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Bonehead

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xp and ubuntu
« on: December 02, 2009, 12:07:46 PM »
I currently have 3 identical atom dual core 1.6 players hooked up. one running Ubuntu and the other two are running xp. I updated all three players remotely to the current 1.8.169 software. The ubuntu player installed and restarted the assigned campaign. the two xp players installed the upgrade but did not restart the campaign until I rebooted the players manually as they were offline and could not be done remotely.

I also have a simple flash file playing in the timeline. it plays fine in the xp version but flickers badly on Ubuntu. Do I need to install adobe flash player on the ubuntu? Is there something else? So far I like Ubuntu except for this.

Cheers!

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Re: xp and ubuntu
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2009, 04:04:11 PM »
Hello,

In the Ubuntu Player, do you have HTML component ?
There is a known issue with fonts that are none embedded (none system fonts) when using the HTML component in Ubuntu that cause flickering.

Please let me know,

David.

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Re: xp and ubuntu
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2009, 07:46:34 AM »
No I'm not running html just a simple swf in the timeline full screen. In fact, even the Media Signage spash screen flickers badly.

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Re: xp and ubuntu
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2010, 06:44:09 AM »
Anything new since?

I'm also having the flickering issue and I'm not using any HTML component, only swf or plain images.

The flickering also happens on the loading screen, when the MediaSignage logo is displayed.

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Re: xp and ubuntu
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2010, 12:14:31 PM »
Ok, I tried something new which seemed to solved the issue :

In my screen layout I have 5 zones or "Viewers".
One is playing flash slideshows as part of a "Scene" and the others are static images or text (some are scenes, other just an image of the right size)

Originally, some of the zones where just next to each other, with no extra pixel between them, and the swf zone had been created last so it had order 5 in the layout.

The two things I changed :

- Resized some of the zones so there is at least 5 pixels between them.

- Put the zone containing the scene with the swf in order 0.


The flickering is now gone (or at least is unoticeable).
« Last Edit: May 01, 2010, 10:16:49 AM by Adrien »

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Re: xp and ubuntu
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2010, 02:01:51 PM »
Thanks for reporting.
Yes, the conflict with the driver only exists when screen divisions overlap.
In fact, even moving each screen division just 2-3 pixels from each other should be fine when using the Ubuntu Linux version. Of course in windows (XP/7/XPe) there is no issue like this.

We used to tell our customers to mostly order the Ubuntu mediaBOX. However this may change towards Windows as AIR 2.0 (due to release this summer) will support hardware acceleration for Videos that are encoded with H.264.

Thanks for the update,
Regards,

Sean - MediaSignage.com

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Re: xp and ubuntu
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2010, 10:16:09 AM »
You're welcome.

At least it's an easy fix to apply. But I wish you could have the screen divisions to overlap without worrying about it.

And by the way I'm using the BLACKBOX and it's been working really great. I've done the update to Air 2 beta 2 before thinking of moving the divisions and although it didn't help for this issue it's been ok so far.

Yet I've tried to apply updates through Ubuntu's update manager but after it installed 2.18 kernel the BLACKBOX was constantly rebooting so I had to revert to the default 2.15. It could be a good idea to provide some guidlines on how to update a BLACKBOX without breaking anything or even better, a well-tailored script that would take care of this when needed.

Anyway, thanks for your constant work, MediaSignage is becoming better everyday!

 

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