Thursday, September 13, 2007

me and my flash problem

Currently I'm living quite happily on 64 bit world. Java works well, open office is there, so is most open source game. The only problem now is flash.

Firstly, adobe do not have 64 bit version, which I have to resort to installing 32 bit browser to make it work. But now doesn't really work because, there is no sound after installing the latest alsa to make my sound card works properly.

Which I comes with a few plan, plan A is recompile the driver and change the makefile on
alsa-lib by add -m32 on the cflags, change the directory. let's say the plan don't work well.

plan b is to use gnash, which close to useless, because you don't work at all, so it google video.

So now i am stuck with flash with no sound. Which hopefully will be fixed on gutsy. Since gutsy comes with the same alsa version as mine currently used.

on the other hand, I should really spend some time studying.

update, realplayer don't work too, on 64 bit.

Monday, September 10, 2007

me and my new laptop: the issue

basically there is a few issue on my laptop. one basically it is a 64 bit computer running a 64 bit OS. You just got to love unix, not their design per se, just flexibility. But few issue that i resolve.

First, running flash, basically there is no 64 bit version. So we will need to run 32 bit version of the browser. Which me being morbidly lazy try to find solution. Which resulted in:

basically this nice person wrote a script to automate, the installation of 32bit browser. With flash etc.

Second, there is issue of the on board sound card, one, produce sound when i put in the head phone, and second i cannot use it to record sound. the audio input is broken. the solution is basically compile it. the solution is basically this.

but there is the catch. the ia32 version of asound, and alsa-oss does not reflect the change. so the result it flash now have no sound at all. i still try to figure out how to compile it.

Lastly is my wifi. an broadcom card, 4311 to be precised. but the firmware is not supported by the ubuntu stock kernel. not on the stable branch either. but on current development branch. which i think i will wait. So currently the solution is to used ndiswrapper, and use the driver from dell. it works like charm, except i can't sniff wireless traffic from it.

Friday, September 07, 2007

me and my new laptop

I just got a new laptop. since the old one dead. It is actually a bargain actually. consider that it is a turion 64 x2, 1 gig ram, 80 gig harddisk. and nvidia, 6150. and it just cost rm 2270.

and works quite well on ubuntu 64 bit. what surprised me is that the nvidia card works quite easily. but what also surprised me is that . the on broadcom wireless, bcm4311 to be precise, don't work as well, which is surprising because it just need a firmware. which i got from a third party repository. which seems to cause trouble
[ 37.273463] bcm43xx driver
[ 37.280132] bcm43xx: Unsupported 80211 core revision 13
[ 37.281980] bcm43xx: Invalid PHY Revision 9
[ 37.961596] bcm43xx: FATAL ERROR: BCM43xx_IRQ_XMIT_ERROR
[ 48.180802] bcm43xx: MAC suspend failed
[ 48.218142] bcm43xx: MAC suspend failed
[ 48.254113] bcm43xx: MAC suspend failed
which should work using fwcutter. but seems the firmware not working. so now working on plan b. ndiswrapper. the reason not to use ndiswrapper is because i sometime do some wireless sniffing, on my network that is. and ndiswrapper can't do that . so now try again. worst come to worse use ndiswrapper.

few years back i face with this problem. with the ipw2100 card from intel. at least, intel provide the firmware for use to download to make it easier for us linux user. now i have rely on other to get the driver.