i have been using ubuntu for a while now, and have been comparing it to windows 7. i have noticed that in ubuntu, in firefox or chrome, streaming videoes on sites like Yahoo having what appears to be buffering problems.
for instance, i tried watching a video on yahoo, and the video was all jerky and the sound was way off sync.
so i copied the url to my win7 machine, watched the same video ( it's on the same computer because i duo boot between win7 and ubuntu 11.10 ) and it's not jerky at all and the sound is in sync.
any ideas why this is happening?
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Ubuntu has an applet "Additional Drivers". Just look for that. With it you can easily install the legacy drivers for things like nvidia and ATI video cards, or wireless cards etc.
Its most likely your drivers.

Specifically I would expect it to be Video drivers, what are your system specs?
Have you installed flash? As far as I know, since flash isn't OpenSource it isn't installed by default on Ubuntu. Use your Packagemanager to install flash for your browsers.
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Hugh McCurdyCommented:
The above questions are good.  I have another question.  What kind of video are you watching?  (streaming flash, mpeg...)?  
JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
"Have you installed flash?"  yes, i think i used the package manager

"what are your system specs? "  i think my video card is an Nvidia geforce 8400

"What kind of video are you watching? " just flash stuff on yahoo

Hugh McCurdyCommented:
I wonder if we could figure out if you have the Nvidia Linux driver loaded or something else.  Could you copy/paste your output from

$ lsmod

(if that doesn't work try)

$ sudo lsmod
Hugh McCurdyCommented:
The driver for my Nvidia Geforce Go 7600 is called nvidia.  My guess is your lsmod won't show nvidia.
Hugh McCurdyCommented:
If the driver isn't there, try this

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current

Open in new window

Then reboot.
JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
i'll try that when i get home.
JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
lsmod yielded this

jeff@Whappingstick:~$ sudo lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
parport_pc             32111  0
ppdev                  12849  0
vesafb                 13449  1
snd_hda_codec_hdmi     27479  1
snd_hda_codec_realtek   255820  1
binfmt_misc            13213  1
snd_hda_intel          24140  2
snd_hda_codec          90901  3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel
snd_hwdep              13274  1 snd_hda_codec
snd_pcm                80244  3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
snd_seq_midi           13132  0
snd_rawmidi            25269  1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq_midi_event     14475  1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq                51291  2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
fglrx                2434640  122
snd_timer              28659  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
snd_seq_device         14110  3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
psmouse                59039  0
snd                    55295  14 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
serio_raw              12990  0
video                  18951  0
soundcore              12600  1 snd
snd_page_alloc         14073  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
lp                     13349  0
parport                36746  3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
tg3                   131476  0
firewire_ohci          31504  0
firewire_core          56138  1 firewire_ohci
crc_itu_t              12627  1 firewire_core
pata_marvell           12756  0
Hugh McCurdyCommented:
fglrx is an ATI video driver if I'm not mistaken.  I don't see a Nvidia driver.  

Perhaps you should get a list of hardware.

$ lspci

Still, you probably want to download the Nvidia driver using the apt- commands I provided above.

JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
wow, i'm such an idiot!
i had an Nvidia, but recently bought a Radeon HD5450
i found my Nvidia in my pile of hareware that i'm not using
so, disregard the Nvidia thing, i have a Radeon HD5450, so i guess i could try the additional drivers thing.
Hugh McCurdyCommented:
We all make mistakes.

Radeon explains why the fglrx driver loaded.  You could check for a driver update.   See if that solves the choppy playback issue.

There are other places to look but I'd have thought that Ubuntu would invisibly take care of those issues.  But one issue at a time.  Please check to make sure the driver is current.
JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
ok, I'll try the additional drivers thing.
JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
thanks for the help, i think the additional drivers helped.
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