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Re: Issues with Firefox 26 and sound (html5 videos)


From: Ottavio Caruso <>, Date: Tue, 
21 Jan 2014 15:00:08 +0100

> On 21 January 2014 12:00, Ryo ONODERA <> wrote:
>> I can watch your video correctly with sound with firefox-26.0nb1 under
>> NetBSD/amd64 6.99.29.
>> If your video's progress bar cannot progress, pulseaudio does not
>> work properly in many cases.
>> $ pulseaudio --kill
> This first command generates this:
> bash-4.2$ pulseaudio --kill
> W: [(null)] core-error.c: Unable to convert error string to locale, filtering.
> E: [(null)] main.c: Failed to kill daemon: No such process

Have you enabled sysutils/hal properly?
How about the following command as root?

# /etc/rc.d/hal status

You should have the following or similar.

hal is running as pid 474.

If you cannot get "running", please see:

And mplayer works with pulseaudio.
Firefox is complicated software, mplayer's pulseaudio support
is suitable for pulseaudio's functionality check.
Please run the following.

$ mplayer -ao pulse your-favorite-video-file-with-audio.mp4

mplayer's message is easier to understand the status of pulseaudio.

>> $ pulseaudio --cleanup-shm
>> $ pulseaudio --start
> The other two trigger no complaints, but nothing changes in terms of
> progress bar, even killing FF and restarting it. I've also tried in
> safe-mode, no joy.
>> And pulseaudio 2.1.nb12 or earlier is not stable, especially second
>> invocation of pulseaudio causes hang of pulseaudio.
>> You can confirm your pulseaudio version.
>  It's pulseaudio-2.1nb13.
>> V8/V9/Vorbis codecs are built in firefox 26.0.
>> And if you want to play H.264 or other videos, you can use gstreamer 0.10
>> codecs to play H.264 or other videos.
> I have gstreamer 0.10 installed already.
> If it works on your system, there must be something wrong in my
> configuration then.
> -- 
> Ottavio

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