Re: [SLUG] Hulu sounds like a stuck CD

From: Paul M Foster (
Date: Fri May 08 2009 - 18:04:53 EDT

On Fri, May 08, 2009 at 03:29:12PM -0400, Chuck Hast wrote:

> On Fri, May 8, 2009 at 1:06 PM, Paul M Foster <>
> wrote:
> >> On May 8, 2009, at 12:19 AM, Chuck Hast wrote:
> >>
> >>> Folks,
> >>> I gave Hulu a try tonight, the video comes down OK but the audio
> >>> sounds
> >>> like a stuck CD player. Anyone have any idea of what I need to fix??
> >>> I am
> >>> running Suse 11.1, on a HP S7712n. Not sure where to poke at it...
> >>>
> >
> > I have no answer for you. On Debian Sid, running Firefox (Iceweasel)
> > 3.0.1, I've had no problems with Hulu. It runs like Youtube videos,
> > which means it runs fine.
> Setheck and Paul,
> I am running FF 3 but am not sure which ver of Flash, (how do I get the ver
> number, seems the last thing I downloaded was 9.x but it is always doing
> "upgrades" and other updates, so it maybe newer.
> I just downloaded Kubuntu for my laptop, seems that Suse has gotten so
> unstable on some things that I am going to let it go through a few versions\
> before I try it again.
> Back on the stuttering Hulu (it is only the audio) I will look and see what I
> can see, I am not real sure where to poke, seems I have had the best luck
> with audio in general, most times when I have it a problem is a permissions
> problem and once figured out there is no more, but this one is strange in
> that it seems to be only on Hulu, but will check some others.

Well, if you mean that the videos start, play, hang briefly from time to
time, and then continue, yes I get that too. I'm pretty sure that's a
CPU/memory issue. For example, when fetchmail is sucking up mail from my
internet mail server, it has a tendency to briefly pause any running
videos. If you can check a CPU/memory usage graph while watching videos,
you'll probably see a spike when videos pause. I don't really worry
about it. I suppose you could change nice values to give FF or Flash
more governance over the CPU. My box is a crappy little Asus with a meg
of memory and a Celeron CPU. I don't expect stellar performance.


Paul M. Foster
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