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Re: Watching CNN video [FC5]???



On Saturday September 09 2006 1:14 am, Ric Moore wrote:
> It must be on their end... it cycles looking for a server open and does
> connect when it gets one... I don't think it is mplayer, as it does
> connect if you wait a bit. Sometimes it gets it immediately. I think
> that indicates the app is good, the site is busy. that's my two cents,

I think I disagree. I've actually been testing this, though it's not so 
scientific. Sometimes. my configuration connects right up, and video is 
played in moments. But, that's rare. Most of the time, there seems to be a 
process of repeated attempts to connect, over and over, sometimes for 
minutes, before it connects. I've theorized about different packaging of 
mplayer/mplayerplug-in being the culprit, and have tried both the Livna, the 
ones from the mplayerplug-in website, and one's from Blag. Sometimes, matters 
seem to improve, but then an update comes along, and it reverts. What I have 
noticed, repeatedly, is that when I'm in one of those endless loops of 
attempting to connect from Linux, I can usually turn to my adjacent Windows 
box and connect right away. I'm still trying to figure out the issue; on my 
other Linux distros, I don't seem to have the issue - PCLinuxOS comes 
configured to work right from installation, and it seems to connect right up; 
same with MEPIS, which mplayer/mplayerplug-in/codecs install I have to do 
myself - it's only the Fedora boxes where I have this problem. Once I 
connect, it works well, and sometimes, I seem to get the right combo of 
packages, and that works - on one Fedora box, I have set the 
mplayer/mplayerplug-in packages to be exempt from updates, but, I don't 
really like to have to operate that way - so I keep fooling with this when I 
have time, to see if I can track down where the issue is, and for the moment, 
I'm fairly convinced that there is some issue...
-- 
Claude Jones
Brunswick, MD, USA


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