayer plugin and installed gecko-mediaplayer. But it still doesn't play, but at least it's not freezing firefox. Do you know of a website where I can test it? Maybe it's the specific website that's causing the problem. Or maybe you can try it on your side:

    The Young Turks: Rebel Headquarters : News : Politics : Commentary

    It's not live at the current moment, but they put their last show on a loop so it should still play. Like I said, I tried it from the command line it it works.
    No problem
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    Default Re: mplayer plugin causing firfox to freeze.

    Caf, I tried your suggestion but still nothing. However, I installed xine-plugin and that worked. So on one hand I'm pleased because it worked, but on the other the interface sucks: there are no playback controls like with gecko-mediaplayer and mplayer plugins. I would really like to know why the other plugins don't work... Any thoughts?

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